Slowly and steadily, the title Vriitya Aravind is turning into a famend character within the cricketing world. At simply 20, the Chennai-born cricketer has already represented UAE in 48 worldwide matches and was additionally the main run-scorer within the qualifiers of the T20 World Cup. So as to add to his tally, the officers of the Emirates board additionally appointed the teen as vice-captain of the facet for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Given his kind and temperament, it’s just about established that this chance is simply not given to him however he labored laborious to earn it. With a median of 30.50 and a strike fee of 132.97 in T20Is, Vriitya has proved himself within the restricted alternatives he bought. After some preliminary success, the cricketer goals to boost his customary and preserve performing properly for his nationwide facet with the hope of enjoying within the Indian Premier League sooner or later! In an unique interview with Crictracker, the teen spoke about his journey, the highs and lows of the UAE staff and likewise spoke on the Deepti Sharma – Charlotte Dean saga.
Right here’s what Vriitya Aravind mentioned within the interview –
1. So, you have been born in Chennai however now are an integral a part of the UAE squad. How has the journey been for you?
It has been actually, actually easy you already know! So, I used to be born in Chennai after which moved to Dubai. I by no means had a cricket bat, by no means performed cricket you already know! It began after I was in Dubai. Performed college cricket, and membership cricket right here after which went on to signify the UAE U16 staff and play for UAE U-19 after which after all bought into the primary staff. So, it was a transparent pathway for me to get to the place I’m now.
2. You made your worldwide debut on the age of simply 17. How particular was that second for you?
It was actually particular you already know, trigger I performed U-16, and U-19 for the staff after which to make my males’s debut in the identical yr I made my U-19 debut was actually particular. I feel that was a very, actually good yr for me and naturally, it was fairly surprising. I by no means noticed it coming that early however (I grabbed the chance).
3. Who was your cricketing idol rising up? What do you admire about him/her?
My cricketing idol simply retains altering each season. Whoever performs properly in that season is my idol. I attempt to take good issues from the folks within the limelight and attempt to carry that.
4. So, who’s the present cricketer you might be actually following?
Virat Kohli is again in his kind, so it is laborious to not say his title.
5. What are the issues that you just observe about Virat Kohli?
I feel it’s the laborious work and dedication you already know! He’s been by such a phrase and now he made a powerful comeback. In order that made me like him much more. Each cricketer is excellent when they’re in good kind however after they undergo the laborious instances, that’s when you really want to observe them, trigger the issues they do differs and to search out out the issues that may work for them afterward. So, I feel that’s how he earned my respect to the subsequent degree.
6. UAE missed out on the chance to make it to the Asia Cup 2022 and has now suffered defeat by the hands of Bangladesh in T20Is. What are the actual issues that you just suppose the staff must work on earlier than the all-important T20 World Cup?
We had a very good begin to the yr. We received the World Cup qualifiers and performed superb cricket. We received in opposition to Eire six instances out of six instances that we performed in opposition to them. So, it was all occurring an increase after which it was the Asia Cup qualifiers, which was not an excellent one for us. I feel that efficiency form of motivated us, boosted us to coach actually laborious within the final one month. Trigger all of us thought that we’ll be qualifying for the Asia Cup and that permit us down as we didn’t. So, that made us realise what we missed on trigger it occurred on our house. All of us have been there watching the sport. So, that actually motivated us to coach properly. Within the final one month, we had actually intense coaching and these two video games in opposition to Bangladesh was an excellent expertise. We realised that we’re not too distant from the Take a look at enjoying nations. Each the video games have been fairly shut. We had the sport and (missed) each probabilities. Hopefully, we take all our learnings of final yr and put that into the World Cup and carry out properly.
7. The World Cup can be going to be an excellent alternative for a teen such as you. Have you ever set any particular objectives for your self so far as the ICC occasion is worried?
I feel as a staff and individually, the primary purpose is to get into the tremendous 12. We play Netherlands, Namibia and Sri Lanka. So, hopefully, win these video games and get into the tremendous 12. So, that’s the primary purpose for me and for everybody within the staff.
