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'If I can teach kids, it will only help'

This bit is about an unlikely cricket hero. He does not have the humongous fan following of the stars but he does have his own niche bunch. Shubhodeep Chakravarty reports.

cricket Updated: Dec 29, 2010 23:57 IST
Shubhodeep Chakravarty

This bit is about an unlikely cricket hero. He does not have the humongous fan following of the stars but he does have his own niche bunch.

If the locals here are to be believed, Bharmour was Lord Shiva's abode. If the same locals are to be believed again, the small cricket field here was blessed by a sparkling display of shots as Goldy Singh brought up the only century scored by a local in the ongoing state-wide T20 tournament. His already increasing fan following since has known no bounds.

An apple farmer by profession, 25-year-old Goldy spends most of his day helping his father in the orchard. But when he isn't spraying fertilizers and picking fruits, Goldy can be found practicing, and perfecting his stroke-play.

According to Goldy and his small group of friends, conditions here at 7000 feet are conducive for only half the year. "Playing cricket is not a regular affair," says Goldy who is already thronged by school kids asking for batting tips and a local cricket school naturally becomes part of his future plans.