Up and Close with Abhishek Das : Can he be Bengal’s next big thing?


Following a blistering knock of 204 in 68 balls in a local T-20 league, Abhishek Das have posted a new record in the shortest format of the game. He may not have surpassed Dhanuka Pathirana’s record of 277 of 72 balls in Lankashire’s Saddleworth League, but the Bhawanipore Club batsman may very well have established himself as one of the future faces of the game Bengal would like to endorse upon.

Abhishek has just made his Ranji Trophy debut this Friday against Madhya Pradesh and he is bound to leave some impressions on the field and help Bengal regain their confidence in domestic campaign.

To dig deeper into things, Sports-nova had the chance to speak with the 24 year old right-handed batsman in a brief interview. Over that little course of interaction, we saw a young lad packed with solid determination to play for India and the rest can be excerpted as follows.

Q. Tell us about your formal training at regional academies. 

A. At very little age, I got enrolled into Shymnagar’s Sabuj Sangha. Then at the age of 12 years, I started my training at Mainland Sambaran Academy. 

Q. How was your journey till now?

A. Every journey has its ups and downs. At first, I played for 2nd Division Excelsiors and then I got the chance to feature for Bengal Under-15,17 and 19s. Now, it’s 2 years since I have been contracted with Bhawanipore Club. In the recent past, I have also played for Bengal senior team in Syed Mustak Ali T-20 competition. Apart from batting, I can keep wickets also.

Q. T-20, ODI or Test?

A. It will always be test cricket for me as the true flair of batting can only be expressed in this format. 

Q. Who is your favourite current player?

A. If you ask among the current Indian team, Dhoni would be the answer. But Sachin Tendulkar has always been an idol to me like most of the youngsters out there. Besides them, I also like Hashim Amla’s way of batting. 

Q. What is your most memorable moment till date?

A. As I am from Shyamnagar (a suburb area of Kolkata), I have to do a lot of daily travelling through train. One day I was in train and then I got the phone call informing my senior team call up. That had to be the most remarkable moment in my career. 

Q. Where do you see yourself in next 5 years?

A. (With a pause and then firmly) I want to see myself in the dressing room of Team India.

Q. Did you have any specific plan during that innings (204 in 64 balls) or just see and hit the ball (in Sehwag way)?

A. I was not finding form for quite a time. So, my coach advised me to open the innings and T-20 often helps people to get back into form. I started hitting the ball with confidence and it went on smoothly. I had the goal to stay in the crease till the last and look, I ended up with 23 sixes. 

Do you think Abhishek Das has the potential to make it to the Indian team? Let us know in the comments below!


(Sudip Chatterjee is another budding talent from India. Take a look at his exclusive interview with Sports-nova)

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