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When Jasprit Bumrah started troubling young batsmen with pace generated by his quick arm action and short run-up at his school’s cricket academy, a few other pace-bowling trainees approached their coach, mocking and doubting his action.
“They said he was throwing the ball and doubted his action. I, too, was surprised with the amount of pace he was getting with such a short run-up. I realised he was getting speed from his shoulder, which was strong,” recalls Kishore Trivedi, who was running the Royal Cricket Academy (RCA) at Nirman High School.
Bumrah’s mother was initially a teacher at this school and had graduated to become the vice-principal.
“His action was unusual but I said ‘this is not throwing’. I told them ‘you feel that way because his front arm is like that [extending]’,” Trivedi recollects.
Trivedi, whose son Siddharth was by then a seasoned Ranji Trophy player, had another issue to contend with.
“His mother called me. She said if he doesn’t study, what will he do? She had one kid, was a single parent, so I could understand her worries. I said, ‘your kid has talent. If he can come to my camp regularly, I will be able to do something for him’. He wasn’t focusing on studies, so his mother was getting worried, asking what will he do, if he doesn’t improve. So, I said if I work with him for two years then he will be able to get to play for the state,” he said.
Trivedi did not tamper with his action, though a fellow trainee says there was a slight modification done.
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“I told him to play seriously. I would send him with the RCA team to tournaments. He started to come into limelight thanks to his speed. I told him to go for selections. I told him to not change the action. ‘This is your natural action. Don’t change it. This is your weapon,’ I said,” added Trivedi, who recommended him everywhere.
Till then, Bumrah had not played any age-group cricket for state, including the under-16s. Part of the reason was because his mother wasn’t completely convinced. But Trivedi impressed upon her that her son could go far with his talent.
Bumrah’s fellow trainee Kewal Gandhi, however, wasn’t that lucky.
Gandhi, who runs a healthcare firm here at Changodar industrial area, which makes surgical goods like plaster, crepe bandage etc, had joined Trivedi’s academy with Bumrah right after the two had completed their 10th.
“Even in early days, he would bowl at 135 kmph. His action was doubtful. But sir backed him to the hilt and pushed him ahead. He became known for pace. His mother, who was the only earning member, was worried about his future. But sir sought some time to groom him,” said Gandhi, who trained with Bumrah for three years after which his father asked him to leave cricket and focus on studies. Gandhi was also a medium-pacer.
“He would get to meet all the top people, train at Motera thanks to (Kishore) sir’s backing and support,” adds Gandhi, who is not in touch with Bumrah for about five years i.e., since he made his India debut.
Bumrah appeared at under-19 selection trials where the youngster was met with opposition again.
Anil Patel, the current joint secretary of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), was secretary of the Ahmedabad district body – the Central Board of Cricket Ahmedabad — and had seen him bowling in city’s M.G. Science College and asked him to come for trials.
“I was told by a friend of his that he was not that serious about cricket. But I asked him to come anyway,” said Patel
There was opposition from a couple of selectors because of his action, says Patel, referring to the five-man panel.
“A couple of them were doubting his action. So I told district selection panel chairman Harshad Shah that if you don’t want to include him in the main squad of 15, then keep him in the reserves. He will be with the team,” recalls Patel.
After the district won the first three matches, Patel pressed on trying the reserves.
“It would have been unfair and out of way to play Bumrah alone from the reserves since he wasn’t in the original squad. So I asked them, why not play all the reserves since we have already done well in three games and qualified,” he said.
“So all three reserve players played in that fourth three-day game. Bumrah got seven wickets in the match and there was no looking back.”
In early 2013, Hitesh Majmudar, a former Gujarat player and later coach, first saw him in the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy from where he was picked by Mumbai Indians and played in the 2013 IPL.
“He played the Ranji Trophy next season. He has taken lots of five-wicket hauls (six in 29 first-class games outside Test cricket). He would bowl only in-swingers as he would come wide off the crease. As he progressed, he began bowling away going ones, using the crease. Parthiv Patel helped him a lot. The lower-order batsmen were scared of him,” recalls Majmudar.
Majmudar and members of the Gujarat team management were witnesses to questions raised on his action again during the 2015-16 Vijay Hazare one-day tournament, just over a month before his India debut. By that time he was already known in IPL.
Bumrah had bowled Dhoni for 44 in Gujarat’s first match against Jharkhand. He picked three wickets in first two matches.
“The umpire there had called him for throwing after the first two matches. They said we have recorded it after the first two matches. But we protested, told him that this is a case of hyper-extension and not flexion. Told him it is a case similar to Shoaib Akhtar’s. And he had played three seasons of IPL, no one raised an issue,” recalls Majmudar.
The issue was brushed aside. A month later he was on a flight to Australia, and on his way to becoming India’s pace spearhead. (IANS/KR)
Amitabh Bachchan is adored by the public for his unforgettable on-screen performances as well as his magnetic demeanour. Not only do fans love Amitabh Bachchan's outstanding performance, but the actor's heartwarming words are also highly regarded. A much moved Amitabh Bachchan, during his speech to the crowd of over 80,000 people at the Reliance Industries' annual event, said that the legacy left by Dhirubhai has had a positive impact on millions of people's lives worldwide.
When Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan became bankrupt in the late 1990s, Dhirubhai Ambani stepped forward to give him financial assistance. In his speech, Bachchan remembered that Dhirubhai had sent Anil Ambani to offer him financial assistance during the crisis, which he had respectfully declined. Lenders began knocking on his door, losses mounted, and his bank account dwindled to nothing. He said, "Dhirubhai's money might have gotten me out of the problem quickly. However, I respectfully declined his offer and gradually began to find work again, which let me pay off my debt."
Amitabh Bachchan is adored by the public for his unforgettable on-screen performances as well as his magnetic demeanour. | Flickr
Later, after Bachchan had recovered from the bankruptcy, one day he was invited to an event at Dhirubhai's residence; Bachchan added, "Dhirubhai was standing and having a chat with his industrialist friends when he saw me there, he called me, firstly I felt shy even to present myself in front of such big industrialists but then, I went there, and Dhirubhai declared in front of all of them that 'This young man had fallen but managed to get back up on his own, I have a lot of respect for him because of that.' Those words of his were worth much more to me than any amount of money that he could have offered me."
It was the "Reliance Family Day" event and was attended by members of the Ambani family from all generations. The event commemorated the company's 40-year journey since its inception. It also celebrated the 85th birthday of the late Dhirubhai Ambani, RILs (Reliance Industries Limited) founder.
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In comparison to adults, children are prone to getting traumatized by troubling events easily, and this makes it important for parents to help their children when the times are tough. It could be a brutal accident, an unprecedented pandemic, a violent crime, or other disasters but with the right parental support, children have a higher chance of coming out stronger from an awful situation.
Anuja Kapur, Psychologist shares few tips wherein you can assist your child when tough times comes calling:
Every child responds differently to disturbing events: What children feel about a current disaster in their life and how they react to it can come and go in waves. Children can act moody and withdrawn at times, struck with sorrow and fear at other times. There's no absolute "right" or "wrong" way to feel after a traumatic event so make sure not to dictate what your child or how your child should feel and react to the event.
Children can act moody and withdrawn at times, struck with sorrow and fear at other times. | Photo by Kat J on Unsplash
Encourage your child to be transparent: Just make sure you let your child know that whatever feelings they're experiencing is normal. The unpleasantness will pass if your child opens up about it and that the phase is temporary. While many teens may be reluctant to talk about their feelings with a parent, encourage them to confide in another trusted adult such as a family friend, relative, or a counselor and teacher. It's important to talkeeven if it's not with you.
Just make sure you let your child know that whatever feelings they're experiencing is normal. | Photo by Sebastián León Prado on Unsplash
Deter your child from reliving the disturbing event: Dwelling over, watching the footage, or imagining the event can be overwhelmingly stressful for children and this stress can even block their nervous system. However, to negate such things from happening encourage activities that keep your child's mind occupied so they're not obsessive about the event. You could encourage your children to read, play games together, or simply watch an uplifting movie.
Dwelling over, watching the footage, or imagining the event can be overwhelmingly stressful for children and this stress can even block their nervous system. | Photo by Юлія Дубина on Unsplash
Cocoon your child with warmth: In order to reassure your child that they are safe with you and feel secure, that the worst is over your physical affection is important in making them feel safe again. Teens may try to be tough through it and avoid being held, but they still need the proximity.
In order to reassure your child that they are safe with you and feel secure, that the worst is over your physical affection is important in making them feel safe again. | Photo by adrianna geo on Unsplash
Maintain routines. Establishing a predictable structure and schedule for your child's life can help to make the world seem more stable again. Try to maintain regular times for meals, homework, and family activities. Make sure your child accommodates time and space for rest, play, and fun. Keeping up with a schedule can help countercheck the obnoxious feeling of stress and worry in children about the future being dark, hopeless, and unpredictable.
Try to maintain regular times for meals, homework, and family activities. | Photo by Paico Oficial on Unsplash
Acknowledge and validate your child's concerns. The disastrous events in life may give place to unrelated fright and concerns in your child. However, understanding and accepting your child's present state is a comfort for the child. If at any point the child blames himself for the event make sure to make it clear and crisp the event was not their fault, you love them, and it's okay for them to feel upset, angry, or scared but not guilty.
Understanding and accepting your child's present state is a comfort for the child Photo by Jeremiah Lawrence on Unsplash
Irrespective of the age of your child, it is vital for parents to offer that extra support and assistance following an unsettling event. The traumatic event may bring up unrelated fears and issues in your child. However, by accepting their thoughts and replacing their fear with your love and direction, the ominous feelings will start to fade away. Eventually, the child will be able to return to a normal and healthy life. (IANS/ MBI)
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The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), has announced plans for smartphone and other electronics manufacturers to fit a common USB-C charging port on their devices in an effort to reduce waste. In addition to phones, the rules will apply to other devices like tablets, headphones, portable speakers, videogame consoles, and cameras, reports The Verge. The decision will have a huge impact on Apple, as the company still uses its own Lightning connector to charge iPhones. The proposals only cover devices using wired, not wireless and a USB-C port is only mandatory for devices that charge using a cable.
"Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices | Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash
"Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices. With more and more devices, more and more chargers are sold that are not interchangeable or not necessary. We are putting an end to that," the report quoted EU commissioner Thierry Breton as saying.
The Commission also wants to unbundle the sale of chargers from the sale of electronic devices, which it says will improve the consumers' convenience. "With our proposal, European consumers will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics - an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste." In addition, the Commission will require manufacturers to provide relevant information about charging performance. (IANS/MBI)
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