Eleven-year-old Drushil impresses Rohit, bowls him into the nets

Perth: India captain Rohit Sharma made 11-year-old cricket enthusiast Drushil Chauhan’s day on Sunday by giving the kid an opportunity to bowl it in the nets during the team’s practice session here ahead of the T20 World Cup.

Drushil, one of the many kids who attended the WACA ground for their morning session, impressed everyone with his smooth bowling after the Indian team arrived for their afternoon session. After impressing and realizing his potential, India captain Rohit invited Drushil to bat in the nets.

Hari Prasad Mohan, Team India’s analyst, narrated the entire incident in a video released by the BCCI.

“We arrived at the WACA for lunchtime training and the kids were finishing up their morning event. As soon as we entered our dressing room we were able to see 100 odd kids playing and enjoying cricket. There was one kid who caught everyone’s eye and Rohit was the first to identify the kid,” Harry said.

“After watching two or three balls that the kid bowled, everyone was amazed at his smooth running and how naturally talented he was. He was constantly beating the bat. Rohit came out of the dressing room and asked him to hit some balls in the nets. It was an incredible sight,” he added.

The left-arm bowler was also invited to the team dressing room and shared moments with the coaches and some of the members.

“Rohit Sharma saw me and told me to bowl. I was very surprised, a day before that my father told me that I might be able to bowl to Rohit, so I was very excited. My favorite ball is a swinging yorker,” Drushil said.

After the internet session, Rohit asked Drushil, “You stay in Perth; how are you going to play for India?” To this the kid replies, “I will go to India but I don’t know when I will be good enough.” The Indian captain also signed some merchandise for him.

India will face Australia and New Zealand on October 17 and 19 in the two official pre-tournament warm-ups. They will face Pakistan in the opener of their T20 World Cup campaign on October 23 at the MCG.


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