The inspiring journey of Kuldeep Sen: Son of a barber makes ODI debut for India | BANvIND

India captain Rohit Sharma presenting Kuldeep Sen his ODI cap ahead of the first ODI against Bangladesh at Mirpur on Sunday. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Xtra Time Web Desk: What a moment it was for Madhya Pradesh right arm pacer Kuldeep Sen as he was presented the ODI cap by Indian captain Rohit Sharma ahead of the first ODI at Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur. It has been an inspiring journey for the fast bowler, as he fought all odds to come this far.

Kuldeep, who hails from Rewa district in Madhya Pradesh is a son of barber. But a sheer will power and determination has already seen him playing first-class cricket for his state side, an IPL contract with Rajasthan Royals and now an India cap. It has truly been an awe-inspiring story of the young pacer.

Kuldeep started playing cricket at the Vindhya Cricket Academy (VCA) club where he was spotted by the local coaches. Watching his talent and humble background, the academy waived his fees so that he could pursue his dreams.

He impressed everyone with his pace as a result of which he was drafted in the age level sides of Madhya Pradesh. Kuldeep’s first break came when he broke into the Madhya Pradesh Ranji Trophy squad in 2018. In his debut season, he had scalped five wickets in an innings against Punjab and ended the season with 25 wickets.

Another career changing moment arrived for the tall pacer, when he was roped in by Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals for INR 20 lakhs. An impressive performance in IPL 2022 saw him knocking the India A doors and finally an ODI cap.

Kuldeep’s biggest strength has been to bowl good outswingers and in-cutters that can pose a problem for the batters. With the 50 over World Cup next year in India, Kuldeep will be aiming for a good show in whatever opportunities he gets in international cricket. There is tough competition as far as India’s fast bowling department is concerned. An impressive show from the youngster might just open the doors in international cricket.