AT THE CRPF camp in Odisha’s Maoist-impacted Rayagada region, nobody knew Ravi Kumar. A modest bunch knew his dad, Rajinder Singh, an Assistant Sub Inspector. In any case, Saturday night transformed everything. Ravi, a left-arm seamer, seized three wickets for 14 runs – featured by an initial spell of 5-1-5-3 – to set up India’s five-wicket triumph over Bangladesh for a spot in the elimination rounds of U-19 World Cup in West Indies.
It was India’s best second in the competition yet, as Bangladesh had beaten them to the prize in the past version.
Today, all the discussion in the CRPF camp is about Rajinder and Ravi. “Kal tak toh koi Rajinder ko yahan janta nahi tha. Aaj sab saheb jante hai (Until yesterday, nobody knew Rajinder here. Today, every one of the officials know)… Ravi ka daddy Rajinder is the discussion of our unit here. Every one of the officials have called and complimented me, I don’t have many words to communicate my bliss,” a passionate Rajinder told.The father-child pair needed to cross a progression of obstacles to enjoy this day. The narrative of Ravi was one that almost didn’t occur. His mom was stressed over her child playing cricket constantly, and needed him to zero in on scholastics and procure a degree. Ravi, unperturbed, would tell her: “Aaj aap mujhe rok rahi hai, ek noise aisa aayega ki aap mujhe TV pe dekhoge (Today, you are halting me yet there will come a day when you will see me on TV).”
Rajinder recollected this line when he watched his child cut the Bangladesh top-request, with his sharp and elusive bowling, on his cell phone in the camp profound into the evening. He concedes that there were times when he, as well, was stressed over his child’s future. “I don’t have cash and assets to make him play for India,” he says.But then, at that point, seeing Ravi’s drive and responsibility, he told him: “Assuming you have the ‘dum’, you will play for India.” That, his child did when he was scarcely 19. Yet, not prior to defeating a few mishaps. Understanding that his possibilities of progress were depressing assuming he remained in UP, Ravi called his dad after choice preliminaries in Kanpur and let him know he had heard discussion about pay-offs for a spot in the state’s U-16 crew.