Benoni: Left-arm medium pacer Naman Tiwari, who made headlines in the Under-19 World Cup with his aggressive bowling, said that the tips he received from senior bowler Jasprit Bumrah at NCA have helped him a lot in making him a better bowler. Tiwari, a resident of Lucknow, played a key role in India’s victory by taking four wickets against Ireland in the tournament. Apart from this, his excellent yorker and speed also remain a topic of discussion. On the sidelines of the Indian team’s practice session for Sunday’s final against Australia, he said, ‘Bumrah is an inspiration for us. I watch his bowling videos a lot. I have met him several times at NCA and talked to him a lot about the mentality and skills of a bowler. He has explained a lot which is useful.
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Tiwari said, ‘He told me how to bowl accurate yorkers on which I worked a lot. We have to work hard to bring more aggression in this. He further said, ‘I learn something from every bowler. Whatever I like, I try to understand and learn by watching his videos. Shoaib Akhtar’s speed, Dale Steyn’s swing and Mitchell Starc’s aggression look very good. Eighteen-year-old Tiwari said that he actually wanted to become a batsman but due to not getting a chance to bat, he had to choose bowling.
Father is an agent in LIC and used to emphasize on studies.
He said, ‘I started playing cricket as a batsman but I did not get to bat at all. That’s why I started bowling at the academy in Lucknow and because I work with my left hand, I became a left-arm fast bowler. Tiwari’s father is an agent in LIC and like a typical middle-class family, this only brother of three sisters was also under pressure to focus on studies but his heart was in cricket. He said, ‘Papa always kept asking me to study. I was in seventh class and I was interested in cricket. Since I was not able to focus on two places, I asked my father for three years’ time so that I can prove myself as a good cricketer. Today my family is very happy with my success.
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Now father is happy, it is his dream to throw the world’s fastest ball
He further said, ‘As soon as the evening comes, Papa calls and is very happy. Seeing them happy makes me feel very good that I did not disappoint them. This young player from Uttar Pradesh, who has given many talented fast bowlers to Indian cricket, aims to bowl the fastest ball in the world and for this he learns something from every fast bowler. He said, ‘I want to bowl the fastest ball in the world one day. There are intentions to play the World Cup with the senior team but for now the focus has to be on performance. I want to continuously improve my game because there will be bigger challenges ahead and I will have to prepare my base to face them.
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Happy with the team’s performance so far in the Under-19 World Cup, this bowler said, ‘So far the performance of all the players has been very good. Especially in the semi-finals against South Africa, we showed tremendous spirit. I am very happy that the team is playing like this and we will try to maintain this rhythm in the final also. Tiwari, who wishes to play Test cricket in the future, said, ‘Although I like all formats, I find Test cricket the most challenging. The real test of a bowler is there and I want to become a good Test cricketer in the future.