Bhubaneswar, August 28 (Odisha.in) Nihar Ranjan Barik, 18 a resident of Badalahang village in Jagatasinghpur district who won many laurels for the district and state in many cricket tournaments had a dream to represent India .
At last his long cherished dream fulfilled as he was recently selected to represent India in the Under 19 International Power-20 Cricket Championship in Sri Lanka from 24th, September to 27th, September where India will play five 20 over one -day International matches in different places in Sri Lanka.
“H. Simpson Rajkumar the secretary of Power 20 Cricket Federation of India informed me about the selection of Nihar Ranjan Barik along with Arapit Jain’ Sumit Pal and Samarjeet Mohanty of the state to represent India “,M.D. Azam the secretary of state’s Power 20 Cricket Federation of Orissa told Odisha.in.
Barik speedily bowl and bat each day in the Hindustan Sporting club ground in Jagatasinghpur and has won many matches in the state.
He stands 1.55 meters high and weights a trim 48 kg. He reads + 3 Arts in Swami Vivekananda Memorial College in Jagatasinghpur.
“I took to cricket at 13 and in Class- VII, under the coaching of Bidubhusan Das. Since, 2002, I have been doing hard works on the field to represent the country” he said.
Each day I play cricket for four to five hours apart from other types of exercises under the watchful eyes of my coach. ”, said Nihar.
“Last May , I represented Orissa in the under 19 Power 20 Cricket Championship in Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu and Orissa became champion by defeating Punjab in final thanks to good performance of me and other players.
I took 12 wickets and scored 102 runs in three matches against for which the selectors took notice of my performance and selected me to represent the country in the under 19 International 20 Championship .
Twelve states participated in the championship”Nihar said. Nihar was full of talent and dedication was proved in the national level and I hope he will perform well in the international competition in Sri Lanka.”, said the coach Das.
“I scripted my success in the cricket by dint of hard work. I practice for four hours every morning. But still finds time to study for the +3 Arts examination, for which I will sit this year”, said Nihar.
In spite of winning many laurels for the state , Nihar ’ s family members have been passing hard times as the authority is yet to provide him any helps to grow him as a good cricketer, added the coach.