There is a great old saying, the ground is only found for those who have life in their dreams, nothing can be done with wings, they fly boldly. It was the encouragement of a farmer’s son who left his own village in Baroda and reached the IPL auction. The harder the fight, the greater the pleasure of its success. The 29-year-old fast bowler, struggling to continue his cricketing career by getting shoes by Luqman Iqbal Merivala, Irfan Pathan and a kit from Hardik Pandya, never thought success would knock on his door. There were many difficulties in the journey, but all proved to come before his strong purpose. The Baroda bowler is in the spotlight today, with the Delhi Capital’s bid for the IPL 2021 auction by Lukman’s original price of Rs 20 lakh and now the left-arm fast bowler is set to make a mark in the world famous T20 league.
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Speaking to ‘India TV’, Lukman said he had to leave his village and stay at his uncle’s house to pursue his cricket career. He said he was bowling in the fields of his village Saranar during 2003-04. Luckman said his uncle was very impressed with his bowling and advised his father to take him on cricket. After that he came to his father-in-law and began his practice. He said the decision was taken because his home was about 120-130km from the Baroda Cricket Ground.
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The Baroda bowler said Irfan Pathan, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya helped him a lot during his difficult time. A fast bowler selected for the Delhi Capitals, Irrfan once asked for the size of his shoes and gave him the new shoes, but Hardik Pandya provided him with a kit twice. Irfan Pathan also helped improve his bowling and continued to advise him from time to time, Luckman said.
“I try to focus more on swing bowling in the IPL,” Lukman said. Given the T20 format, he has done a lot of work on his Yorker and this is his biggest strength, said Lukman. The Baroda fast bowler said he is very excited to meet Ishant Sharma and he will learn a lot there. Lukman has taken 59 wickets in 17 first class matches so far. At the same time, he has taken 39 wickets in 31 matches of List-A cricket.