For Aniket Shaw, hard work, talent and patience did pay off well. The 20-year-old cricketer who was seen lifting willow and wicket-keeping gloves during India’s 2011 World Cup Victory, has come a long way in the last 8 years. Initially, Aniket aspired to be a wicketkeeper. However, during his practice sessions, Shaw’s coach noticed his talent in bowling as he was turning the ball and bowling right areas and adviced him to stick to it.
Aniket made his debut in cricket as a right-arm spin bowler at Amroha in Uttar Pradesh where he played against Rajasthan. His bowling skills were appreciated which only pushed him to do better. However, he had to take a break from cricket to complete his studies. That didn’t stop his spirit and interest in his passion and love for cricket. After his comeback, he saved 13 wickets in 5 different matches during his tour in Haryana. He was even awarded Man of the match trophy by the Haryana government and the Best Bowler of the Tournament for taking most scalps in the tournament.
In the year 2016-17, Aniket Shaw was signed by Kolkata first division club and was also called for Indian Premier League (IPL)practice sessions for the senior players. He shared that he was selected as a net-practice bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He got a chance to bowl to the former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir who was impressed with Shaw. Gautam had recommended the Eden Garden management to arrange a practice session for Shaw the next year as well during the ipl.
It was a life turning opportunity for Aniket Shaw as he even practised with the Indian team in 2017 at the Eden Gardens. He has practiced for 3 different IPL sessions and once with the entire Indian Cricket team. In the year 2018, he was picked up by the North-East India team for Under-19 cricket tournament where he impressed everyone with his outstanding bowling and performance on the field and also chipped in with few handy runs with the bat.
Aniket has also had some overseas experience as he has also played various leagues outside India which he feels was an great exposure and learning curb and is greatly benefited as a cricketer.
He played IPL practise matches this year for KKR which he considers as a major boost in his career. Coming next, Aniket is looking forward to playing for the Ranji trophy once the World Cup 2019 is over. He is confident that he will get a place in the team for Ranji as few teams are already in sync and trying to sign him up for the domestic season ahead.