Having been adjudged as the 'best hitter' at the recently concluded USA vs India Baseball League held at Jaipur from February 7 to 16, 30-year-old Ramesh now hopes to represent the country in more international tournaments. India won the five match series 3-2, and in his first outing, while representing the country, he scored three home runs in one of the matches to guide the team to victory.
A resident of Noorwala, Ludhiana, Ramesh won the title of 'best all-rounder' at the Baseball Premium League held in Hyderabad in November last year, after which he was picked for the Indian baseball team.
The ace hitter was also selected to play from India's side in the World Series held in Korea in 2008, but had to withdraw his name due to financial constraints. Ramesh, who has devoted 16 years to the game, has a rich haul of medals from various national tournaments.
The baseballer was also part of the Panjab University, Chandigarh, team which won the All-India Inter-University Championship in 2009.
He was also adjudged ‘best hitter’ in Punjab’s title triumph in the 26th Senior Nationals. Ramesh scored nine home runs in the entire course of the tournament. An MPhil in physical education, Ramesh teaches at Kamla Lohtia SD College and took up coaching around four years ago.
"One needs to have a good eye, good arm strength and balance to hit the ball. Your concentration should be on the pitcher, the angle he takes to throw the ball, and ball's varying movements in the air. I am happy that I was able to do well for my team," he said.
Sharing his struggle, he said, "In 2010, I got a severe injury on my back. Despite numerous attempts to give my best, I could not throw and hit the ball hard. For a while, I was discouraged and thought this was the end of the game for me. But, after a break, the injury healed and I was back in form within a couple of days."
Ramesh said that though there was little encouragement or support for the game in India but he was hopeful for the future of the game.
“There is no encouragement for baseball in India. I want to see the plight of the game change," he said.
Sukhdev Singh, Ramesh's coach from the the District Baseball Association, said, "He was very particular about his basics from the very beginning which paid him in the long-run. Despite knowing that the game is not popular in the country, he followed his passion. To see him getting an opportunity to play for the Indian side was indeed a happy moment for me.”