Speedster Mukesh Kumar destroys
From being a non-entity in Bengal cricket till six years ago to emerging a hero this season, it has been a rigorous yet rewarding journey for the low-profile pacer Mukesh Kumar, son of a migrant taxi driver from
Cut to 2020, Mukesh was carried on the shoulders by fellow pacer Akash Deep on Monday after he helped Bengal reach Ranji Trophy final after 13 long years. It sort of summed up duo’s story this season. They claimed 30 wickets each this season in Bengal’s success.
Mukesh was at his furious best in the semifinal against Karnataka, taking a career-best six for 61, to lead his side to a crushing 174-run win.
While he was rejected by Waqar, Bengal bowling coach
“I called Sourav to say that this boy did not have money to do MRI. He was not a contracted player of CAB but the association went out of the way and took care of him. I told him ‘he’s got a future’. Ganguly agreed, he had a malnutrition problem so CAB spent money. We kept him in CAB accommodation and he trained.” But the next big task was to convince Ganguly to hand Mukesh a Ranji debut against a Virender Sehwag-captained Haryana in Lahli in 2015.
“Dada said he’s not even in the first division team and you want to play him Ranji. It was a very very tough call, against Haryana. My job was at stake, then at the end of day, the first wicket he got was that of Sehwag in Lahli. It saved his career and my job. Since then he’s been brilliant.” Mukesh dismissed a well-set KL Rahul (26) cheaply in the first innings, while another India batsman
“He’s got a fantastic release. He might not look like he’s not putting an effort but off the wicket he’s very good. That’s where he’s special. One ball goes in and another out. That’s the biggest quality of a fast bowler if you can move off the wicket. Batsmen may not expect it would come fast but the ball just skids through,” Bose said. Mukesh Kumar who is unable to straighten his middle finger due to an injury he suffered long back, said it has proved to be blessing in disguise.
“In 2015-16 season, I broke my finger and it did not straightened up. Now it’s helping me getting the movement,” he said. Incidentally his late father Kashinath Singh, a taxi driver in