Happy that I let my son play cricket: Ravi Bishnoi’s father | Cricket News

JAIPUR: In the last two years, Ravi Bishnoi‘s career graph has seen a steady rise. On Wednesday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, he started another chapter of his rising career with a dream debut for India during the first T20I of the three-match series against the West Indies. The 21-year-old leg-spinner recorded remarkable figures of 4-0-17-2 that also earned him the Man of the Match award. His twin strike in the 11th over where he removed Roston Chase and Rovman Powell, dented the tourists’ prospects of putting up a big score and it was his googlies which did the trick.
The moment Ravi received his India cap from Yuzvendra Chahal, exuberant celebrations broke out in Mangilal Bishnoi’s house in Jodhpur, as friends and neighbours dropped by to congratulate him for his son’s achievement. “Poora ghar bhar gaya tha (the entire house was full with guests). Together we all watched Ravi bowl. It was such a wonderful night and to see my son in an India jersey was a very proud moment,” shared Mangilal, who is a government school teacher.
Looking at the turn of events, Ravi’s father now feels it was a great decision to let his child follow his passion for cricket. “I wanted him to prioritise studies so that he could get a decent job. We are a middle-class family and I never wanted to risk his future. It’s a rural background we come from, but I ensured he went to an English medium school,” said the father.
Plans did not fall in place and naughty kid Ravi, not interested in books, devoted most of his time to playing cricket. “He was doing poorly at school and I used to get calls from teachers complaining about his performance. I tried hard to convince him to focus on studies, but it was he and his coaches, Pradyot Singh Rathore and Shahrukh Pathan, who eventually ended up convincing me to let him play the sport. I am glad, I let him follow his passion,” Mangilal said, adding that Ravi is the only one in the family to make a career in sports.
From being the highest wicket-taker at the 2020 Under-19 World Cup to being one of the three draft picks to join the new IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants for Rs 4 crore, the new boy in the international circuit has come a long way from the time he joined his two coaches in getting ready Jodhpur’s Spartans Academy in 2015 where he now trains.
The leggie’s coach Rathore said that no cricket infrastructure in Jodhpur was also a reason behind Ravi’s father’s reluctance to allow him to play cricket.
Talking about the leg-spinner’s stock ball which is a googly, Rathore said, “Like I have said before, he is a very deceptive bowler. Areas in which you throw the ball is very important. Variation should be there but if you are a bowler who bowls straight and your ball skids, then definitely you are bound to trouble the batsmen.”
The proud coach vouches for many more such memorable moments from the youngster which India will be proud of in the future.

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