‘Coach said you will kill the U-14 cricketers, go to U-16’: Rahi

In the fifth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), many young stars have proved themselves but there was one player who didn’t only prove, but shined throughout the tournament. Abu Jayed Rahi, who played for Khulna Titans took 18 wickets and made his name in the tournment.

The young pacer has rightly got his gift for an outstanding performance. He has been named in the primary squad for the tri-series. In an interview with one of country’s online news portal on Monday, Rahi expressed his excitement and also said dreams are finally turning into reality.

He said: “Obviously I am feeling happy. The dream is turning into reality. I got chance in the 32-men squad. Now my target is to get a place in the 15-men squad. I don’t think its too late. I think everything is happening on time.”

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When asked how much BPL has helped him to grow as a player: “I will keep BPL at the top in my career so far. Because in BCL, I was the leading wicket-taker in two seasons. I was leading wicket taker once in NCL too. But I didn’t came in the spotlight. But after I performed in BPL, everyone came to know me. I got good coverage in media too. Everyone talked about my performance in the social media. That’s why I will keep BPL at the top.”

Rahi also said his favorite moment was to get the wicket of Chris Gayle and becoming the second leading wicket taker in this tournament has made him more inspired: ” Obviously I am inspired. But it doesn’t matter for me that how many wickets I took, whose wickets I took matters to me more. Getting Chris Gayle was my favorite moment in the tournament.”

The 24-year old pacer also revealed his story about how the game of Cricket came to his life: “Lot of cricket matches were used to happen in my area. I started playing after seeing that. My elder brother used to play in Sylhet division. I used to play with him. Then I got chance in under-13 as an off-spinner. But I used to bowl so fast that the coach asked me to bowl as a pacer. Then I gave trial in the under-14 as a pace bowler. The coach said me then: “You will kill the under-14 cricketers, go to under-16.” Then I went to under-16. Then I got promoted in under-17 and then finally to the under-19.” 

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