19-year-old bowler turns heads by dismissing Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in nets ahead of 1st T20I

Keshav lost his father this June because of brain stroke which has caused financial constraints for his family.

Keshav Dabas
Keshav Dabas. (Photo Source: Hindustan Times)

There is no dearth of cricketing talents in India. Besides the accomplished names, there are also players who are yet to make a mark but give enough glimpses of their talents. One such cricketer is Keshav Dabas, a 19-year-old who has caught attention for having something special at the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on Saturday. The right-arm medium pacer dismissed ace batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan with two impressive deliveries in the nets.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Dabas got an opportunity to bowl at the Indian cricketers for the first time. He was also called as an official net bowler when Australia arrived in India to play an ODI series earlier this year. Keshav, who is the youngest member of his family, plays for Surinder Khanna Cricket Academy and has represented Delhi Under-19 in a game last season but missed to play this year.


The youngster was even praised by India head coach Ravi Shastri who told him “well bowled”. Shardul Thakur, who made a comeback to the Indian squad after sometime, also asked Keshav to name the club he plays for. “It’s a great feeling… Ab kya bolu samajh nei aa raha,” Keshav was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times when asked about his reaction to the applause he received from the Indian coach and players.

Keshav Dabas wants to play cricket to help his family

That Keshav also wants to link his family responsibility with cricket became evident when he said that by making a livelihood by playing cricket, he wants to reduce the financial burden of his siblings. Keshav lost his father this June because of brain stroke which has caused financial constraints for his family.

“Isi liye toh cricket khel raha hu… It’s still a long way to go but I hope my dreams come true,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rohit, who will lead India in the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh starting Sunday, is set to overtake regular skipper Virat Kohli to become the highest run-scorer in the T20Is globally. The two ace batsmen are in a race for the top slot with Kohli staying seven runs ahead of Rohit now by playing 26 games less (72 to 98).