In the world of cricket, inspiration often comes from unexpected sources, setting individuals on a path filled with challenges and triumphs. Meet Surya J from M.Tech data science and Satish B from final year EEE, two cricket enthusiasts whose journeys were shaped by their unwavering passion for the game and the enduring influence of their cricketing idols.

For Surya, the spark was ignited by the electrifying performances of Yuvraj Singh during the 2007 T20 World Cup. Inspired by Yuvraj’s batting prowess, he took to the streets, honing his skills with dreams of emulating his hero’s feats on the field. Recognizing his talent, Surya’s parents enrolled him in a local cricket club, unaware of the challenges that lay ahead. Similarly, Sathish’s journey began with the magic of the 2011 World Cup. Captivated by the spectacle of the tournament, he embarked on a quest to fulfill his cricketing aspirations. Joining an established cricket club in his district, Sathish encountered obstacles that tested his resolve but never dampened his spirit.

Both Sathish and Surya faced a steep learning curve as they transitioned from street cricket to organized play. The realities of fitness demands and technical intricacies proved to be formidable hurdles, requiring relentless dedication and unwavering determination to overcome. Under the guidance of mentors and coaches, they embraced the rigors of training, honing their skills through countless hours of practice and self-reflection.

Amidst the trials and tribulations, both the boys found strength in adversity, maintaining a positive mindset and unwavering belief in their abilities. Setbacks became opportunities for growth, propelling them to step out of their comfort zones and push the boundaries of their potential. Their perseverance soon yielded tangible results on the field, as they ascended through the ranks of district and zone cricket. From leading their teams to victory in crucial matches to earning accolades for their standout performances, Sathish  and Surya’s exploits did not go unnoticed.

As they prepare to embark on the next chapter of their cricketing odyssey, Sathish and Surya stand as shining examples of the transformative power of passion and perseverance. Suriya’s dream for nationals became true with his hard work and perseverance, recently he played as a part of India A team. From humble beginnings to the brink of national recognition, the stories of our cricketers serve as a testament to the indomitable spirit of cricket and the limitless possibilities it offers to those who dare to dream.

Interview & Writing by

Akshayaa K B

Writer, Scrabble Kumaraguru