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12th November 2020

Tushar Deshpande - a mother’s dream fulfilled

When Delhi Capitals faced off against Rajasthan Royals in match number 30 of the Indian T20 League 2020, Delhi’s pace battery grabbed headlines. Anrich Notrje and Kagiso Rabada found a new pace partner in debutant Tushar Deshpande. The 25-year-old from Mumbai was picked in place of Harshal Patel and was asked to open the bowling. Tushar went for 11 runs in his first Indian T20 league over, getting hit for two boundaries by Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes. But it was in the 11th over when he made a mark. He dismissed Stokes in the second ball of his second over, grabbing a dream debut wicket! Tushar was excellent in the final over too, as he conceded just eight runs to end with figures of 4-0-37-2.

More than Tushar’s memorable debut, it is his journey that is worth recalling. The fast bowler made his first-class debut for Mumbai in the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy and his List A debut in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He grabbed headlines during the quarter-finals of the tournament when his 5/23 helped bundle out Bihar for 69.

But life went upside down for Tushar in March 2019, when he lost his mother to cancer, a disease she was battling since 2017. But the very next day after his mother’s demise, Tushar travelled with the Mumbai team to Indore for the Syed Mushtaque Ali games and ended the tournament as the second highest wicket-taker in the country. In one of his interviews Tushar had said, “Mom left, but her dream, our dream, has to be lived.

Tushar’s incredible mental and emotional strength saw him get an India ‘A’ cap that same year and a contract with the Delhi Capitals. While his mother is not around him physically, we are sure she is watching and smiling at her son’s progress from up there!

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