Orphaned At Childhood, Cricket Sensation At 23

We all grew up hearing that god has plans for each one of us. All we need to do is put our best effort to make that happen. This unfortunate boy did exactly the same and slogged without asking why. He lost his parents even before he could speak and was passed on to his uncle who also died when he was only 15. On his better days he managed to get a meal one time. All he had was his passion for cricket and hope that his fate will turn around and that’s exactly what happened.

Never ending hardships

Pappu Roy (23) was born in a Bihari household but his parents migrated to Bengal to make decent money to sustain their family. His father was a truck driver and mother was a housewife. Even before they could make it work for them, his father died of a heart attack and mother lost the battle to a prolonged illness leaving behind their poor child. His uncle, who was a daily waged laborer, brought him up and looked after him until he also passed away when he was only 15. His aunt was unable to take care of him. Hardships were let loose upon him.

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"Unko (parents) kabhi dekha nahin... Kabhi gaon gaya nahin, khali suna hai (Never seen them nor have I been anytime to my native. I've only heard about them)," says Pappu.

He had a gift 

Life couldn’t be harder for him. Even managing a one-time meal became a challenge for him but he had some insane skills in cricket that ensured him a meal and was also the inception of his journey. He was called to play for local teams in Odisha and offered rupees 10 a wicket. 

"Bhaiya log bulate the aur bolte the ball dalega toh khana khilaoonga. Aur har wicket ka 10 rupaiya dete the. (Seniors in my locality used to summon me to bowl and gave me Rs 10 per wicket)," recalls Papu.

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He started his career as a pace bowler but switched to left arm spin bowling on the advice of Howrah Union Cricket Academy coach. Although he was the highest wicket-taker in CAB's second division league in 2011, yet he couldn’t make it into the Bengal team due to monopoly of big clubs which is why he returned to Odisha where his friends provided him food and shelter.

Friends for a reason

His friends, Muzaqir Ali Khan and Asif Iqbal Khan informed him about the ongoing under-23 trials in Cuttack which also proved to be game changer for him. After three years of struggle he made his first debut in list A cricket team by beating Bengal. Since then, he became unstoppable and is now looking forward to be included in the playing 11 in the Indian team.

"There was a U-23 state team trial in Cuttack and my friends told me you will be picked if selector Suresh Kumar sir watches you bowl. It was only during the third match Suresh sir came and I was selected," he said.

It’s because of his hard work, will power and dedication only that he saw the brighter side of life. His journey will inspire thousands of those who are suffering and have given up on their dreams. It is only in the piousness of your work, that greatness exists.

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