Much-feted all-rounder Abhishek Sharma among Top 30 Under 30, Sachin his inspiration

In the run-up to its sixth edition of Top 30 under 30, Hindustan Times profiles 30 young achievers who will be felicitated at its flagship event on May 26. They are from fields ranging from the forces, academics and art to entertainment and sports. Among them is Abhishek Sharma.
Abhishek Sharma(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Abhishek Sharma(Bharat Bhushan/HT)
Updated on May 25, 2017 06:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent

Bowled over: Abhishek Sharma, 16, Amritsar

This 16-year-old all-rounder from Amritsar achieved a rare feat when he became the first cricketer to bag two prestigious Board of Cricket Control in India awards. He lifted the Raj Singh Dungarpur award for being the highest scorer in the Vijay Merchant Trophy (2015-2016), and Raj Singh Dungarpur award for being the highest wicket-taker in the same tournament with 57 wickets under his belt. Also, he led the India U-19 team to Youth Asia Cup glory in Sri Lanka thanks to which he made his debut in the senior Punjab team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy in the 2016-2017 season.

Secret sauce: Constant hard work and a burning desire to do well.

Inspiration: Sachin Tendulkar

Challenges facing India: Corruption, unemployment and crime against women.

Uplifting feature: The fact that India is turning into a sporting nation.

The road ahead: Abhishek wants to play for the Indian team, and has his eyes set on the 2018 U-19 World Cup. Then he will aim for ODIs, T20s and also Test cricket.

As an agent of change: This young cricketer says he will be a guiding light for his generation by doing well for the India U-19 team in the 2018 World Cup.

By the way: Abhishek loves playing FIFA games on PS3 besides picking up clothes from H&M.

To know about the other achievers Click here

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