Residents of Nayee Masjid area in Srinagar locality of the city have been in a celebratory mood since Thursday evening. They are happy that boy from their locality has made it to U-19 national cricket squad.
Seventeen-year old Avesh Khan, who started playing cricket at the age of 10 in narrow by-lanes of his colony with a tennis ball, is thrilled at the very thought of donning team India’s blue jersey.
“I always dreamt of putting on team India colours and hopefully my dream will come true on December 28, when our side takes on UAE in Asia Cup,” he said in an excited tone.
The pacer interestingly idolises no one from Team India’s pace battery and claims that he believes in his own style.
“I am working hard for the forthcoming Asia Cup and hope to put up an impressive show at the international level,” he said. “Getting selected for the national side was always tough, as the best players from across the country make it to the final pool,” he added.
“Avesh not only has made us proud but has brought laurels to entire city and state,” said his father Ashiqe, an employee of a private company.
Avesh first became a part of Indore colts and later on got enrolled into MPCA academy under the mentorship of former member of Team India, Amay Khurasia.
After his selection for the national squad, he reached home on Thursday and since then it has been celebration time for the family and other residents the locality.
Former international cricketer Narendra Hirwani who had made it to U-19 national side along with city lad Sandip Karnik in 1986, congratulated Avesh on his selection. The former spinner advised Avesh to put his best foot forward in U-19 level, saying that an impressive show at this level would help him in later stages of his career.