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Arunachal Pradesh pacer Sandeep Kumar Thakur and his dual career

Arunachal Pradesh's 25-year-old right-arm pacer also works elsewhere professionally alongside playing cricket.

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The 25-year-old right-arm pacer Sandeep Kumar Thakur made his debut for Arunachal Pradesh this season. He has played 5 games and picked eight wickets in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In nearly 220 balls, Sandeep has conceded 208 runs at a good economy rate of 5.62 with a strike-rate of nearly 27.7 with the ball. With best figures of 3/52, the right-arm pacer has made inroads in the domestic arena.

His best figures came in the encounter against Nagaland, on the 2nd of October where he picked up the wickets of opener Nitesh Lohchab, Sedezhalie Rupero and the in-form former Karnataka batsman KB Pawan. It was in a losing cause, however, the bowler’s efforts were laudable on a batting pitch.

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In his fifth appearance for the state team, the right-arm quick picked up two wickets conceding 41 runs, alongside scoring 8 runs at the end of the innings. However, alongside playing cricket, the 25-year-old is also a professional journalist.

Statistician Mohandas Menon confirms it

According to Mohandas Menon on Twitter tweeted, “Arunachal Pradesh’s pacer Sandeep Kumar Thakur, who played in the recent #VijayHarareTrophy is also a journalist by profession. At the end of each game, he sends the match report to his newspaper Arunachal Front. At times he may also have to include his name in his report!”

Well, it is not necessary that he might have included his name in his match-reports, but might have well included his name in the by-line of the Arunachal Front. Increasingly, while cricket has become a profession in itself, players still opt to have a stable profession, or it might be a case of passion in this place for the Arunachal pacer.

It would interesting to see how the pacer goes on with his dual-career, as he seeks to become a regular in the Arunachal playing XI, with the team pushing their place up the order in the domestic circuit.

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