Ranji Trophy defending champions, Vidarbha is playing the summit clash against Saurashtra in Nagpur. Meanwhile, their all-rounder, Aditya Sarwate has his tale to tell to the world. Though his numbers in this season are all but impressive, the story behind his success is not gloomy at all. Aditya’s father, Anand, who is a Bank employee, had met with an accident 25 years back in Panwal; when he was only three years old. As he was a member of the Nagpur University Cricket Team, Anand had dreamt of playing the Ranji Trophy one day.

Son is living father’s long lost dream

Meanwhile, the turn of events didn’t help the cause, as he had to snub this thought of pursuing cricket as a profession. Also, Aditya Sarwate this season has bagged 50 wickets; including a five-for in the finals and has scored more than 300 runs too. He is playing a pivotal role for his team in the pursuit of defending the title for Vidarbha.

Vidarbha, Ranji Trophy
Vidarbha won the Ranji Trophy last year. Image Courtesy: ESPNcricinfo

Aditya reveals growing up was not easy. Realising he had a job in hand, Aditya didn’t lose hope and worked extremely hard to make it to Vidarbha’s Ranji team. Not only this, he made his father proud by winning the title the last year beating Delhi in the finals.

My mother’s support was the pillar of strength – Aditya

Moreover, Aditya said his mother’s support was the pillar of strength to the family. He added whatever he is today is because of his mother and he vows to succeed his efforts of playing for India someday.

“I give a lot of credit to my mother. She took care of all my needs as well as attended to my father, who is wheelchair-bound. Whatever I am today, is because of my mother,” said Sarwate.

“My father is stable now, but the head injury he suffered is beyond repair. It was his dream that I play Ranji Trophy cricket and then go on to represent India. He was so delighted when we won the Ranji Trophy last season.

He watches all my matches closely on TV. He must be the happiest person in the world today after seeing his son getting the wicket of one of the world’s best batsmen,” he added.

Meanwhile, Aditya Sarwate plays for Navniketan CC in the Guzder League, which is a part of Nagpur’s premier club competition.