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In the ongoing U19 World Cup – the coveted event; India U-19, Atharva Ankolekar has once again been a vital figure in the bowling squad of the Indian colts. Till now, he has bagged 12 wickets at the lowest economy rate of 2.96. However, this has not been enough for him to be selected in the auctions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
The news certainly had Ankolekar upset for he wanted to help his mother Vaidehi who works hard as a bus conductor. The 19-year-old slow left-arm bowler was among the 971 players who registered for the IPL 2020 auctions held in Kolkata.
While the auction had been joyous for the Australian cricketers, it brought in good news for the domestic players as well. However, the young Southpaw hadn’t been able to attract any bidders for the upcoming lucrative premier league.
And while this has been upsetting for the youngster, he is having another glorious ICC tournament, to snare wickets. While Yashasvi Jaiswal added good scores to the team’s total, Ankolekar had been quick with the wickets in the game.
U-19 World Cup is once in a lifetime chance – says Atharva Ankolekar’s mother
And while the IPL contract turndown was upsetting for the young bowler, his mother Vaidehi believes that her son has got great talent. Talking about the matter, the hard-working mother believes that the U19 World Cup campaign will open further opportunities for her son.
According to her, Ankolekar is a bit upset that IPL did not happen this year but she believes that the cash-rich league happens every year.
However, the U19 World Cup happens once in a lifetime.
“It can be a turning point in his life. If India wins this match, he will get a lot of future-scope, and confidence from winning a big final. He was a little sad that IPL did not happen this year. But IPL comes every year. A U19 World Cup, he will get only once in a lifetime,” she said.
“He wants me to quit working because my job is strenuous,” she says. “But I can’t take a hasty step. His income is based on tournaments he plays, it’s not fixed. Besides, I don’t want to depend completely on him. I also have a 14-year-old, who also plays cricket. I will continue with my job, at least till he becomes a stable cricketer.”
However, the young cricketer has been giving consistent performances with the ball while in the quarter-final against Australia, he scored an unbeaten half-century.
In the meantime, he was the highest wicket-taker at the 2019 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup and bagged Player of the Match award in the final.