Over the years, Indian cricket has been blessed with some terrific bowlers. After the likes of Kapil Dev, Bishan Bedi and different mythical bowlers had been outstanding figures within the Seventies and 80s, the Nineteen Nineties noticed the emergence of speedy bowlers Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad and Ajit Agarkar, along side spin maestro Anil Kumble. But whilst those names went on to succeed in greatness and turn out to be an integral a part of the Indian cricket, many on the identical time, pale away.
One such former India fast is Salil Ankola. The former Mumbai speedy bowler, who made his India debut in 1989 along side Sachin Tendulkar, performed one Test and 20 ODIs for the nationwide group sooner than dropping his method.
“There had been occasions I might be dropped from the Indian group and get picked for India A, most effective to be wearing beverages there as neatly,” he advised Cricbuzz. “From 2001 onwards, I used to be utterly off cricket. One giant mistake I did in 2001 was once that Sony introduced me a task in cricket and I refused. I do not know why. I do not know why I took this sort of silly determination, however I simply refused. Maybe I used to be so do away with through cricket that I finished looking at the sport.
In 2010, Ankola continued turmoil in his private lifestyles. After keeping apart from his first spouse and youngsters, the previous India fast became an alcoholic. After a decade of rehab and a need to get his lifestyles again on course, Ankola became a nook and he returned to the sport he as soon as cherished through turning into Mumbai’s leader selector final yr.
“I used to be virtually 52 then. Once you pass 50, your belief adjustments. I do not know the way and why, nevertheless it does. You understand that you simply had been adamant about such a lot of issues however the ones issues in truth did not make sense. They are most effective troubling you. Like my instance of now not short of to return to cricket. But within the cut price, I used to be in truth lacking cricket,” he stated.
With the assistance of his former teammates, Ankola slowly bonded again with the sport that made him a celeb within the first position.
“I sought after to come back again as a trainer. But after I had a take a look at what the state of affairs was once, I realised training was once now not my cup of tea. Coaching within the Nineteen Nineties and training now, there’s a large distinction. I had even enrolled at NCA for Level 2 trainer, however then I wrote to Rahul [Dravid] and stated that I will not be able to come back as a result of I do not see myself as a trainer. I would not have such a lot persistence, I’m an excessively short-tempered man,” identified Ankola.