Having led India C from the front with a solid knock of 144* in the final of the just concluded Deodhar Trophy, right-hand batsman Ajinkya Rahane lifted the title for winning the premier domestic list A competition, but what stood out was the heartwarming gesture he made afterwards.
Having received the trophy, Rahane called in teammate Pappu Roy to hold on to the piece of silverware, in order to boost the youngster's confidence.
Been showered with a wonderful action, Roy offered a wide smile on his face as it meant the world to him, and he went on to share the trophy with the rest of his teammates before going to click the pictures behind the winners hoarding board, While Rahane selflessly stood aside.
Roy, 23, plays for Odisha in the Indian domestic circuit and has had to overcome a lot in his life. He is a quiet, unassuming cricketer, who lost his parents during childhood. Roy earned a Deodhar Trophy place on the back of proven performances in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Having bagged 14 wickets in 8 matches in that tournament, Roy, in an interview with India Today, talked about his days of struggle and hardships and said, “Bhaiya log bulate the aur bolte the ball dalega toh khana khilaoonga. Aur har wicket ka 10 rupaiya dete the. (Seniors in my locality used to summon me to bowl and gave me Rs 10 per wicket).”
India C piled on a stiff first innings score of 352/7 in their 50 overs, replying to which India B fell short by 29 runs despite Shreyas Iyer's 148.
But, what will, perhaps, be remembered more is Rahane's lovely gesture.