India vs England – “It Was His Dream”: Akash Deep Dedicates Test Debut To Late Father

Feb23,2024






India fast bowler Akash Deep dedicated his brilliant three-wicket haul on Test debut to his father who died in 2015, and said he was happy to have fulfilled his father's dream of “becoming something in life”. . Akash Deep's father Ramji Singh suffered from paralysis and within six months, the cricketer lost his elder brother while being taken to a hospital in Varanasi. “After losing my father and brother in a year, I thought I have to do something, then I came out to play cricket. I had nothing to lose,” Akash Deep told reporters after the first day of the fourth Test. And everything was there to win.” England.

The 27-year-old bowled dreamily in his Test debut, demolishing England's top three batsmen with figures of 3/70.

England lost half their team for 112 runs at lunch on Friday.

“I dedicate it to my father because it was his dream that his son do something in life. I couldn't do anything in his life (when he was alive), so this performance is for my father.”

“Every cricketer has a dream, to play for India in Tests. It was my dream too,” said the Bengal fast bowler, who hails from Baddi village in Bihar's Rohtas district, about 300 km from Ranchi.

“Growing up we didn't know about cricket; there was no cricket where I come from. I played tennis cricket after 2007 and learned about cricket after 2016. Since then, I (Mohammad) Shami bhai and (Kagiso) Rabada of South Africa.

“I got my Test cap at a place which is close to my village (in Bihar) as well as Bengal where I play. Bengal supported me well. In my journey, my family played a big role.

“My family is also here. No doubt, it's an emotional feeling but there was only one thing going on in my mind – how to contribute for the team.” On receiving his Test cap from India coach Rahul Dravid, Akash Deep said, “He (Dravid) listened to my story and I was very emotional (at the moment). I was just told to keep it simple, which I did.” “I am doing that.” So far). It was a big help, because at this level, you get confused sometimes.” Akash Deep also said that India's top fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who was rested for the fourth Test, also helped him to bowl in international cricket. Was advised.

“Bumrah bhai told me that at the international level, one should bowl a little back-of-the-length (delivery) as the batsmen chase the ball. So, this was in my mind and the plan was to bowl the ball on the right line. And length,” Aakash Deep told host broadcasters earlier on Friday.

Talking about his journey since his first-class debut in December 2019, he said, “I don't know what I did, but whenever I played a match, I used to think that it was the last match of my life and whenever I played any match, Had success in the match, so I tried to incorporate that (method) in the next game.” England made a good recovery in the post-lunch session thanks to a patient unbeaten century from Joe Root and ended the opening day on 302/7. Did.

“Initially, the bowlers got some help but after that when the wicket dried, the ball also became very soft. The pitch is quite slow. We have been able to manage it (bowling), but I think as a bowling unit. As for form, we have to focus on our line and length, keep it tight. If we try, we will get success.

“The bounce is the same but, I think, we can keep the length away because the ball is coming to the bat easily. It was a good wicket today.” Akash Deep smashed Jack Crawley's off-stump in his second over of the day, but the umpire signaled a no-ball.

“I felt very bad. Not because it was my first international wicket. He (Jack Crawley) was playing very well, he was hitting the ball and I was feeling bad that the team should not suffer because of me But, thankfully, he came out soon after,” said Akash Deep.

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