Calcutta: On Friday, Avik Chowdhury stepped into the Eden Gardens for the first time since that horrific October 18 afternoon in 2009.
After Sourav Ganguly’s insight on cricket it was Avik’s turn to talk about life to the Bengal under-19 & under-16 probables. Quite understandbly, it was an emotional experience for the 28-year-old, who played seven first-class matches.
“My friends have always wanted me to come here. So when Devangda (Gandhi) asked me if I was game for a motivational session with the youngsters, I agreed right away. It’s quite emotional for me to come back to the Eden. If the CAB wants my help, I am there always,” Avik said.
Avik’s promising career was cut short by an accident, but he has faced life head-on.
He spoke about his days at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre at Delhi and about patients whose plight was more than his.
“He talked about someone who could not sit and about a patient who could barely move his neck. Still, they had the jest for life,” a cricketer said.
Avik said he never thought he would get such a response from the cricketers. “A great experience for me,” he said.