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Mukesh Kumar Credits Rohit And Virat For Backing Him In International Cricket
By CricShots - Nov 23, 2023 7:12 pm
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Mukesh Kumar is all set to take part in the five-match T20I series against Australia. 2023 has turned out to be a very important year in Mukesh’s career as he made his international debut across all three formats this year. Mukesh got the chance to represent India across formats on the West Indies tour where he impressed the team management and fans with his disciplined bowling. 

Mukesh Kumar
Mukesh Kumar went to England

The 30-year-old Mukesh is determined to make the opportunity count as he looks to build on his success earned in the domestic circuit and the Indian Premier League, which led to his national call-up. “I want to regularly play for my country, that will be my first achievement. I want to continue focusing on the processes. I am seeing the results of sticking to them, so, I want to keep focusing and moving forward,” he told Jio Cinema.

The Bengal pacer was picked by Delhi Capitals in the last season of IPL as he shared his experience of playing in the cash-rich league.

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“IPL produces the toughest matches. All teams are filled with international players and that too, they are amongst the best. To play on this stage is really very tough and a very good experience for me,” Mukesh said.

Mukesh also talked about Ishant Sharma, who helped him last season while sharing the same dressing room for Delhi Capitals.

“As far as the role of Ishant bhaiya (Sharma) is concerned, he supported me a lot. He explained my role in the team very clearly, so I just wanted to be honest with what I was expected to do,” he said.

Mukesh Kumar
Mukesh Kumar and Rohit Sharma

Mukesh made his debut in Test cricket first and his first games in ODI and T20Is followed soon and the Bengal seamer says it was a humbling experience sharing the dressing room with players he had only seen on TV.

“When I first saw my India teammates, my mind stopped functioning briefly. I thought these were the players I watched on TV till yesterday and today I was getting a chance to warm up and share the dressing room with them,” he said.

He shared his experience of playing with the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and what they told him on the debut tour. “Virat (Kohli) bhai told me I was bowling well. Rohit (Sharma) bhai, too, came and spoke to me when the practice matches were going on and gave suggestions,” he recalled.

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“My family would stay in Kolkata but I wouldn’t stay there. I would keep travelling to play tennis ball cricket which would fetch me about Rs 500 per match,” he said. “Suddenly, there was a phase when my father insisted that I should stay with the family. I was looking for a job and my father asked me to look out for cricketing opportunities in Kolkata. I got a chance to play in the First Division after giving trials. We did not have that much money for me to purchase a full kit. I used to bat also earlier, but I shifted focus to bowling because of the lack of money,” he added.