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Travis picks up the pieces, to build a career block by block

Bouncing back from a setback and finding your feet defines a successful sportsman’s career. Australian Travis Head knows that better than most sportsmen out there. Currently playing in the Indian Premier League as part of the Delhi Daredevils squad, Head has had quite a tumultuous career for someone who is just 21.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2015 14:07 IST
Kushal Phatarpekar

Bouncing back from a setback and finding your feet defines a successful sportsman’s career. Australian Travis Head knows that better than most sportsmen out there. Currently playing in the Indian Premier League as part of the Delhi Daredevils squad, Head has had quite a tumultuous career for someone who is just 21.

It was a matter of inches that saved him. Known as one of the most promising young Australian cricketers, Head’s career threatened to end one fateful day in 2013 just as it looked poised to take off.

The South Australia-based cricketer was out celebrating his side’s Sheffield Shield victory over Victoria, when he was hit by a car. Head, who sustained head and back injuries, was immediately rushed to hospital. “I was hit by a car after a game and sustained some injuries to my head and back,” he told HT. “I was just crossing the road when it happened. It was just being at the wrong place at the wrong time. It did not look good and I am just glad to have come back from it,” added Head.

The accident though acted as a catalyst for the right-handed batsman. The same year, he became a regular contributor with bat for South Australia.

“I was just lucky to have not sustained a serious injury. I went on to score some big runs in club cricket,” he said. Earlier this year, Head was named captain of South Australia in Sheffield Shield.

In his stint with the Delhi Daredevils, the young batsman hopes to experience the Indian conditions and learn from the stalwarts who are part of the IPL. “I am still a young player. And I am very happy that the franchise has backed me,” said Head who will be playing in his first IPL.

“I am happy with the work we have done so far as a group. I have played in India as an under-19 player. Obviously it was a new experience to adjust to Indian conditions. Working with people like (DD coach) Gary (Kirsten) has been really good,” he added.

“I have been a part of the Big Bash and it has obviously brought in a lot crowds at the games. But I hear it is going to be a lot louder and bigger in the IPL. So, I am really looking forward to a good season.”