Know all about one of India’s unsung hero – Sidearm thrower ‘Raghu Raghavendraa’
Behind every successful team, there are always some people who contribute immensely but their efforts get hardly any recognition from the masses. Yes, we all are always so busy praising the players and a few coaches that we often forget to appreciate the guys who also work day in and out for the success of the unit.
For example, India’s sidearm thrower Raghu Raghavendraa was known by very few people until he went viral on the night of India vs Bangladesh at the T20 World Cup 2022. Most people don’t know that Raghu has been associated with the Men in Blue for more than a decade now.
He has the skills to give useful ‘throwdowns’ to batters in practice sessions. It helps the batters improve their ability against pace and bounce. It comes handful on the pitches of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as these countries’ surfaces are well known for assisting pacers.
On Wednesday, rain interrupted the match and when play resumed the outfield was still wet. So in order to avoid any slips while fielding and bowling, Raghu was assigned to clean the shoes of the Indian players. He was running all round the ground to do his duty.
This caught the attention of the fans, who were highly impressed with his efforts and left no stone unturned in pouring love, respect and appreciation for Raghu Raghavendraa. Kudos to commentator Harsha Bhogle who brought his efforts to the notice of the people.
What Pakistan’s win mean to India?
Pakistan pulled off an impressive victory against mighty South Africa, who were unbeaten in the tournament. They beat the Proteas by 33 runs, despite overs, and the target was reduced to 14 and 142 after rain caused loss of time. With this win, Babar Azam’s men are finding themselves in third position in the group table.
The competition now lies between India, South Africa and Pakistan from group 2. If South Africa and Pakistan both win their last game, the Men in Blue will be under pressure to win against Zimbabwe on Sunday. However, if any of the two sides drop points in their last group stage match, India will automatically qualify.
The best thing for Rohit Sharma‘s side is that they will enter their last group stage match after knowing the results of their competitors. Even though they have the lowest Net Run Rate (NNR) amongst the three, they should win the last game and enter the knockouts with momentum.