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From garage to ground, the making of a bowler

Sharma would still have been checking the speedometer or fixing the wheels of a car, if not for his coach Venkatram, who chanced upon this Jharkhand speedster who had come for a trial at his cricket academ, reports Heena Zuni Pandit.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2008 22:38 IST
Heena Zuni Pandit

Some events change lives forever. Something similar happened to the bowlers who were picked for training at the MRF Pace Academy through Gatorade Pacers 2008.

Ten medium pacers were selected after a comprehensive nationwide process and sent for training under T.A. Sekar and Dennis Lillee.

One of the winners, Rahul Sharma of Ranchi, hails from a family, which if measured would fall way below on the family income yardstick. His father, who works as a mechanic barely manages to support the family of four, let alone finance his son's game.

Sharma would still have been checking the speedometer or fixing the wheels of a car at his father's garage, if not for his coach Venkatram, who chanced upon this Jharkhand speedster who had come for a trial at his cricket academy.

"My father is a car mechanic. We have a small garage and that makes it all the more difficult as I had to spend time there. But then my father has very supportive. He would urge me on even though he could not provide for the financial demands of the game."

"This (MRF training) was a rare experience. The guidance from Sekar sir has been of great value," said the 18-year old, who takes inspiration from Brett Lee and knows that he has got everything that takes to become a good fast bowler and make it big.

"I know there is a long way to go for me and I am ready to do whatever it takes to be there (on the top)," he added.