SportsWC 2021: Left home at the age of 11, Indian players both...

WC 2021: Left home at the age of 11, Indian players both parents, the story of U-19 star Angkrish Raghuvanshi is full of struggle


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India has achieved its biggest victory in Under-19 World Cup history. This memorable moment came against Uganda late on Saturday night. With two centuries and lethal bowling, the young lions of India did this feat. The heroes of this victory were Angkrish Raghuvanshi (144 runs) and Raj Bawa (162 not out). For the third wicket, there was a partnership of 206 runs between the two. Angkrish Raghuvanshi’s parents have played for the Indian team in Tennis and Basketball. Let’s get acquainted with them a little closer.

Click here to read the story of Raj Bawa who scored 162 runs

Both parents used to play for Indian team
Like his partner Raj Bawa, Angkrish Raghuvanshi also comes from a sports family. Father Avneesh has represented the Indian team in tennis and mother Malika also used to play basketball for the country. Not only this, younger brother Krishag is also crazy about sports. Following his father’s footsteps, he chose tennis and went to Europe for tournaments.

Born in Delhi, Shine in Mumbai
Usually people come to Mumbai to make a career in Bollywood, but when Angkrish Raghuvanshi, who was born in Delhi, reached Mumbai for the first time, he was just 11 years old. Former Indian all-rounder Abhishek Nair started training him. Angkrish, just 17, caught the attention of the selectors by scoring a total of 214 runs with two half-centuries in four matches of the Under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy in Ahmedabad last year.

Abhishek Nair treats Angkrish like a son
Gurugram coach Mansoor Ali Khan used to train Raghuvanshi before settling down in Mumbai. After a week’s training with him at the Wilson College Gymkhana, Abhishek Nair convinced Angkrish’s family members to send him to Mumbai. The story of reaching Abhishek Nair is also interesting. Actually, Angkrish Raghuvanshi’s uncle Sahil Kukreja is a former Mumbai opener, on whose advice the family approached Nair. Interestingly, Angkrish lives in Nair’s house. The relationship between the two is more like a father-son relationship than a guru-disciple.

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