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Sunday, November 12, 2023

Team India basks in glory - Cricketer from Vijayawada hits 6 sixers !!

At Bengaluru, it was a mismatch as India went 9-0 in the present edition.  On Wednesday they would play New Zealand in the Semi finals.  India amassed 410/4 – Rohit, while  Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul made centuries.  Then a Cricketer from Andhrapradesh lit the scene with some lusty blows !  - guess who ? 

Bezawada (as Vijayawada was known then) was founded around 626 A.D. by Paricchedi Kings. Vijayawada was ruled by King Madhava Varma  of Vishnukundina dynasty). Chinese  traveller Xuanzang stayed a few years in Bezawada in around 640 A.D.   Vijayawada is a Commercial city with a hot climate – you can feel the heat as the train enters this region ~ Indian Railways has assigned the station code - "BZA".  This politically active city is well connected by road, air and more specifically by rail.  It is a major Railway junction located in South Central Railway.    

In the final match of the prelim stage, Shreyas reached his maiden World Cup century, and fourth in ODIs, off 84 balls with a single and he didn't let up, thrashing three sixes off Logan van Beek in the 49th over. Rahul moved into his  nineties with a six over deep midwicket and bringing up his ton off just 62 balls - and India's 400 - with a flick over deep square leg. 

Indian win was a foregone conclusion – the  Bengaluru crowd were treated with something more. Virat Kohli fired up the revellers even more as he sent down a rare three overs and snared a wicket with his ninth delivery, Scott Edwards chasing a wide one down the leg side and sending an edge to Rahul. Shubman Gill too bowled, as did Suryakumar Yadav who was greeted with back to back six hits – then Rohit Sharma finished the innings with a wicket.


The man from Vijayawada is :  Teja Nidamanuru,  Nidamanuru scored a fighting   half-century comprising six sixes, his was the last wicket to fall, to none other than Rohit who decided to chance his arm and ended the match with his fifth delivery. 

Nidamanuru, 29, comes from Vijayawada in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, known for the heat of its cuisine, and played for Netherlands at the World Cup.  His presence heralded  a new chapter in an eventful journey that has taken him to Auckland, Amsterdam and Harare. 

Sometime back at Harare, in the WC qualifiers  earlier this year, he unleashed carnage on West Indies' bowlers, scoring a 76-ball 111 from No. 5 - the fastest ODI hundred for Netherlands - to help his side force a tie in their steep chase of 375, before Logan van Beek's heroics in the Super Over sealed a sensational win to all but confirm their World Cup ticket.  

He had earlier confided that leave alone playing WC, playing for Netherlands itself he had not planned earlier  when he first arrived in the country in the summer of 2019 to play club cricket. Nidamanuru had been living in Auckland, a city he moved to as an six-year-old when his mother took up a job there as a dialysis technician. After school he completed a double major in sports management and marketing, while also playing cricket. He made his List A debut for Auckland in 2018, having played age-group cricket alongside current New Zealand internationals Mark Chapman, Colin Munro, Lockie Ferguson and Glenn Phillips. But when Nidamanuru couldn't break into the ranks of New Zealand's centrally contracted players, he looked for opportunities elsewhere, landing  with the Kampong Cricket Club in Utrecht. 

An  amateur club cricketer  in Amsterdam, who is also CEO of a company called StrateX offered him a job stint and he started working there.  Thus he landed not with a sports visa but a skilled worker visa, earning some money. A Cricinfo interview states his  reminiscing the sacrifices his mother bringing him up as a single mother and he being on his own at the age of 16. Nidamanuru qualified for Netherlands selection in May last year, and he struck an impressive half-century on debut in an ODI against West Indies.   A few months ago, Netherlands Cricket Board (KNCB) offered him an opportunity to work in administration for them.   

On the field, Nidamanuru swears by a philosophy called S.O.U.L, which he believes is slowly becoming the team's World Cup buzzword. "It stands for: Selflessness, Ownership, Unity, Learning.  He draws inspiration from the physical regimen of players like Virat Kohli. He has made his mark in the  present edition and today, he hiked with some big hoists over the rope. 

In case you are about to search for a Cricketer from Vijayawada,  the present Bowling coach of India – Bharat Arun hails from this place, but played his Cricket in Chennai.  

With regards – S Sampathkumar

PS : with inputs taken from EspnCricinfo

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