With Jadeja as inspiration, Saumy makes transition from academics to cricket | Cricket News

Feb 6, 2024



Chennai: Teenage Indian left-arm spinner Soumya Kumar PandeyOne of the leading wicket takers currently U19 World Cup In South Africa, bears a striking resemblance Ravindra JadejaBowling action of.
The reason is simple: India's veteran all-rounder is Pandey's inspiration.
Pandey, who hails from Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, was impressed by Jadeja's body language and intent on the field and tries to emulate his icon every day.
The cricketer has shown tremendous potential for the future by taking 16 wickets in five matches so far with a best performance of 4/19.
“Jadeja has been his inspiration. He has been impressed by Jadeja's body language and fielding intent,” Pandey's childhood coach Aryl Anthony told PTI on Tuesday.
According to Anthony, Pandey is also a bright student, who passed his higher secondary subjects with good marks.
So, what inspired him to take up cricket?
“Initially, when he started playing cricket at the age of 7 or 8, he was physically very weak. Doctors advised him to do some physical activity to boost his immunity,” Anthony said.
“His father told me that he was very interested in cricket since childhood and was able to hold a bat at the age of three or four.
“He was a bright kid. Even in studies, he had scored around 93 per cent marks in higher secondary. His parents wanted him to become an engineer or a doctor, but they were mesmerized after seeing him bowling under my guidance ( laughing).
“He has the ability to understand things quickly and execute them well, which is what you are seeing in the World Cup currently,” his coach said.
Both his parents are government teachers, which may be the reason why he has excelled in education and has also picked up the nuances of spin bowling early.
Anthony said that when Pandey, India's all-time leading wicket-taker in the U-19 World Cup, came to him, Kishore aspired to become an all-rounder like Jadeja.
“He wanted to be an all-rounder and was also very interested in batting. However, the skill that impressed me the most was his bowling and I advised him to focus on his bowling. He also played as a spinner. Started; he was never into fast bowling,” Anthony said.
Anthony said that apart from taking 135 wickets in the last three years at the junior level, Pandey was also the second-highest wicket-taker in the district-level U16 and U19 tournaments.
He has also performed well in the 2022-23 Cooch Behar Trophy, where he emerged as the second-highest wicket-taker for Madhya Pradesh with 23 wickets in nine innings at an average of 15.17.
Pandey's good form may attract him to the Indian Premier League, but Anthony has cautioned the youngster not to get carried away.
“Currently, he is focusing on white-ball cricket, and I have advised him to focus only on one-day cricket for now. He has shared his dream of playing in the IPL, but I have told him That he should not think about it right now.
“Suppose he gets picked by an IPL team now and gets hit a lot, it might affect his confidence. So, he should take it step by step, starting with India Under-19 , After that ranji trophyAnd then thinking about Team India and IPL.
“He has started getting calls related to the IPL. It will depend on how he performs in the next domestic season. If he performs well and confidently tells me about going to the IPL, I will give him a call.” Will allow me to move forward. But I can do this. It cannot be predicted whether there will be a bidding war for them, which will depend on their domestic performance,” he said.
Anthony feels that Pandey has done a good job as the vice-captain of the U19 World Cup team. The coach felt that the key to being a successful leader was to know teammates well and “open up to them.”
“I told him that during the team meeting he has to talk to every player and know more about them. Some players do not participate in the team meeting and he has to deal with them first. In the World Cup, while he has shown aggression , He likes to work with a team.”
Anthony cautioned his protege that to make it to the senior Indian team, he would have to face competition not just from players from his home state but from cricketers from across the country.
“There are a lot of players in the race to make it to Team India and not all are so lucky. While he (Pandey) will need to work hard, sometimes luck is also a factor.”
“India currently has three senior teams and all the players have made an impact. So, they will get competition not only from players from their state but from cricketers from all over India,” he said.



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