Dhruva Vedak is most comfortable when he is playing cricket. He doesn’t have to worry about things outside the game. His parents — Sanjay and Nutan take care of everything else so that their 13-year-old son can concentrate on his game.
The IES VN Sule Guruji skipper’s devotion to left-arm spin is reaping benefits. On Wednesday, the youngster’s talent came to the fore when he scalped four for 111 to put IES VN Sule Guruji on top against Anjuman-I-Islam (Urdu) on Day Two of the Giles Shield semifinal at the Karnataka Sporting Association ground, Cross Maidan.
He reduced Anjuman to 271/7 after IES posted 409.
Vedak has been a prolific wicket-taker in the U-14 level. Besides taking 24 wickets in four Giles Shield matches and 13 in Harris Shield, Vedak picked up 17 sticks from three matches for eventual winners Mumbai in the West Zone League in Ahmedabad recently.
For Vedak to play cricket, his parents have made sacrifices. Four years ago, they shifted base from Vikhroli to Mahim so that their only son is saved the trouble of travelling long distances. His mother quit her job from a finance company to focus on her son’s cricket. “We had to do it for Dhruva,” said Nutan.
“He loved cricket and the academies were in Bandra and Matunga, hence we shifted to Mahim.”
Nutan is present for all of Vedak’s matches. She even travelled to Ahmedabad for the state matches. And, his father keeps a check of his son’s performance, calling every hour during matches.
Nutan dreams of her son playing for India one day. “Who doesn’t want their kid to represent India?”
Brief scores (Day 2): IES VN Sule Guruji 409 (Hrushikesh Padval 160, Nisarg Atak 51; Aman Singh 5/77) vs Anjuman-I-Islam (Urdu) 271/7 (Bhupendra Jaiswal 75, Manoj Prajapati 54; Dhruva Vedak 4/111)