IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals’ Lukamal Meriwala aims to “hit the deck hard” like Ishant sharma

IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals (DC)' Lukmal Meriwala aims to
IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals (DC)' Lukmal Meriwala aims to "hit the deck hard" like Ishant sharma - Indian Premier League 2021

IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals’ Lukamal Meriwala aims to “hit the deck hard” like Ishant sharma – For left arm fast bowler Lukamal Meriwala, the 2nd highest wicket-taker in the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with 15 scalps in 6 matches, life has been a journey of struggle and was all about “hitting the deck hard.” And he wants to continue to “hit the deck hard” once again when he makes his IPL debut alongside the likes of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav for Delhi Capitals next week.

“Yes I played my cricket the hard way as I had led a very hard and struggling life. Hitting the deck hard and giving my all — have always been my strength. And I want to do the same in the IPL. After doing well in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021, I expected to be picked by an IPL team this year. When the auction was going on, I was practicing in the nets in Surat. When I was told about the news I got emotional and stopped bowling immediately as I was so happy. Now I am looking forward to speak and learn from Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav during DC’s net sessions. Though they are right-handed fast bowlers, I plan to use their experience and technique into my repertoire. Whenever I make a mistake, I will speak to them and work on my mistakes. I am really happy to join the Delhi Capitals. My family and the people in my village are also very happy,” Meriwala told Inside Sport in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

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Meriwala, who has picked up 72 wickets in 44 matches at an average of 14.54 in T20s, hit the jackpot when he made the grade for Delhi Capitals during the IPL auction last month for a base price of Rs 20,00,000. But life has not been that kind to him at all times. He gave up cricket at one point and started working as a welder but timely assurance and support from his father changed it all!

“I started playing cricket in 2003, but couldn’t find a way to move forward. So, I lost hope and gave up cricket, and started working as a welder in 2007..Once I used to tell my friends “Aapro ne cricket no mel nahi pade (cricket is not meant for us) since I failed to get into playing XI of club sides in baroda even after repeated attempts. My dream to play higher grade cricket had faded into a distant dream. After around two years, my father told me that he would support my career no matter what. Then I played a U-19 tournament for Baroda. After which, I kept working hard and kept moving up the ranks. After returning to cricket in 2009, I made my Ranji Trophy debut in 2017. I owe my career to my parents who convinced me to give cricket another try and I began to play again. After the focus was back, I began to do well. I earned a place in the Baroda U19 side, and in 2013 I got in the Baroda one-day team. In 2013-14, I became the all-India highest T20 wicket-taker and in 2017, I made his Ranji debut,” an emotional Meriwala recalled.

… “I am developing & shaping up well under trainers and coaches and one name I want to mention is Ketul Patel who has been managing my cricketing matters well. I am really thankful to all my trainers, coaches and Ketul bhai for their support and help in time,” Meriwala noted.

Lukamal Meriwala IPL Salary

Year Team Salary
2021 icon1Delhi Capitals ₹ 2,000,000
Total ₹ 2,000,000