Last Update on: April 8th, 2022 at 01:39 pm
Vaibhav Arora, a 24-year-old Punjab Kings player, admitted to his coach that he was on the verge of quitting the game in 2018.
Under their new captain Mayank Agarwal, the Punjab Kings (PBKS) have had a good start to the 2022 Indian Premier League. The team had defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first encounter, and despite a significant loss to the Knight Riders in their second match, PBKS fought back strongly to overcome Ravindra Jadeja’s Chennai Super Kings by 54 runs.
In a 181-run chase, the Punjab Kings’ bowlers bowled CSK out for 126. While all of the bowlers performed admirably, Vaibhav Arora (22/21 in four overs) was the most economical. Arora was making his debut in the Indian Premier League, thus the numbers were much more impressive.
Fans and past cricketers alike heaped admiration on the right-arm bowler following his outstanding performance against the defending champions.
Coach Ravi Verma recalled Vaibhav Arora’s words:
Ravi Verma, Arora’s coach, indicated that Arora was on the verge of retiring from the game in 2018. According to the Indian Express, seven catches were missed off Arora’s bowling during a district game, causing the bowler to become upset.
“‘Sir, please look for a private job; cricket ab Nahi ho sakta (Sir, please look for a private job; cricket ab Nahi ho Sakta),” Verma remembers Arora saying.
He said, “I urged him to get a ‘Quitter’ tattoo on his forehead and never call me again.”
After that, Vaibhav Arora put a lot of effort and received a call-up to the Ranji team for the 2019/20 season, making his first start against Saurashtra at Dharamsala. Last year, he appeared stateside in List A and T20.
His friend and present teammate Arshdeep Singh assisted him in IPL 2020, and Punjab Kings ended up signing Arora as a net bowler for the campaign.