Australia and CSK: Aravelly Avanish speaks about Dhoni and ‘Yellow Love | Cricket News

Feb 10, 2024



Benoni: He wears India blue but yellow is the flavor of the season for the India Under-19 wicketkeeper. Aravelli Avneesh,
And why wouldn't he? On Sunday, Avneesh will play the biggest match of his young career, wearing the cricket world's most iconic yellow jersey in the Under-19 World Cup final against Australia.
Then will come the time when he himself will don the second most popular yellow jersey and meet the man who inspired him to don the big gloves.
It will be his IPL stint with Chennai Super Kings and the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni that the Hyderabadi boy is very keen on.
Two and a half months of cricket education at CSK, getting a chance to interact with Dhoni and obsessing over all things cricket is definitely at the top of his wish list.
“I couldn't believe that I was selected by CSK,” the 18-year-old player told PTI at Wilmore Park. It took a while to realize this. I was at home at that time and our phone was ringing continuously that day.
For him, after the U-19 World Cup final, the only aim is to make his “Dhoni Sir” proud.
“I want to make Dhoni sir and the CSK family proud. IPL is not on my mind right now. I will think about it after the final but it is every cricketer's dream to be a part of the CSK team and play under them.” Dhoni sir, Avnish told PTI in an exclusive interview ahead of the big-ticket game against Australia.
“It was really a dream come true moment for me,” said Avneesh, the son of a software engineer, whose interest in the game developed while watching cricket with his father.
Watching cricket sitting on the sofa with his father was Avneesh's favorite hobby since childhood. The seeds of a passionate cricketer were in the Aravali family at that time.
He said, “I wanted to be a cricketer since childhood. When I was a kid, dad used to watch cricket on TV. I used to sit with him and that's how my interest developed.”
He can't wait to make his CSK debut and his excitement knows no bounds when he thinks what will be Dhoni's reaction when he meets him.
“I want to learn from him about mindset in pressure situations. Like when the team is under pressure and is not able to perform well, how he uses his mind to win the match in those situations.”
“His World Cup 2011 final innings. There's a lot to learn from him,” said Avnish, who made headlines in the quadrangular series in November.
Chasing a mammoth target of 376 runs, he came to bat at 95 for 5 and helped his team win by scoring 163 runs in 93 balls including 13 sixes.
He achieved this feat by scoring 274 runs including 148 runs in six innings in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy (Under-19 one-day competition). These performances earned him his List A debut with Hyderabad in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
He also wants to ask Dhoni about his coordination with spinners and how reflexes can be improved.
“I want to learn wicket-keeping spinners as well as stumping the fastest,” the player said.
He idolizes Australian great Adam Gilchrist and watches his videos in his free time.
“Gilchrist is my all-time favourite. I have learned a lot from watching him. His understanding of the game and the confidence he maintains in every situation. He is also left handed and so am I. Never met him but I would like to meet ” Soon,” he said.
On preparations for the final, he said that the team is confident of continuing India's dominance in the tournament.
“We are here to win the World Cup and have executed the plans well so far. We are playing as a unit and hopefully we can continue to do so.”
When asked about the final, Avneesh said, 'Like a cucumber.
“We are all ready for the finals and are not worried about the pressure of expectations. After going to the hotel, I completely switch off myself. (After coming back to the hotel, I switch myself off completely .We talk about other things to refresh and re-energize,” he said.



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