The pair of Sanath Jayasuriya and Kaluvitarna will play for India, will make a splash in the cricket World Cup!
Left-handed batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and wicketkeeper Romesh Kaluwitharana had the biggest hand in making Sri Lanka the world champion in 1996. Sri Lanka started the innings with this pair as an experiment in this World Cup and it was a hit. In that World Cup, this opening pair broke into havoc in the first 15 overs against the legendary bowlers and changed the style of batting in ODI cricket.
Now India has also got the same pair of Jayasuriya and Kaluvitarna, who can be seen rocking with the bat in the Under-19 World Cup.
Jayasuriya of this pair is 18-year-old Siddharth Yadav and as his partner, the selectors have added 17-year-old wicket-keeper batsman Aaradhya Yadav to India’s Under-19 World Cup team. Two things coincide between these two.
The first is that both come from the same city Ghaziabad and second, both have learned cricket from the same coach Ajay Sharma. If all goes well, the pair could be seen doing the same thing for India in the Under-19 World Cup to be held in the West Indies next year, which Jayasuriya and Kaluvitarna did for Sri Lanka in 1996.
Former Indian cricketer Ajay Sharma is the coach of Siddharth.
Aaradhya’s father also plays an important role in Siddharth’s journey to reach the Under-19 World Cup team. In a special conversation with Times of India, Siddharth’s father Shravan told the story. He said that a few years ago I had met Aaradhya’s father Ajay Yadav in the Under-16 trial. Then I requested Ajay to help me find a good coach for my son Siddharth. He suggested that I send Siddharth to his academy (TN Memorial Cricket Academy). Where former Indian cricketer Ajay Sharma was the head coach. This was the turning point for Siddharth’s cricket career.
Siddharth-Aradhya pair will make a splash in the World Cup
Siddharth and Aaradhya collided for the first time in this cricket academy. However, Aaradhya had already played for the state in Under-14. However, a few years back, Aaradhya’s elder brother was working hard to try his luck in Anchit cricket. When Aaradhya turned 8 years old, seeing his elder brother training, he also started getting inclined towards sports. In 2016, the family leased land from the Ghaziabad Development Authority to start an academy with Ajay Sharma as the head coach, and it was from there that the two made their way into the Under-19 World Cup squad. Aaradhya was the first all-rounder but started wicketkeeping after seeing Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Siddharth’s father owns a grocery store
Siddharth’s journey to reach the Under-19 team was completely different from Aaradhya’s. The contribution of talent behind his becoming a cricketer is equally important for his father’s patience. Shravan, who runs a general store in the Kotgaon area of NCR, devoted all his time and a large part of his grocery store earnings to making his son a cricketer.