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Grateful Mukesh Acknowledges Coaches For Key Role In His Life

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Mukesh Kumar is a right-arm medium pacer who can nip the ball both ways in Cricket. The medium pacer, who earned a maiden national call-up in October, last year for the home ODIs against South Africa, has been Bengal’s attack leader for a while now. India has finally named three standby players for ICC World Test Championship final at The Oval against Australia and fast bowler Mukesh Kumar is one of them. The medium pacer however, has claimed six wickets in eight IPL matches so far playing for Delhi Capitals.

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The Journey

Mukesh Kumar was born in the rural town of Gopalganj in Bihar. His initial goal was to clear the examination required to join the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Bihar Police and he cleared the written examination in 2012. He was not able to meet the required fitness levels and that led Mukesh Kumar to turn towards cricket as a serious career choice. With opportunities being slim in Bihar, Mukesh moved to Kolkata on the behest of his father who held hopes of his son representing Bengal.

Mukesh Kumar impressed in division league cricket. A lucky break in 2014 meant that Mukesh Kumar was shortlisted in the state trials run under Vision 2020 program, introduced by Sourav Ganguly. It was a camp that had attracted more than 300 candidates. Despite struggling for fitness in that period, he was helped by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and his impressive performances at the club level earned him a spot in Bengal’s Ranji Trophy squad in 2015.

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Mukesh has 149 wickets in the red-ball format at an average of 21.55 with six five-wicket hauls. On his first-class debut, Mukesh dismissed the likes of Virender Sehwag and took a four-wicket haul. Mukesh Kumar shot to fame in the 2019/20 Ranji Trophy season, taking 32 wickets in 10 matches, including a six-wicket haul in the semi-final clash against Karnataka that helped Bengal to the final.

Mukesh dismissed KL Rahul in the first innings and other Indian players like Manish Pandey (both innings) and Devdutt Padikkal, finished with eight wickets in the match.

The Gratitude

Mukesh paid gratitude to Ranadeb Bose from whom he said,

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“I have learned the basics of bowling. When I was in the ‘Vision 2020’ project of CAB, he often advised me to concentrate on bowling at the off-stump, precisely through the corridor. I still try to follow his advice.”

Then he expressed thankfulness to Bengal’s former captain and coach Arun Lal saying,

“His encouragement and style of motivating is incredible. It seems even a half-dead man can be aroused and deliver his best.”

The World Test Championship

Mukesh Kumar is on the standby list for the World Test Championship (WTC) final squad alongside Ruturaj Gaikwad and Suryakumar Yadav. But with growing concerns over the injuries to quicks Jaydev Unadkat and Umesh Yadav, who are being monitored by the BCCI medical team, Mukesh could still feature in the main squad for the marquee clash next month.

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