22-year-old batting sensation Dhruv Jurel is now on cloud nine after his maiden India Test call-up for two tests against England from January 25. Led by India captain Rohit Sharma, the Indian team will take on England.
Instead of Ishan Kishan, the talented wicket-keeper batsman Dhruv Jurel has been included in the Indian squad. Hailing from a humble background in Uttar Pradesh, Dhruv’s rise to stardom is nothing short of a remarkable accomplishment.
There was a time when he could not even afford to buy a cricket kit. His mother sold her gold chain to buy him a bat. His father had to borrow money from people to fund his son’s cricket dream. Finally, their sacrifices have been fulfilled as Dhruv has finally got his India call. If things go the right way, he will represent India in other formats of the game.
Son of a Havaldar in the Indian Army and a Kargil War veteran, Dhruv’s father wanted him to pursue a government job. However, Dhruv was determined to play cricket and on one occasion threatened to run away from home if he was not given a bat.
It was then Dhruv’s mother sold her gold chain to purchase him a cricket kit, forever altering the course of his life. With his hard work and determination, Dhruv played well and gradually made strides in his cricketing career, ultimately earning a spot as the vice-captain in the India U19 team for the 2020 World Cup.
With an impressive track record, Dhruv has showcased his skills in the cricketing world. In his first-class cricket career, Dhruv has participated in 15 matches, amassing a remarkable total of 790 runs at an impressive average of 46.47. This includes a splendid century and five half-centuries.
In every game, he has shown his consistency and ability to perform under pressure. Dhruv has played at least 23 T20 matches and has 244 runs with a strike rate of 137.07. He was part of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) team and has contributed to the team’s wins.