Avinav Yadav : A Cricketer in Making
Born at Siraha on 16th March 2004, Avinav Yadav is someone to watch out for in days to come. A young 17 year old lad with a cricket bat in hand is trying his best to establish himself in the cricket field.
“I have made my own pitch in my village and I am practicing hard during this lockdown period also” says Avinav. He is a part of Kathmandu Golden’s squad in Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL), a popular franchise based T20 tournament in Nepal. Besides, Avinav has showcased his abilities in tournaments like Birgunj Premier League, College Cricket League, Khukuri Cup, U19 Nexus Cup and has also been included in 32-men camp for U19 National team in 2018.
Ritesh Ghimire from Letzcricket Team had a chance to talk with him who has been dedicating his crucial time amidst the COVID pandemic for intense practice in his own made pitch in his village. Here is a part of the conversation with the promising young talent :
Name : Avinav Yadav
Birth Date : 16 March 2004
Birth Place : Madar, Siraha Nepal
Batting Style : Right-handed batsman
Bowling Style : Right arm off-break
Question : From what age did you start playing cricket ?
Answer : “I had a passion to be a cricketer from my early days. But as far as I remember, I started taking my cricketing skills seriously from the age of 11. Since then, I have been giving my hundred percent to be a better cricketer.”
Question : Teams and tournaments you have been a part of ?
Answer : U19 Itahari Team, U19 Nexus Cup, Kathmandu Goldens (in DPL), Birgunj Premier League, College Cricket League, Khukuri Cup, U19 Nexus Cup
Question : Your biggest cricketing achievement till date ?
Answer : Sharing the dressing room with a legendary cricketer Mehboob Alam during DPL was very pleasing for me. I was very grateful to the senior cricketers from the Kathmandu Golden’s squad who were very supportive to me. I learnt a lot during that phase when I was with the coach and captain. I haven’t yet got an opportunity in the playing XI for my team in DPL. However, the experience and learning from the tournament is so much satisfying that that day isn’t too far when I will take the field for my team and do my best for the team.
Question : Any comments, feedback or praises for you from popular cricketers or coaches ?
Answer : I am still in touch with Apurva Desai who is a former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach and former Nepal U19 batting coach since 2018. He has always praised my batting technique and always motivates me to keep on working hard so that one day all my hard work pays off.
Captain of nepali national cricket team Gyanendra Malla dai, senior cricketers Aarif Sheikh dai and Sompal Kami dai have always been very supportive to me. I am very grateful for their suggestions and I am sure I will make them proud one day with my performance.
I have played against the likes of Indian U19 players Shivam Mavi, Harsh Tyagi and Dhruv Jhurl while playing for Kashmiri Colts in DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) League.
Phoolchand Sharma sir is also an integral part in my cricketing journey and still is. I still visit Noida Wanderers Cricket Academy where Phoolchand sir makes me play matches in India too.
Question : Have you got any nickname which your friends have given you ?
Answer : “Bablu and Avi”
Question : Your Biggest Role Model ?
Answer : Virat Kohli
Question : If not a cricketer, what would you be ?
Answer : Most probably I would be sweating in one of the Gulf countries. I hail from such a place where a guy is supposed to travel to earn money as soon as he turns 16 or more.
Question : Your favorite batting position ?
Answer : Opening or at number 3
Question : Your favorite fielding position ?
Answer : Point
Question : A bowler you want to face once ? (maybe retired or current cricketer)
Answer : Jasprit Bumrah
Question : Your favorite sportsperson outside cricket ?
Answer : Lionel Messi
Question : Your best inning till date ?
Answer : 109 (72)* playing for Kashmiri Colts in DDCA League in 2019
Question : One stroke you would like to copy from these batsmen :
Virat Kohli : Cover Drive
Steve Smith : Pull Shot
Kane Williamson : Straight Drive
Question : Your favorite cricket format : Test or ODI or T20 ?
Answer : Test
Question : Any superstitions you follow while playing ?
Answer : No
Question : Virat Kohli or AB de Villiers ? Your favorite ?
Answer : Virat Kohli
Question : Where do you see yourself 3 years from now ?
Answer : Playing for national Team Nepal and keep on performing consistently for my team