Akash Deep: Lost father and brother within 6 months, heard taunts… still did not break, know how Akash Deep reached Team India?

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Akash Deep: Lost father and brother within 6 months, heard taunts… still did not break, know how Akash Deep reached Team India?

New Delhi. Team India has been announced for the last 3 tests against England. Bengal fast bowler Akash Deep has also been selected in this. Akash has got a place in the Indian Test team for the first time. But, the journey till here was not easy for him. He lost both his father and brother within a span of 6 months. This incident changed his entire life and further strengthened his passion for cricket.

For Akash Deep, the struggle was not just on the cricket field but he had to face challenges off it as well. He comes from Bihar, which does not have a rich history of cricket. Akash’s father wanted him to appear for the Bihar Police Constable exam or at least Class IV employee of the state government. [चपरासी] Try to get a job. But, two deaths in the family within 6 months changed his life forever.

Lost both father and brother within 6 months: Akash Deep
Akash Deep said while talking to PTI after being selected in the Indian team, "Father and brother died within 6 months. I had nothing to lose, and the motivation was that I had to take care of the family. I would play leather-ball matches for my club, but initially there was no money. So three to four days a month, I used to play tennis-ball matches across the district and earn Rs 6,000 per day. By doing this, I used to earn around Rs 20 thousand every month, through which I was able to help my family and also manage my expenses."

‘Playing cricket is a crime where I come from’
Before taking cricket seriously, Akash Deep had to face taunts from people. He recalled that where he came from, playing cricket was considered a ‘crime’. They said, "In Bihar (suspended by BCCI at that time) there was no stage and especially in Sasaram where I came from, playing cricket was like a crime. Many parents used to tell their children that they should not mix with me because I only played cricket. They felt that living with me would ruin their children’s education. But I don’t blame them. What will you gain by playing cricket at such a place?"

Has played 29 first class matches
Akash Deep has been replaced by Avesh Khan in the Indian team for the remaining Test matches against England. His Bengal teammate Mukesh Kumar is also part of the Test team. Apart from 29 first-class matches, he has also taken part in 28 List-A matches and 41 T20 matches, taking 42 and 48 wickets respectively.

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