Divyansh Joshi: UP to India U-19, via Mizoram

NEW DELHI: Monday morning, when junior national selectors named Divyansh Joshi on the team for the next U19 World Cup In South Africa, they essentially put Mizoram on the Indian cricket map. Joshi is now the first cricketer of any of the five new northeastern states to represent India in a World Cup.

However, the path of the 18-year-old to Mizoram and the subsequent call to India has been long and winding: he represented Uttar Pradesh at levels U-14 and U-16 and learned his art at the Sonnet Club in Delhi under Dronacharya Award winning coach Tarak Sinha. As it turned out, the UP cricket setup gave him the snub when the resident of Greater Noida graduated to the U-19 level.

I was not considered for the U-19 fields in UP. He had had a constant performance in cricket U-14 and U-16. I was always part of the zonal cricket academies and the NCA camps. I did not play in any high-level cricket state last year. So I decided to move from UP, Joshi, son of a software engineer, told TOI.

Joshi logged into the website of the Indian cricket board and registered for other teams as a 'professional' cricketer. I could not have lost another year. My family and I were not sure if UP would give me a chance this year. So I went to tests in Kolkata earlier this year and the people of Mizoram decided to enroll me, Joshi said.

He played six games for Mizoram in the Mankad came matches and seemed to play the right chord with the selectors, who were desperate to find an SUV. We had been looking for a bowling game all year for two years. All the selectors saw him play in Pondicherry and thought he had something in him. He could hit the ball hard in the lower order and is an intelligent operator with the ball in death, chairman of the junior selection committee Ashish Kapoor He told TOI.