Is the exciting Aneesh KV the new face of the Karnataka Cricket?

Indian Cricket is soaring high now. It’s hard to imagine that just some 20 years back we were mocked and ridiculed all over the world. We were nicknamed the ‘chokers’ because the team never played with enough passion. All that changed when Saurav Ganguly, aka Dada, took over as the captain. He brought the passion and aggression back into the side. The 2002 Natwest Series win against England in the Lords signifies the effect he had. Soon after, he handed the reins to Rahul Dravid, who then handed it to MS Dhoni. This man changed the face of Indian Cricket forever. In the span of 6 years, MSD completed the first and the only ICC treble by a captain. India was never the same again. The ‘chokers’ transformed into the ‘Hunters’. With the abundance of chase-maniacs like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Suresh Raina, India hunted down humongous totals with sheer ease. One more important thing MS brought to the Indian side was relying on youngsters. MS Dhoni was a great advocate of using younger players, and we all know how effective it proved. Players like Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer emerged. Just like them, there are several talents making a statement and knocking on the doors of Indian Cricket. Aneesh KV is one such player.

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Playing as a top-order batsman for the Social Cricketers Club of Karnataka, Aneesh has just one dream. That is donning the Indian Blue and playing the World Cup Cricket. The 20-year-old has been among the most talented cricketers of his age. Just like any of us, Aneesh was mesmerised when he saw India lift the World Cup in 2011. He too wanted to be a part of that team. That’s where his career kicked off. He trained hard for countless months before earning his place in the Karnataka U14 State Team in 2014. Some good performances kept him in the loop. In 2016, Aneesh was named as the vice-captain for the Karnataka team in the U16 Vijay Merchant trophy. He also represented the South zone at U16 NCA Camp.

The following year in the 2017-18 season, Aneesh took Cooch-Behar Trophy by storm. He scored 559 runs in 8 matches. The star Aneesh has just arrived on the domestic stage. The next season he scored 450 runs in the 8 matches. Aneesh again exploded, this time in SA Srinivasan Tournament, where he bombarded the bowlers with 339 runs in just 3 innings!

Even during a stressful Covid period, Aneesh kept his mind and body fit. He regularly trained to be in the shape. Vilay Sports, a firm representing his commercial interests, assisted Aneesh in keeping his career on track during this time – even securing a bat sponsorship with SS.

After Cricket resumed in 2021, Aneesh picked up, where he left off. He was in a sublime form, scoring 450 runs in 11 innings at a striking average of 50 in Sir Ismail Shield Group-1, 1st division league.

He again knocked on the doors of selectors by smashing 376 runs in 8 innings in BCCI Men’s U25 State ‘A’ Trophy. Still just 20, Aneesh has a lot of opportunities to live his dream and we here at The Sportsway wish him all the best for his career ahead.

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