Ranji Trophy 2013-14 December 30, 2013

HS Sharath's rise to the top

ESPNcricinfo staff
Karnataka fast bowler HS Sharath shares the story of his rise from a cricketer in the town of Mandya, near Mysore, to Ranji Trophy success for his state side.

In an interview with the Hindu, Karnataka fast bowler HS Sharath shares the story of his rise from a cricketer in the town of Mandya, near Mysore, to Ranji Trophy success for his state side.

"When I started serious cricket, I didn't know how far I could go in the sport or what I could achieve. I came from a village and I didn't know what was what. Then I played for the state under-19s, and as I watched Ranji Trophy games here, I gradually realized that cricket could take me somewhere if I worked hard."

That hard work is a recurring theme. His father, Shivalingaiah, who watched him in a competitive game for the first time last week, is a farmer. His village, Hosagavi, is a 25km journey from Mandya, where he went to pre-university. Often, he missed the last bus home for cricket practice. "I'd walk home sometimes, alone in the dark, wondering if cricket was worth all the trouble."

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