“I was impressed with KL Rahul during the practice session,” Dhankhar said.
India’s domestic cricket circuit has seen many young faces emerge every year, who later become big stars in the IPL, followed by their way to the national side. One such star in the making is Jasmer Dhankhar of Uttar Pradesh, a spinner by trade, a member of UP Ranji squad, who also served as a reserve player in the Lucknow Super Giants camp in the recently concluded IPL 2022 season.
The 23-year-old had left his team skipper Karan Sharma and other team members impressed by taking a three-wicket-haul in his debut Ranji match for UP against Maharashtra. In an exclusive interview with CricTracker, the rising star spoke about his experience at the IPL 2022the lessons learned during his time at LSG and the fun moments he shared with the members of the team.
Here are the excerpts from the interview with Jasmer Dhankhar:
Since LSG was a new franchise and a new group was formed, how long did it take for players to develop and form a band in a short period of time?
LSG is a great franchise. It never seemed like it was a new franchise making its debut at the massive event. Because the coaches and support staff had created such an environment, we never felt left out, there was a close bond between the players from the start. So from day one it was clear that the side adventure was going to be incredible.
Any advice you received in IPL 2022 and which you will remember throughout your career?
The only piece of advice I found particularly appropriate and important was to live in the moment. As a player, you tend to think about the future, which makes you feel uncomfortable and many thoughts go through your head. That’s why I think it’s essential to live in the moment.
What’s the best lesson you learned from the whole experience?
The most important thing I have learned is to keep working hard towards my goal. What helped me the most was watching the players’ performance and learning from them in every match. During the practice sessions we try to imitate what we have learned from the competition. I keep that in mind, always, throughout the practice and it turned out to be very helpful and helpful to me.
Which teammate of yours has impressed you the most during training and beyond?
I was impressed by KL Rahul, and the way he prepares makes it look like he’s hitting in a match rather than into the nets. That was an eye opener for me as he doesn’t play a single ball casually. A player like him who is so focused on cricket and his lifestyle is quite reserved. I loved how he expresses himself to the rest of the world and I enjoyed watching him play.
Who was that one senior pro who took you under their wing?
It was our bowling coach Narendra Hirwani who kept pushing me. That felt very nice, because he is someone who was a star player in his time. He worked on my game and supported me all the time. That was a big motivating factor during my trip.
What has changed in you after such an experience?
The process changed my way of thinking, as a person. It was a great experience for me both personally and professionally. I will never forget this trip.
Who do you think had the best cricket brain in the LSG squad?
I thought Gautam Gambhir had the best cricket brain. I liked how he thinks in a very different way.
How was the interaction with Gautam Gambhir?
Gautam Gambhir is a very honest and cheerful person. Every team needs someone with their qualities. He can even be brutally honest at times, which is exactly what you need.
Did Deepak Hooda and Krunal Pandya’s earlier feud earlier in the season have any effect on the team’s environment?
No, we didn’t have any of those feelings, and I don’t think it was ever a problem because everything was so relaxed. We didn’t even feel like there was a problem. Things happen on the pitch and we continue as professional cricketers. We don’t hold onto such resentments.
Was there a prankster in the LSG locker room? If so, remember an anecdote about his antics.
Umm, Karan Sharma was a prankster in the camp. I remember how he put ice on Ankit Rajpoot when the pacesetter was giving an interview. It was fun!