For Rajasthan's latest find, daddy knows best
Waiting in the lobby of a five-star hotel in the city, Kevon Cooper was busy dribbling a football and the style and control that was on display would have made the onlookers wonder whether they were watching an international footballer in action. Firoz Mirza reports.india Updated: Apr 11, 2012 00:02 IST
Waiting in the lobby of a five-star hotel in the city, Kevon Cooper was busy dribbling a football and the style and control that was on display would have made the onlookers wonder whether they were watching an international footballer in action.
They wouldn't have been too much off the mark had Cooper's father not forced the 23-year-old to take up cricket, because his other two brothers were also pursuing a career in football and he wanted at least one child to play the game he loved most.
And Cooper hasn't disappointed his father. Having made a mark in the domestic cricket circuit in the West Indies, the all-rounder played a stellar role in the Rajasthan Royals' victory in the first two games of the Indian Premier League season.
"I hail from a family of footballers. My two brothers play football in the US. Younger brother Kevin Molino is playing for Orlando City in the USL Professional Division and there is a chance he may turn an Olympian in the days to come.
Different ball game
"But I switched to cricket because of my dad's love for the game, and with the new-found success I feel I have done the right thing," added Cooper, who has scalped seven wickets in two games and also showed that he can hit a few lusty blows in the final overs.
However, despite the IPL fetching him name and fame, Cooper, like any other cricketer, feels it is a great honour to play for one's country. In fact, he will not mind joining the national squad if the selectors show faith in him. "Every player dreams of playing for his country. I also want to play for the West Indies. If I get a call to join the squad for the ongoing series against Australia, I would prefer country over club."
On what is his dream in this edition of the IPL, Cooper promptly says, "Sachin Tendulkar's wicket."
But with the master blaster unlikely to play in the match against the Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday, the all-rounder will have to wait to have a go at the legend.
Till then, he won't mind breaking the defence of Tendulkar's teammates and take the Royals to victory.