On Saturday, India’s Under-19 cricket team defeated Bangladesh by 5 runs and won the Asia Cup. The hero of this victory was 18-year-old all-rounder Atharva Ankolekar. Due to his amazing bowling, the Indian team managed to win the Asia Cup for the seventh time.
Atharva Ankolekar took five wickets for 28 runs in the final match played in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Atharva was honored with the Man of the Match award for his outstanding performance. The story of Atharva becoming a cricketer is very inspiring.
Atharva’s mother is a bus conductor
Atharva Ankolekar belongs to a middle class family. His mother Vaidehi is a bus conductor. Atharva died when his father was 10 years old. His father worked as a conductor in the Transport Department (BEST) of Mumbai. He was fond of playing cricket. His dream was that one day his son will play for the Indian cricket team.
After Atharva’s father passed away, his mother got a job as a conductor in the bus. The passion of the mother and the passion of the son have managed to make a place in the Indian cricket team (U-19).
Has taken Sachin’s wicket
Atharva came into the limelight 9 years ago when he dismissed Sachin Tendulkar, Lord of the cricket world, in a practice match. Atharva is 18 years old and a B.Com second year student.
Atharva has taken 12 wickets in the Under-19 Asia Cup. The most wicket taker in this tournament is the bowlers. His mother is very happy with this great performance of Atharva. Recalling her husband on this occasion, she said- ‘I wish his father would have seen this, he made his father proud, made us all proud.’
She says that Atharva still has a long way to go. We would also like that Atharva becomes a part of the Indian National Cricket Team and set new records.