“Waking up early to catch the bus, later cycling a few kilometres to reach the academy on time or the train journeys to Bengaluru without tickets, I have struggled a lot. (Playing in England) was a different experience. The weather keeps changing and the ball moves a lot, he said while also adding the way Rahul Dravid used to calm him down.
“Rahul Sir [Rahul Dravid] always tells us to enjoy our game. He says one should never lose the grit while playing for the country,” Vidyadhar Patil added. Vijaykumar Delgalamadi, a cricket coach from Gulbarga and who also saw the cricketer for the first time in a U14 match at Yadgir, was delighted to see his growth. “Heartening to see him grow as a cricketer. He now clicks above 130, swings the ball and has the bowling variations required for shorter formats,” he said.
“[Vidyadhar] would never hesitate to ask questions. He was curious to learn new things and try them in his game. He is a thinking bowler, and a handy batsman as well,” Vinayak Kudalgi, cricket coach at the Manik Public School, Maniknagar and the one who has played along with Vidyadhar before, said.
With the U19 World Cup in South Africa next year. Vidyadhar would be looking to make most of the conditions. The mega tournament could well be the gateway for the Chiksugur lad to fulfil his dream of playing for India.
~Interviewed by Charudatt Prabhu
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