Indian Express – On Wednesday, India take on South Africa in their first match of this World Cup in Southampton.
- But then, for the cricketers of Kenduataand in East Tundi block, all Santhal tribals, cricket has been a journey in itself — from an “aimless and wayward life” to one of “purpose” and “hope”.
- In Kenduataand, the first step was taken seven years ago by Sipon Tudu, a 24-year-old M S Dhoni fan who “cycled for an hour” and then hopped on to a truck carrying sand to reach the Dhanbad Sports Academy run by local coach Umesh Srivastava.
- In the next few days, I handed them a surplus cricket mat, nets, bats, pads and other equipment to Tudu and his team.
- Now, many hope that some of us would make it to the district cricket team,” says Tudu.
- Apart from Tudu, the first batch from the village included Rajesh Murmu, once a batsman and now a teacher; and, Budhan Murmu, an aspiring batsman whose family owns a ration shop.