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Short Story on Cricketer's life. "And, that's just the new beginning" by shravmusings

Some Day Some Day,

We are going to the rule the World

I Know We are going to the rule the World

by Zayde Wolf is playing on loop on the speakers and Shrav is totally immersed in practicing his batting stance in front of the mirror in his room. He never heard the knock on the door, or the loud shout coming from his dad that it’s time for his next class.

As everyone knows, Shrav loves cricket so much that the game has become his second life. It’s becoming difficult day by day to differentiate between the game and Shrav as both of them are becoming inseparable like conjoined twins. Even during the time he spends in college, he would be only present in the body form, and in his mind, he would be facing the balls from the fiercest bowlers on the field. Since he is securing top marks and doesn’t cause much trouble in the class, the college management and lecturers are tolerating his body present, but mentally absent attitude. He is also the trophy bearer for them in all the inter-collegiate cricket matches. He is also able to secure top ranks, as he uses cricket analogies to solve most of the problems in different subjects. Now, even his teachers/evaluators have started looking forward to his solutions, which gives them a different perspective.

The time has come for the Tamilnadu state team selections. So most of the tough teams are competing at their best and trying to get their star players into the state cricket team. Everyone in the college and family has expected a smooth sail for Shrav and in fact, Shrav’s parents have already decided the gift they would be giving to Shrav after the announcement of the State team’s selected list. But, God had different plans this year for them. So, in a freak accident of jumping from the steps on the staircase, Shrav broke his ankle. It was such a nasty fall, that doctors have advised Shrav to take complete bed rest for 2 months at the minimum, which means that he needs to skip the busy cricket season this year.

A Short Story on Cricketer's Life.. "And, that's just the new beginning"

After recovering, Shrav tried to get back to his cricket in full swing, but that didn’t work out as well. As one problem or the other kept surrounding them. It was either his father’s ill health, or family financial situation, or something else. Though these problems prevented Shrav from stepping into the cricket ground, he is one person who can never be stopped. He kept on playing the game in his mind. And whenever, he could get some time, he tried watching the replay of the matches on the Hotstar or TV.

After a couple of years, another freak call has put Shrav back on to the cricket ground. This time, it came as a quick call from his college friend, Nishant. Nishant has already started playing for the state team, but could never get into the national team. Their team had fallen short of people for an exhibition match and Nishant thought that calling Shrav to fill that position wouldn’t hurt him much.

After a gap of three years, Shrav got an opportunity to finally step onto the cricket ground. He was a little nervous in the beginning, but since it was their team’s turn to the field, he was able to control his nervousness and was able to field well. Being out in the field has calmed his nerves and the touch of the field under his shoes has filled him up with positive energy, which he has long forgotten. Soon, it was time for their team to bat. Having come as a substitute, Shrav didn’t get a chance to come for batting in the beginning.

The bowlers from the opposite team have started raining full Yorkers and Bouncers. Shrav’s team couldn’t either stand the spinners or the fast bowlers from the opposite team, and they had to bow down at a low score. That is the moment when Shrav walked in as the eighth batsman. The celebrations have already started in the opposite team and the commentators were predicting a good sweep for them.

Initially, Shrav also struggled to establish his stance. He was getting nervous and jittery under the spell of the fast bowlers. It was time for a drinks break and instead of having a sip of water, Shrav just stood at the crease and kept talking to his bat.

And, then it happened….

We can see a marked change in the body language of Shrav and the first ball goes for a six. It’s just like the change we see in a split personality. The batsman we are currently seeing at the crease is a totally new Shrav with a different aura. This new avatar of Shrav is oozing out so much self-confidence and is taking all the bowlers to a sweet little ride by smashing their balls across the field.

This exhibition match is just the new beginning….

and the story continues….. with Shrav in his new jersey and shoes and heightened confidence, in his new journey on the rediscovered path….

โ€˜This post is written for StorytellersBlogHop FEB 2021 by Ujjwal ( & MeenalSonal (โ€™ #StoryTellersBlogHop

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  1. Hi. Finally I read something different, sports based story! great use of prompt in it. Is it a real story? I really wish Shrav to be a successful cricketer.

    1. Thanks for reading it Romila. Yes, its Shrav’s dream to be a cricketer and we are just working towards it. This story is just his dream. โ˜บ

  2. Nice to know your passion as a child and follow your heart…. Not many realise their true passion for long :)! Hope the story turns out to be true ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. When someone loves any sport then it is close to impossible to separate the two. In a way its good I feel as they are focused. Circumstances do not bother them, they find there inner zeal.

  4. Your story has reminded me my teen age days when I use to watch cricket a lot and always has adrenalin rush with tight scoring matches. looking forward for next part of story and would love to know what happen next in cricket journey of Sharav.

  5. What an inspiring tale Suha; I can see the motivational factor behind the plot, if I have not mistaken it’s your son Shrav, an ardent cricket lover. Wishing next gen Cricket Sar All the very best!!!

  6. The dream of Shrav is inspiring the imagination of mom;)
    Lovely story for the storttellers prompt!
    I wish Shrav a great balanced life accomplishing his goals!

  7. Good that Shrav got his confidence back and is now playing skilfully which he was. Sometimes opportunities and responsibility knocks at the same time and person who balances it excels in life.

  8. The way you have mentioned the story of a boy who stepped in the field after three years but with his dedication he won hearts of many people at once shows how one can achieve heights if there is love for the goal. Great story…

  9. Battles are first conquered in the mind.
    Such a positive story.
    Glad that Shrav has got the opportunity he deserves and he got to regain his confidence.
    I do believe that when our times comes, no one can stop us.
    Exciting game of cricket & Shrav’s life. Well narrated.

  10. Best wishes to Shrav for a bright future with cricket and hopefully one day he will play for India. The story was an enjoyable breezy read!

  11. Best wishes to Shrav for a successful cricketing career and hopefully one day he will play for India, making us proud!! This was a breezy enjoyable read!

  12. What an inspirational read! I could relate it so well, as one of my cousins went through a crisis when he was supposed to be shortlisted for state. Nevertheless, one should never stop dreaming and should continuously put in an effort to pursue it. I loved the refreshing take on the prompt.

  13. First of all, although late, I’m glad that Shrav got his chance. Secondly, his ‘talking’ connection with his bat was the most inspiring thing. Don’t we all rely on our inner self for motivation when faced with hardships? Well done, here’s to new beginnings for Shrav!

    1. I am just keeping my fingers crossed and supporting him Priyanka. All he wants now is to play for India one day in the new stadium in Gujarat..We know it’s going to be a long journey, but will support him

  14. I love the plot of the story , it’s really inspiring and true that we should never give up our passion and keep following that.

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