Anuj went for trials and was chosen within the Delhi junior staff. And, lastly the day got here when he was handed his first-class debut in 2017. He is now busy preparing for his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) marketing campaign. He was purchased by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 80 lakh within the participant public sale in December 2019.
“It looks like a dream. I by no means imagined a giant staff like Rajasthan Royals would purchase me. It is a giant alternative for me. Before the lockdown, I had attended two camps of Rajasthan Royals. It was an excellent expertise. The coaches and help employees have helped me loads. They will need to have seen one thing in me, that is why they signed me. I wish to give my greatest for the staff. During the camp, I met Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson. They each are seniors and it was actually wonderful speaking to them,” Anuj instructed Timesofindia.com in an unique interview.
“I do know I’m a wicket-keeper however I’m able to seize any alternative that comes my manner. I’m able to fill in as a batsman or fielder within the staff. It goes to be an enormous studying expertise for me. RR have star gamers. They have Smith, Robin Uthappa, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, David Miller, Ben Stokes. I wish to be taught from every one in every of these gamers. When I’ll meet Jos, I wish to ask him about his expertise and can take wicket-keeping ideas from him,” the 20-year-old stated.
Anuj, who was the a part of the victorious Indian Under-19 Asian Cup staff of 2018, which defeated Bangladesh within the closing, made his first-class debut in 2017 underneath Ishant Sharma’s captaincy for Delhi. He featured within the eleven, which additionally had gamers like Gautam Gambhir, Ishant, Navdeep Saini, Nitish Rana and Unmukt Chand.
Anuj was not surprisingly nervous on his debut, however it was Gambhir, who positioned himself on the slips more often than not through the match and guided Anuj in his maiden outing for Delhi on the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.
“I’m a wicket-keeper batsman. I used to be extraordinarily nervous after I made my debut for Delhi. Ishant bhaia got here and stated “aaj tu khelega, prepared rahio” (You will play as we speak, be prepared). Gautam bhaiya (Gautam Gambhir) was additionally there. It was an honour to share the dressing room with Ishant bhaia and Gautam bhaiya. They each handled me like a youthful brother. They knew I used to be nervous however each of them motivated me. It feels actually good if you get such supportive seniors who’re additionally legends of the sport,” Anuj additional instructed TimesofIndia.com.
“Gautam bhaiya (Gautam Gambhir) used to discipline on the slips and guided me after each ball. He used to inform me how a lot distance I ought to hold from the stumps, in order that the ball would carry simply to me. He taught me one factor – ‘all the time know your bowlers effectively’. The extra you observe along with your bowlers, the higher a keeper you’ll turn into. When Ishant bhaiya used to bowl, he used to information me concerning the distance I ought to hold from the stumps and leg motion. He has taught me how one can be assured behind the wickets. While fielding on the slips he all the time stated ‘keep calm, be assured, watch the ball and its motion rigorously’,” he stated.
“When you retain in opposition to gifted pacers like Ishant bhaiya and Navdeep Saini bhaiya, you face challenges, however on the similar time your degree of wicketkeeping additionally rises. It was so robust to maintain in opposition to Ishant bhaiya. I confronted a variety of issues, however learnt with time. Keeping in opposition to Ishant bhaiya and Navdeep bhaiya has made me a greater wicketkeeper. Gautam bhaiya’s ideas and conserving in opposition to Ishant bhaiya and Navdeep bhaiya made me a assured and fearless wicketkeeper,” the 20-year-old Anuj stated.
Anuj stays together with his brother in a rented flat in Uttam Nagar in Delhi. He will get up early within the morning to keep away from social contact as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and goes to the West Delhi Cricket Academy or his faculty floor for normal observe.
Anuj’s cousin brother Rakesh has additionally performed a giant half in shaping his profession thus far.
“Rakesh bhaiya is a good help in my profession thus far. Whenever I would like one thing, he supplies me. Be it footwear, batting pads or gloves, he has helped me with the whole lot. I’ll all the time be proud to have a brother like him. He is mostly touring all through the nation however he all the time is aware of what I would like and after I want it,” he stated.
The younger wicket-keeper batsman takes inspiration from Australian legend Adam Gilchrist for conserving.
“I like Adam Gilchrist in wicketkeeping. I’m additionally a left-handed wicket-keeping batsman. I watched his movies and the best way he dived to catch the ball and saved an eagle-eye on the ball from behind the stumps, was simply good. I wish to be a keeper like him.”
When it involves batting although, he seems to be as much as India captain Virat Kohli.
“In batting, I like Virat bhaiya. He has sacrificed a variety of issues, together with his favorite meals to succeed in this degree. I’ve learnt loads from him. I wish to be like him as a batsman,” Anuj signed off.