NEVER SAY NEVER!

Prajwal Krishna, 22, an undergrad student, has caught our attention with his fast bowling skills! He is humble and yet so fierce on the ground like it's the last day he has got a chance to prove himself. We had a great talk about his involvement in cricket, his diet, his training and so much more. So, let's dive right in to see how he answered our questions with all the zeal in him!

Q. Tell us about your schooling and education.

I am currently pursuing my B.E in mechanical engineering at KSIT. I studied at Sri Chaitanya for my pre-university education. Schooling was done in two schools, at APS till 7th grade and Sri Chaitanya from 8th.

Q. Since when have you been playing cricket?

I have been playing since I was a little kid, but there was a break in between, where I stopped playing for a few years. Then I continued to play after I joined my engineering college.

Q. Who is your favourite cricketer and why?

I think I would say, Wasim Akram, is my favourite because he is one of the legends. His achievements are compelling and drive a person like me to reach my goals. He is a down to earth person and this quality in him encourages me to be a better person in my life as well.

Q. When did you decide to take cricket as more than just a hobby?

I was always passionate about this sport, and when I was given a chance to play in my college team, it motivated me to do better and see a future in this field.

Q. What's your short term goal?

The short term would be, representing regional and state cricket association, which is the Ranji Trophy. It is very exciting to talk about the future, as I am determined to be connected to the sport in every possible way.

Q. What other sports do you play?

I play almost all sorts of athletics, badminton, volleyball, softball, baseball, and football.

Q. What is your daily routine?

My day starts early, as my gym session is at 7 o'clock. The gym is located 26 kilometres away from my house, so travelling takes time. Next, I come back home by 10 and reach college in time to attend classes. Cricket training starts at 3 o'clock, and also the training centre is located 42 kilometres from home, I need to start from here as quickly as possible to make it in time for the practice.

Q. What steps should a budding cricketer take to succeed in this sport?

I believe that there is no rule book for success. It completely depends on discipline and staying focused on the goal. It is important not to get carried away and sticking to the bigger picture. Staying positive and determined will become a path to success.

Q. In which match have you given your best?

I have two best matches, one when I was on the winning side and the other when I was in the losing team. When I was on the winning team, I bowled for 6 overs, limiting the score to 4 and also gaining 3 wickets. When on the losing team, I played as a batsman and scored 59 runs. Both are memorable and also two of my best-performed matches.

Q.Tell us about your achievements to date.

I have represented the VTU university team in Handball South zone Inter-University Championship held at Krishna University, Machilipatnam from 21-10-2017 to 25-102017, represented the VTU university team in the Cricket South zone Inter-University tournament held in JNNCE, Shimoga held from 124-01-2019 to 23-01-2019, represented the Karnataka State team in the 14th Senior National South Zone Softball Championship 2017-18. Won the individual Championship award at the College Annual Athletic Meet held on 16-03-19. Reserve for the KPL team Hubli Tigers for the Season of KPl 2018-19. Captained the College Softball team which won the Intercollegiate softball tournament held at Jyothi Nivas College in Sphygmus 2018-19. Represented college is 8 various sports. Awarded the best sportsman of the year twice in a row in 2018 and 2019. Been the captain of the college Badminton and Volleyball team.

Q. Name all the coaches you've been trained under.

My first coach was Devnath sir, the second was Joseph Hoover sir, and I am currently being trained under Nasruddin sir.

Q. Is there any certain person who has motivated you to never give up?

Yes. There is one person who never lost hope in me. He was the cricket team captain when I was a fresher in college. He got me in for the team selections and helped me train better. He practised with me and corrected my mistakes. He always saw the potential in me and taught me never to give up.

Q. What is your weakness?

I wouldn't call it weakness, but I feel I lack in patience. The matches which are played these days are mostly for entertainment. The real ones take time. More the time, more is the pressure. Hence, it requires more patience.

Q. Do you regret any of the decisions you have made till now?

I regret not playing cricket at the age when it mattered the most. 15-20 is the ideal age to enter the world of cricket. If I had been more dedicated to the sport than I was back then, I would've had a better exposure is what I feel.

Q. How do you manage to train, attend training, and cope to play matches regularly?

It has never been a problem. It felt frenetic in the beginning as the gym and my training centres are quite distant from home, but eventually, it was more like a routine and I got used to it.

Q. Is there a way, other people(non-cricketers) can approach you for training?

Absolutely, anybody who is interested can approach me and I will be more than happy to help.

Q. Is cricket going to be your future for sure? Or do you have any backup plans?

I am a true believer. You must have heard of Mike Hussey, who made his debut into the cricket world when he was 28 years old. I know that it's never too late to try. If the future doesn't go as planned, I still plan to stay connected to the sport in one way or another.

Q. Lastly, tell us how you feel about being a growing cricketer yourself.

I am thrilled to be a growing cricketer. I don't know what will happen 5 years down the lane, but I know for a fact that I will give my hundred and a hundred per cent more to reach my goal! Many say hard work pays off, but the word 'hard' itself defines a work that you don't enjoy. When you love your goal it's not hard work, it is just 'work' which is also your passion.

This sums up an interactive session with Prajwal. He is joyful, energetic and the most positive person in the room.

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” ―Harriet Beecher Stowe. On that note, let us all dream big and never stop trying to make that dream come true.

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