21 year old leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi has risen in the Indian cricket scene over the past two years, first with an incredible performance at the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa and then for Indian Premier League franchise Punjab Kings at the IPL 2020 and IPL 2021. This led to his father Mangilal saying he is glad he listened to his son’s coaches and let him pursue cricket.
After impressing everyone with his Indian Premier League bowling, Ravi Bishnoi was surprisingly picked ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction and signed by Lucknow Super Giants to their squad, along with KL Rahul and Australian Marcus Stoinis.
And all this led to Bishnoi being chosen for India’s West Indies T20I team and on his debut on February 16, he recorded remarkable numbers of 4-0-17-2 which also won him the award of the man of the match at the Gardens of Eden in Calcutta.
His father Mangilal, who is a public school teacher, told The Times of India:Poora ghar bhar gaya tha (the whole house was full of guests). Together we all watched Ravi bowl. It was such a wonderful evening and seeing my son in an Indian jersey was such a proud moment.
“I wanted him to prioritize his studies so that he could have a decent job. We are a middle-class family and I never wanted to risk his future. We come from a rural background, but I made sure he went to an English school. said the father.
His coaches Pradyot Singh Rathore and Shahrukh Pathan convinced me to let Ravi focus on cricket: Ravi Bishnoi’s father
The plans did not materialize and Ravi, uninterested in books, devoted most of his time to playing cricket. This led to his coaches Pradyot Singh Rathore and Shahrukh Pathan at Spartans Academy in Jodhpur, talking to his father and somehow pursuing him to let Ravi focus on cricket.
“He was doing poorly in school and I used to get calls from teachers complaining about his performance. I tried to convince him to focus on studies, but it’s him and his coaches , Pradyot Singh Rathore and Shahrukh Pathan, who finally convinced me to let him practice this sport. I am happy, I let him follow his passion”, said Mangalal.
Ravi Bishnoi will be paid INR 4 crore by Lucknow Super Giants and a successful start for India has opened up more possibilities for the leg spinner who has just started showing his skills.