| Aditya Barooah |
Guwahati, Oct. 17: Aditya Barooah, all of 14 years, idolises Rahul Dravid. His dreams of following in his cricket star’s footsteps got a big boost after he made the cut in the junior squad of two-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings.
The city lad, who captained Guwahati District XI in the under-15 inter-district tournament last year, has become the second cricketer from Assam after Abu Nechim Ahmed (who joined Mumbai Indians), to make the cut in the cash-rich Indian Premier League fold. He will have to report to the CSK camp on October 31.
Selected in the final 20 from a tournament involving about 700 youngsters, Aditya will get opportunities for exposure tours abroad as well face visiting foreign teams. He will play practice matches against the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led senior squad.
“Aditya has been selected by the IPL franchise on the basis of his performance in the junior Super Kings inter-school T20 cricket championship organised by CSK in Chennai. He drew the attention of selectors after scoring about 200 runs and picking up 10 wickets while representing his new school Chennai San Thome Higher Secondary School,” Aditya’s father Diganta Barooah, a businessman and avid cricket lover, told The Telegraph over phone from Chennai.
Aditya started his cricket coaching under the tutelage of Nabab Ali of Guwahati Cricket Coaching Centre here three years back.
“Aditya loves to play cricket. He even sleeps with the bat on his bed. I have tried my best to provide him the best possible facilities in Guwahati. I even prepared a small ground for him to practise, where he underwent a coaching session since last December under National Cricket Academy level-III coach C. Suresh Kumar. However, we decided to shift him to Chennai for a better cricket climate. Aditya has played about 35 matches in Chennai, which is not possible in Guwahati, as cricket cannot be played throughout the year in Assam because of the long rainy season,” his father said.