The Indian team defeated New Zealand in the Super Six match on Tuesday. In response to the target of 295, New Zealand could score only 81 runs. For India, Soumya Pandey took four wickets and Raj Limbani took two wickets. Limbani put New Zealand on the backfoot by taking two wickets in the very first over of the innings. Limbani sent opener Tom Jones to the pavilion on the first ball and Snaith Reddy on the fifth ball. Earlier in the over, New Zealand’s score was two wickets for 0 runs. The New Zealand team came under pressure from this and could not emerge till the end.
Limbani left home for cricket
The effect of Limbani’s years of hard work is now visible in the World Cup. He has created havoc here with his speed. Limbani is a resident of Dayapur village of Kutch, Gujarat. His father is a farmer. To study in an English medium school, Limbani had to travel 45 km every day. However, for cricket, he decided to leave home at the age of 12 and shift to Vadodara. His cricket club was 14 km away from where Limbani lived in Vadodara. He did not have money to travel by bus, so he used to commute by bicycle.
Limbani used to cycle 28 km every day
Due to traveling 28 km on bicycle every day, Limbani’s stamina increased a lot. This is very important for fast bowlers. Limbani gradually became a part of all the teams of Baroda Cricket Association. He participated in Cooch Behar Trophy, Colonel CK Nayudu, Under-19 Challengers Trophy and Under-23 ODI tournaments.
Have bowled the ball at a speed of 140
Before participating in the Under-19 Asia Cup, Limbani used to train at the National Cricket Academy. Here he achieved a speed of 140 kmph last year. Now Limbani is showing the effect of this training in the Under-19 World Cup. After his brilliant performance against New Zealand, his confidence has increased a lot and he hopes that he will play a more important role in the team’s victory in the coming times.