HUBBALLI: A student from JG Commerce College, Hubballi, has been selected for the Karnataka Under-19 cricket team, which is set to play in the upcoming Vinoo Mankad Trophy.
Rajendra Danganavar is the only player to be selected from Dharwad Zone (Friends Union Cricket Club) to represent Karnataka in the tournament matches scheduled to be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, from September 28 to October 4. In all, 20 players have been selected to represent Karnataka in the tournament.
Incidentally, it was a report in Hubballi Times that prompted Rajendra to appear for the selection trials for the Under-19s team.
Speaking to Hubballi Times, Rajendra said he was the only player to be selected from northwestern Karnataka (Bombay Karnataka). A left-arm spinner and left-handed batsman, he studied at Nirmala K Thakkar School, Hubballi. He captained the school cricket team in inter-school tournaments for three years, from 2017 to 2019. The school supported him by waiving the compulsory classroom attendance. In 2019, he was among the 30 probables for Karnataka Under-16s but didn’t make it to the final team.
He didn’t give up, and enrolled at Tejal Shirguppi Cricket Academy, Gokul Road, to train hard. The efforts have now paid off.
Rajendra’s father, Shashishekar Danganavar, played for Karnatak University and Dharwad Zone Under-23s. The family, which was a tad disappointed when Rajendra was dropped from Under-16s two years ago, is now overjoyed that he’s going to play in the prestigious Vinoo Mankad Trophy.
Besides Karnataka, the tournament will involve Puducherry, Jammu and Kashmir, Saurashtra, Jharkhand and Vidarbha.
Rajendra is currently practising at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) in Bengaluru.
He will be paid a stipend of Rs 1,000 per day. The KSCA will also pay for his accommodation, food and travel, and has provided him with a cricket training kit. He will be paid Rs 10,000 per match.
Speaking of his future plans, Rajendra said he aspired to represent India in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
Hubballi Times wishes him all the best.