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Touching note from a fan

Received this as a comment on one of my posts. Had to share it with you all... it just strikes a chord somewhere inside...

Hope this mail finds you in good comfort!

Please do not consider this as selection criteria, but felt as sharing this with you as this will be my last attempt to try for any Cricket Selections …. In fact I do not where to start and where to end this mail of mine.

This mail is about me,I am in my early 20`s now , i m working as a Assistant in Bangalore .

In 1997 (age 13) i was in my 8th std ,during mid term test i couldn’t perform well in my exams and my dad was a very strict about my studies and if i couldn’t perform well I used get beatings from my dad always as he wanted me to score above 90 every time. Today I realize that all which he did was his love towards me to make me a better person. During my test i couldn’t perform well in 2 off my papers and after my exams my teacher wanted to meet my dad cause of my poor performance .With my fear i couldn’t tell this to my parents and i took a decision without even thinking about my future. I left my home ,my parents, my studies everything , i was the only son for my parents, I was 13 then (1997). My journey started in Bangalore railway station ,i went everywhere chennai, hydrabad, nagpur, lonavala, pune...mumbai...sleeping in goods section in trains

Finally i got tired and landed in mumbai…yes Mumbai .In mumbai i went to an hotel in pillohouse ....started working there then started selling tea , citrates, on a cycle...worked in chowpaty in dosa stalls...you might think why i am telling you all these things..but... i doont know...

During this period i used to work for rs800 as my monthly salary in tht hotel...i used to save all my money without spending on anything because i wanted to join Bengal cricket club in dadar, where sangam lad sir use to be the coach. i came to know about this in a newspaper there where i used to read daily in fear thinking my photo might come up in papers.. after 6 to 8 months i collected 4500rs i paid sangam sir the money nd stated playing for the club....my struggle went on....after some time amir chahcha passed away the hotel got closed and i was left homeless....i then went to agripada,which is near lower parel...got a job in dosa stall ...where i used to work nd sleep on the table to luk after the stall which was there on footpath.But my struggle n love for cricket never died...i still remember one day i didnt had money to get the train ticket from mumbai central to dadar and the previous day i had seen the conductor TT catching a person and handing him over police who
was caught travelling without ticket ...having that fear i ran from mumbai central to dadar morning 4 o clock.

yrs passed on and i kept on doing the same thing every day morning practice even work in food stalls. later amith bhate uncle from national cricket club in oval maidan told me to practice there and i started playing for national cricket club in 2003.he also got me a job in a courier company .

And during the same year i was transfered to banaglore,may be by gods wish..i came here wrote letter to my parents (after 7 yrs)that is something which i cannot express nor i can tell in words..it was as beautiful as it can get ...i came to blore started working nd i couldnt miss my routine even here,,,i joined brijesh patel academy ... Ananth sir was the coach then ( hope he still remembers me, Selector now for the state ),I used to play around Ganesh Satish, Amit Verma, Nikhil Kashap, … Ganesh and Amit are now playing for Karnataka and Nikhil for Bangalore Brigadiers.(You might think that even though i got so many chances to play for so long why i havent been a proper professional cricketer yet. As you read, everytime i am in my peak of getting into teams i always had something else happening on the other side of my life which kept me pulling back from cricket)

By now I had realized my mistake which I made 13 years ago by leaving my studies, I then planned to continue my studies and got my Diploma in Web and Graphic Designing thru Aptech Academy. Started hunting for jobs as I had realized that I should settle and leave the cricket madness forever.

When I saw your message on twitter about playing for RCB, my body said YES got your chance, but my mind still says don’t repeat the same mistake. Coming to a happier note I just got married a month ago and leading a good married life. But I still pray to god

“Give Me Some Sunshine, Give Me Some Rain

Give Me Another Chance I Wanna Grow Up Once Again”

Please please keep me posted on any selections update and wish you good luck for your future.

Thanks for your time


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Hey nidhi,

thank you so much for your support and motivating me from all these comments. Unfortunately, I am not short-listed for the upcoming trials.

Old saying - Hope for the best and prepare for the worst !! ha ha

Thank you people for all your kind words.

Good luck
r123456 on 27 Feb 2010, 06:23 AM
Absolutely touching note this one !!!
Even I thought I should apply but then as @raghu-nath points out may be I get joy in Writing about cricket as well.
I can keep writing if ppl like this guy gets a chance to prove himself !!
Aak on 18 Dec 2009, 02:46 AM
This is a very touching note.

Nidhi, one of the things you could probably do is to meet him when you get a chance to and see if you can make him the 38th Fanatic Fan if you feel he deserves.

If this is not possible I suggest you 'remove' one of the 'inactive (or indifferent ??) FFs amongst the 37 (am sure there are plenty of them :) ? :( !! ) , accommodate this guy and find a role for him. Possible?? Thanks in advance!!

Luckily, there are many ways we can ignite our lives through cricket - though only 11 can play! As an example, many cricket writers probably enjoy cricket more by writing about it than by being players themselves!
Raghunath on 17 Dec 2009, 06:41 AM
Even i wanted to apply fr this Playing fr RCB.. m just 16.. Luckily By gods GRACE m HAPPY wid a GREAT FAMILY... Seing guys like the one in this post i reeely feel he should be given a shot fr selection,... casue as v all know onli the Fittest n MOST HArd WORKING survive in t20 cricket..!!!
vignesh-sridhar on 17 Dec 2009, 04:10 AM
I hope u make it for RCB at least for one match.

Anyone who faces the dark side of life like struggling phase are mentally more stronger than the normal ones.
jackky on 17 Dec 2009, 12:27 AM
U know what.. I applied for this, just like that, i wanted to give it a shot as cricket is my passion.. but looking at this guys application even f i had it in me to make the selection, I'd give up my place to fulfill this guys dream!

People who work hard to follow their dream deserve all the happiness there is in this world! My heart goes out to this guy as I pray for this guy making it to the team.. atleast for one match!

Nidhi, If you are asking for votes here is a genuine one! May god bless him with all the health, wealth and happiness!

KunJan on 16 Dec 2009, 11:33 PM
definitely strikes a chord...not only as a cricket fan but also the untiring effort behind the ordeal. Kudos!
disha-shetty on 16 Dec 2009, 11:23 PM
Really heart warming....
Hope you make it mate....
Poshin on 16 Dec 2009, 10:55 PM
Really heart touching!!
sandesh-bellurshashidhara on 16 Dec 2009, 08:04 PM
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