8. Do you are feeling that the staff ought to play in opposition to extra formidable opponents to strengthen itself?
I feel it is going to be an excellent publicity to play a number of Take a look at-playing nation however we’ve got performed in opposition to a number of affiliate nations up to now two years and that has helped us attain this degree. Now, that we’ve got reached this degree, we get to play in opposition to a number of Take a look at-playing nations and if we carry out properly in opposition to them, I’m positive we are going to get extra video games in opposition to them as properly. That can improve our cricketing abilities.
9. The Deepti Sharma and Charlie Dean saga has taken the cricketing world by storm. What’s your tackle that?
India nonetheless picked 9 wickets earlier than that you already know, it’s a matter of only one wicket. If it’s within the legislation of the sport, it’s honest however I feel it involves the person, which manner they wish to play the sport. I don’t know which facet to tackle or lean on however I feel it’s an excellent debate to have.
10. Who would you wish to credit score essentially the most for the success you have got loved to this point?
I can’t actually thank one individual. After all, my mother and father have guided me all the best way and so they have been actually an integral (half) in all my cricketing facets and even for my training in that case. After all, I want to thank my coaches and my teammates. I feel they’ve performed a fairly large function as properly.
11. Are you able to speak concerning the steps that the Emirates Cricket Board has taken to advertise and improve cricket on the grassroots degree?
Now, as we are able to see, a number of kids are coming into the UAE set-up and coming to the UAE staff. Like, within the final two video games, we’ve got seen a 16-year-old (Aayan Khan) make his debut and carry out rather well in opposition to Bangladesh. I feel that tells us that we’ve got a very good pathway to get into the boys’s set-up. We play U-16 cricket, and U-19, there are U-16 academy leagues, U-19 academy leagues, college leagues which lead as much as U-19. So, that’s a transparent pathway to get into the boys’s staff.
12. Take a look at cricket is taken into account the most effective type of cricket. Do you suppose UAE is strolling on the fitting path to enjoying the longest format of the sport someday quickly?
Hopefully. I feel our efficiency within the subsequent one-two years (will decide that). If we beat a number of Take a look at-playing nations and get Take a look at standing, that will probably be (nice). I feel it’s a dream for each cricketer. So, all of us are working in direction of that dream and everyone knows what we are able to obtain and so, hopefully we get to the stage the place we play Take a look at cricket.
13. Do you observe IPL?
Sure, I do.
14. Given your age and kind, do you suppose enjoying within the IPL is usually a actuality quickly?
Hopefully. It’s each cricketer’s dream is to play the IPL. It’s the most effective and the most important franchise league on the planet. It’s a dream for me to play but when I observe the fitting course of, and preserve performing for UAE and wherever I get an opportunity, it can result in the IPL. Hopefully, it occurs in the end.
15. Which is your favorite staff within the IPL?
Chennai Tremendous Kings, after all.
16. What’s the rationale behind that?
I used to be born there. You understand how massive cricket is in Chennai. Each Chennai citizen is an enormous fan of CSK. I’m no totally different.
17. Did you see any of Chennai’s matches?
Oh, sure! Particularly, when the IPL was within the UAE, a few years in the past, I used to be there in each sport, each single sport.
18. On a severe word, Rohan Mustafa is among the legends of UAE cricket. Nevertheless, he at present is just not part of the UAE squad. As vice-captain of the facet, what do you concentrate on this transfer?
I don’t suppose I’m actually allowed to touch upon the scenario as of now.
19. Vice-captain on the age of 20. Do you are feeling the strain that comes with it or benefit from the accountability?
I actually try on this you already know! I performed the final three years of my life as a wicket-keeper and I really feel as a wicket-keeper, you might be already a frontrunner of the staff. You get to do many of the area modifications, you get to regulate the angles and the whole lot. So, a transfer to grow to be the vice-captain has not likely put a number of strain beneath me as a result of it’s fairly just like the function I do, however after all, it’s now extra official. Additionally, I feel I try beneath strain. So, it is going to be an excellent function within the World Cup.
20. Lastly, any message to the followers earlier than the all-important T20 World Cup?
Yeah, simply preserve supporting UAE cricket and hopefully, we get to play some good cricket and provides some surprises and upsets within the World Cup.