Determination is Siddarth Kaul's mantra

While most cricketers feel that performing in the IPL alone can help one earn a place in the national team, Kaul begs to differ.

New Delhi: Having played a key role in India winning the 2008 U-19 World Cup in Malaysia, Siddarth Kaul didn’t make the headlines thereafter till things changed in the 2012-2013 season when he scalped 44 wickets in nine Ranji Trophy matches.

Even though the likes of Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja - captain and vice-captain of the 2008 U-19 squad — have already cemented their places in the Indian team, Kaul has just taken the first leap from the junior to the senior level as selectors picked him for the India A squad that will tour South Africa next month.

While this long a wait would affect the morale of the best of cricketers, Kaul didn’t lose heart. He credits his parents, saying they taught him to remain focused and script his own destiny rather than think about other people and their success stories.

“I have always believed that nobody else can snatch what is destined for you. While some people bother about the success or failure in other people’s lives, I have always focused on scripting my own destiny. This has been instilled in me by my parents and brother. They are the people who know my positive as well as negative traits, so they keep guiding me whenever I need any assistance,” Kaul told MAIL TODAY.

“I have never thought why Kohli and Jadeja attained success before me. Some people get it early in life and some have to wait a little. I am not complaining as I believe now is my opportunity and I shall give it my best shot."

“Over these years I have concentrated on working not only on my bowling, but also my fitness,” the Punjab youngster said.

“I have matured a lot and have focused towards giving my best for every team I have played for and even now when I will play in South Africa, my job will be to give it my best shot and help the team win.”

While most cricketers feel that performing in the Indian Premier League alone can help one earn a place in the national team, Kaul begs to differ.

“It feels great when thousands of people watch you during an IPL match, but performance is what garners recognition. So one has to prove his mettle and success will come. Thinking of fame can sometimes distract a player,” he signed off.


Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.

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