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‘My Career has Been like the Journey of a Person Trekking a Mountain’

Punjab Kings’ wicketkeeper-batter Jitesh Sharma, who has proven his ending prowess in ample measure in his debut IPL season, has equated his journey as a cricketer to somebody climbing a mountain — one second on the high and the following second falling off the height.  The 28-year-old Vidarbha cricketer performed a helpful knock of 26 (17 balls) in opposition to CSK on debut, occurring to attain 23 (11 balls) and an unbeaten 30 (15 balls) in opposition to the Gujarat Titans and the Mumbai Indians respectively.


However in 2017, the 28-year-old, whereas at his peak, hit a lean patch and located himself battle to retain his place within the state staff.

“The journey of my profession has been just like the journey of an individual trekking a mountain as a result of. Until 2017, I felt like I used to be on the peak of the mountain. It doesn’t take too lengthy to fall from there and I had a drop like that in 2017 the place I discovered it very troublesome to be within the state staff as effectively,” Sharma advised the Punjab Kings web site.

He recalled attempting to maintain calm, and taking child steps to get again on his toes. “After that, I solely centered on taking one step at a time and once I performed my first recreation, I recalled all the things that day from my previous once I was sitting within the dugout. From the place I’ve come, my struggles, all my sacrifices for this second and all of the individuals who have supported me. I don’t wish to disappoint anybody, even myself,” mentioned the 28-year-old.

Sharma wouldn’t solid the day he made his debut in opposition to CSK, taking part in in opposition to the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, being bowled to by Ravindra Jadeja and having Dwayne Bravo and Ambati Rayudu as close-in fielders.

It’s straightforward for a teen to get overwhelmed by the icons who he had seen on tv rising up, however Sharma mentioned that he gave all of it on the sector regardless of being nervous.

“I gave it my all on the sector and I used to be clearly nervous as I confronted my first ball,” he mentioned. “I used to be pumped due to the group. I noticed MS Dhoni behind me and Jadeja bowling to me. DJ Bravo was to my left. Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu have been throughout me, who I’ve seen on TV however by no means seen in actual life, so I may really feel their vibes round me,” he mentioned.

“My sacrifices and laborious work have been at all times with me, that’s why I used to be very assured and after the second my bat touched the ball for the primary time, all the things went again to regular. I used to be simply within the recreation,” defined Sharma on how he batted away the nerves.

Sharma mentioned that his father has been his best motivation.

“My father used to play loads of cricket and participate in tennis tournaments as effectively and I used to attend many prize distributions with him. He was a businessman however was at all times emotionally managed. Every time he watched cricket, he was emotionally comfortable and excited. That’s once I realised if he may see me play cricket, he could be excited like this. My journey began from there and that’s once I thought I may begin taking part in cricket,” he mentioned.

His father has been his largest cheerleader, and that didn’t change throughout his debut. “After the match, once I noticed my father’s missed name, I referred to as him again though I used to be hesitant to name as a result of he has a strict routine. He normally sleeps by 10 pm, however this time, once I referred to as him round 12:30-1 am, he was awake,” the teen mentioned.

“He was ready for me to name again. He was so comfortable that he simply advised me, ‘Effectively carried out, beta!’ As a result of when my dad makes use of solely two-three phrases, I do know he’s on cloud 9,” he mentioned.

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