My dream is to play for India, says Kolkata-born UAE spinner Rishabh Mukherjee

My dream is to play for India, says Kolkata-born UAE spinner Rishabh Mukherjee

He picked six wickets in three matches in the ongoing U19 Asia Cup.

Rishabh Mukherjee
Rishabh Mukherjee. (Photo Source: IANS/Twitter)

Rishabh Mukherjee, an Indian born off-spinner who is currently representing UAE, has an eye on the Indian team jersey. The young bowler has returned home after a successful stint individually in the ongoing U19 Asia Cup. He bagged 6 wickets in 3 outings while playing for the UAE although his team couldn’t win a single match in the tournament. He has now expressed his dream to play for India which, no wonder, will be a huge challenge for him.

Rishabh has turned out to be a major figure in the UAE bowling unit and also helped them qualify for the U19 World Cup and the Asia Cup. This 18-year-old youngster has impressed everyone with his bowling skills and ability. According to him, he has his eyes on performing to the best of his abilities in the upcoming Under-19 World Cup which is going to be held in January in South Africa.

“My dream is to play for India. I wish to move back to Kolkata and try and get into the Bengal team by getting into a first division club after the U19 World Cup is over,” Rishabh was quoted as saying by Times Now when asked about his dream to play for the Men in Blue.

Rishabh idolizes Lyon

Rishabh Mukherjee went to Dubai with his family when he was 5 years old and carried on his cricket. His father was also a professional cricketer but he couldn’t make it to the biggest stage. Now, he wants his son to fulfil his dream. Last year, the off-spinner impressed the coaches with his performance in Inter-Academy League in Dubai which help in getting the ticket of the national camp.

During his trials, he picked 9 wickets in just 2 matches which also included a fifer. After that, Rishabh was directly drafted into the national squad of UAE. He went on to take 9 scalps in 5 matches during the World Cup qualifiers and attracted the eyes of everyone towards him with his exceptional piece of performances during the tournament as well as in the Asia Cup. In 8 caps while playing for UAE U19 team, he has taken 15 wickets.

The talented off UAE off-spinner also told that he idolizes the Australian offie Nathan Lyon and is soon going to start his classes at Manipal University in Dubai. “I’m not a big fan of variations, I personally think off-spin can be bowled in different ways and Nathan Lyon does that the best,” Rishabh added.

~Written by Jasvinder Singh

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