Farmer's son made a special mark in U19 World Cup, know who is young pace sensation Raj Limbani
ICC U19 World Cup 2024: Indian pacer Raj Limbani has made a special mark by performing brilliantly in the ICC Under-19 World Cup. Raj has taken 8 wickets in five matches. His best performance was 3 wickets for 60 runs. He has spent runs at only 3.89 economy in the World Cup.
If the intentions are strong, a person can achieve anything, this saying has been proved correct by the fast bowler of the Indian Under-19 team, Raj Limbani. Limbani has made a special mark with his swing and pace in the ICC Under-19 ODI World Cup being played in South Africa. But his journey to reach here has not been easy. If Limbani, a resident of Kutch, Gujarat, had not been a cricketer, he would have had to become a farmer like his father, but with hard work and struggle he fulfilled his and his family's dream.
Limbani's father Vasant Patel is very happy with his son's success today but there was a day when he had clearly said that if you do not become a cricketer then you will have to do farming with him. He said I told Raj to go and try to fulfil his dream. But if that doesn't happen then my castor form is waiting for you. I am happy that he was able to fulfil his dream.
Raj Limbani lives in Dayapar district, 550 km from Baroda, which is in Kutch. Pakistan border is just 27 km away from here. Vasant Patel said, we live in the desert and there were no facilities to play here but he had a passion for playing cricket since childhood. Raj started playing first with a tennis ball and then with a cork ball. There is severe heat in Kutch but despite this, he kept bowling in the sand for hours.
Vasant said, I told Raj that if you want to become a cricketer then you will have to go to Baroda, where you will get good training and facilities. After this, Raj went to Baroda in the year 2010.
In Baroda, Raj started taking training in the cricket academy from where, apart from Yusuf and Irfan Pathan, great cricketers like Hardik and Krunal Pandya emerged.
Raj's coach Digvijay Singh said, I saw Raj for the first time in the Under-16 camp. When you ask any child what he wants to do, everyone's answer is to play for India. But the secret was different. He had a diary in which he had written that first he had to go to Under-16, then Under-19 and then to NCA. He knew what to do.