Another Tournament , Another Chance , Another Opportunity And Another Challenge !!
The IPL Was Scheduled To Begin From 11 Of April , So I Had To Physically Prepare Myself . It’s Been An Year I Haven’t Played Some Serious Professional Cricket and Had To Get Back In Shape As Soon As Possible ! So The Month Was Quite Tiring ,Some Serious Training And Balanced Diet Helped Me Get Back In Shape . A Month Was Left For The Tournament and I Had Joined The Mumbai Franchise Which Was Then Called The ‘ Mumbai Super Champs ‘ .
Mr . Edward Guetta , A Reputed Coach From South Africa and A Serious Gamechanger Of His Time Was Appointed As The Coach Of The Franchise. Charles Sir Called Me And Asked Me To Listen And Obey To What He Says Coz He Doesn’t Like To Repeat. I Have Great Respect towards Charles. He’s Been A What Say Godfather Of My Journey Ever Now . My Failure My Success Didn’t Bother Him Much And He’s Always Tried Hard To Get Me Some Opportunities.
The Tournament Begin And I Being An Attacker Opened The Innings For The Team. IPL Is One Of The Tournamente Where Young Turfs Like Me Get Some Exposure Playing Alongside Superstars Of International Level. Our Franchise had Serious International Match Winner’s Including The Indian Opener Gautam Sahay. Batting Alongside Him Obviously Helped Me Get The Bêtter Of Bowlers.
When The Tournament Ended , I Got 10 Matches To Play Because I Was Inconsistent and Didn’t Fit In The Team Plans . Though I Made 265 Runs In 10 Innings At An Average Of 31.7 . Decent ! That’s All For The Season. Team Ended fifth and Couldn’t Quality For The First Playoffs. I got Selected In The Ranji Squad again And Had Another Off Season. There Was No Other Serious Tournament And Once Again , It was The IPL Through Which I Got Some Matches. The Season Was Great, I Got 15 Matches and Scored 521 Runs At An Average Of 42.1 Which Included A Blistering Knock Of 107 Off 67 Balls Against Kolkata Franchise , Which Was Called The Bengal Tigers.
4th June 2014
( Phone Ringing )
” Hello “.
” Hi . This Is Sandeep Amre. ”
” Sa..SA…Sandeep Amre (In My Mind – I was Totally Confused. He’s The National Selector Of The Indian Team. Was It Seriously Him .??) Yes Sir …Karun Vohra Here.
” Karun…We Have West Indies Touring Us Next Month. The Board And The Selection Committee Has Decided to Select You As The Second Opener. ”
” Seriously Sir ?”
” Yup , I Don’t Think I’d Call You To Joke .”
” Sorry Sir.. ThankYou Sir For The Opportunity . I’d Definitely Make It Big. ”
” All The Best. ”
Seriously I Don’t Like Writing My Emotions This Particular Time. What I Know Is I Seriously Made To The Senior Team And Had To Perform In This Tour.
The Team Selected To Play West Indies Was Announced. I Received Hundreds Of Calls From everyone Congratulating Me For The Selection. I Called Charles Sidebottom To Tell Him About This…He Was In England And Enjoying Some Time Off With His Family. He Asked Me To Stay Calm….These Opportunities Don’t Come Too Often And To Enjoy It As Much As I Could.
The Indian Squad Looked Formidable And I Was Happy I Had Made Some Fans Thanks To The IPL Through Which Indian People Knew Me And Followed Me On Social Media. The Series Consisted Of 5 One Day Internationals and 2 T-20 Internationals.
The Series Went Really Well For Me .
I Steadily Established Myself Into The Indian cricket Team And Charles Sidebottom, Previously My Godfather , Now Became My Manager And The One Who Looked Into My Accounts , He Always Aspire And Help Me Get The Bêtter Of My Game And Being So Close To Me For The Last 5 Years Now , I Don’t Hesitate Going To Him For Help.
There Was Another Thing I Was Excited For. Finally I Could Buy The Mercedes SLS Which I Always Wanted To. I wanted To Gift it To Dad. Guess What , I’ll Be Leaving For Chandigarh Tomorrow To Surprise Him.
Hi…This Is Charles Sidebottom , You Must Know Me Right ? I read This An Saw Karun Writing a Lot About Me. I Am Writing This On Karun’s Behalf Because He’s No More. He Was Going To Chandigarh When His Brake Failed And He Met An Accident. He Always Wanted To Complete This Story Of Him And Something He’s Very Proud Of. There Are Many Young Cricketers Who Love Him And And Feels He’s A Role Model For Them . He’s Surely A Role Model For Me , It Might Sounds Strange But His Commitment Towards The Game And Love He Gives To Everyone Who Supports Him Is Overwhelming.
I Seriously wanted To Complete His Story , He Always Used To Say , “Jab Tak Life Main Koi Aim Na Ho , tab Tak Life Bohot Boring Hoti Hain. Risk Uthana Bhi ek bohot Bada Risk hain.”
He Always Used To Quote Them In English For Me 😂 But Now that he’s No More, Cricket Fraternity Will miss Him As A Strong And Passionate Cricketer. love You Karun !