Under-19 World Cup: How Atharva Ankolekar tricked mother before his first game
Written by Devendra Pandey
| Mumbai |

Updated: January 29, 2020 4:53:04 am


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Vaidehi Ankolekar, a bus conductor with Brihannamumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) in Mumbai, was fearful until final week. Her son Atharva wasn’t capable of finding a spot within the enjoying XI for the first two league video games of the U-19 World Cup.

Atharva had injured his hand throughout coaching on the eve of the first game and was suggested per week’s relaxation. Worried that the information would possibly upset his mother, Atharva hadn’t disclosed the damage. He prompt to his brother to whisk her away for a vacation in Rajasthan. The rationale was that being away from tv would guarantee his mother didn’t get too fearful. Vaidehi says she travelled to Jaipur and Jodhpur with a gaggle of members of the family, unaware that her son was injured.

“We would speak daily around 10 pm, discuss things like whether he is eating properly but I had no way of knowing about his injury. He hid it. I would of course ask him why he wasn’t playing and he would tell me that he will play the next match,” Vaidehi tells The Indian Express.

Only after the New Zealand game did Atharva share photos of his damage with his mother saying he had recovered now, that it wasn’t too severe, and he would undoubtedly play the following game. “That’s when I knew,” Vaidehi says.

In the quarterfinal in opposition to Australia, Atharva confirmed his temperament in a significant knock – India had been struggling at 144 for six and even 200 regarded a distant risk however Atharva dragged them to 233 with an unbeaten 55. In explicit, his 61-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Ravi Bishnoi, who made 30, turned the tide.

Vaidehi is now aware of cricketing jargon and excitedly rattles off, “Did you see how he slogged in the latter stages? I thought even 200 was going to be tough but he batted remarkably. That partnership with Bishnoi helped a lot,” she says.

Atharva’s father Vinod Ankolekar died when he was 10 and Vaidehi took up her husband’s job as conductor in BEST, the state transport organisation, to help her two sons. She returned from work early for the quarterfinal as everybody on the bus depot knew the importance of the day. She says each dialog together with her son ends together with her asking him to deliver the cup again dwelling, as a tribute to her late husband who wished their son to change into a cricketer. On Tuesday, Atharva took slightly large step in direction of reaching his father’s dream – and made his mother completely happy and proud.

Brief scores: India U-19 233/9 in 50 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 62, Atharva Ankolekar 55*; Todd Murphy 2/40) bt Australia U-19 159 all out in 43.Three overs (Sam Fanning 75; Kartik Tyagi 4/24, Akash Singh 3/30) by 74 runs

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