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RP goes to God for team's comeback

The lanky seamer is out on a holy trip to pray for team and his recovery. So 'puja' and 'archana' at the religious places in the State has become a routine for him nowadays, reports Sharad Deep.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2008 20:37 IST
Sharad Deep

TEAM INDIA'S humiliating nine-wicket defeat in the Twenty20 game against Australia last week seems to have left Rudra hurt.

Rudra who? The same left-arm seamer from UP, who shone in India's maiden T20 World Cup win at South Africa. He is down with hamstring injury, but the T20 defeat has left him hurt and bruised.

The lanky seamer is out on a holy trip to pray for team and his recovery. So 'puja' and 'archana' at the religious places in the State has become a routine for him nowadays.

In the wee hours of Monday (around 3.30 a.m.), the ace bowler attended auspicious 'Mangal Aarti' at world known Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, before paying a special visit to 'Sankatmochan' temple in the religious city.

His reported visit to 'Kal Bhairon' temple expressed his true desire for his own and the Team India's success. Known as 'Kashi Ka Daroga', the temple holds a great important for everyone, and it's a common belief that ones' visit to the holy city can't be treated completed without paying a visit to this temple.

As expected his visits to all the religious places in the holy city was kept secret because of the security reasons, but when he reached one of the famous ghats of 'Ganga' there, everyone knew it by that time.

He had fun boat ride on the waves of mythical Ganga and before the cricket fans could gather around him, the lanky seamer with some of his close friends decided to skip his 'religious journey'.

This wasn't all. In the evening too, he attended a 'special aarti' programme at famous 'Ma Vindhyavasini' temple in Mirzapur district, around 75-km away from Varanasi.

During his religious journey the ace cricketer of Rae Bareli had a brief chat with scribes also, and was quite cool while answering them.

"The side playing ODI series in Australia is well balanced and will do its best to emerge on top among the three champion sides."

Praising the rotational policy of cricket board, he said: "It not only ensures that unheralded talent gets to play in Team India, but also gives due rest to injured players."

About his injury, Rudra said that his recovery was fine, and will start bowling in nets in four to five days. "Injuries to pacers are common. And with cricket becoming more demanding, injuries to fast bowlers are cropping up thick and fast. The increase in flat tracks and dwindling of pacy pitches is also contributing to the parlous trend."