March 17, 2009 1:05:57 am
What would a cricketer aspire for when on the threshhold of the 30s,having just played his maiden first-class match? Anyone else would perhaps fizzle away into oblivion or plan to go into coaching. But if you are Dhiran Salvi,you believe in giving your career a second chance at 29.
Having played at all levels for Baroda,including a Ranji match against Mumbai in 2002-03,it was all but over for the middle-order batsman who can keep wickets also. But Railways have given a fresh impetus to his career. The last two months have been big Salvi. Not only was he picked for the Ranji one-dayers for the Railways side,he made the cut for the Central Zones squad for the Deodhar Trophy as well. And now,his hard-hitting act in one-dayers has ensured a call-up to the Kolkata Knight Riders squad. I am signing the contract with Kolkata Knight Riders tomorrow, he admitted.
Despite failing to break into the Baroda team after his initial burst,Salvi is not bitter about the long wait. Though I was in the Baroda squad for many years,I was not picked because Nayan Mongia was their regular keeper and then Pinal Shah took over.
Same thing happened with the Railways side,which was packed in the middle. Shreyas Khanolkar,TP Singh,JP Yadav and Raja Ali were all contributing. So I had to bide my time, he said.
At a time when most players hang up their boots,Salvi is enjoying his stint with the Railways. His career kicked off after this seasons fitness camp,which saw his name pencilled in for the Ranji one-dayers.
He is a very good batsman. I saw him at the nets and knew he will give us the fire-power we lacked. He scored a 22-ball unbeaten 44 against Delhi and a similar 40 odd runs against Uttar Pradesh, Railways coach Abhay Sharma said of his new recruit.
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