Australia has given its team a player of Indian origin for the U19 World Cup, who can bowl with both hands.
Australia made a great start to the campaign by defeating West Indies in the Under-19 World Cup on Saturday (Indian Time). West Indies batsmen knelt in front of Australia’s bowling. Nivetan Radhakrishna of Indian origin has taken three wickets for Australia. Originally from Chennai, Nivethan is one of the few players who can bowl with both hands.
The salaries are of Indian origin. When he was just 10 years old, his parents shifted from Chennai to Sydney. This is where the real journey of Nivetan’s cricket began. He also stopped his last year of school to establish himself in cricket. Nivetan is 18 years old but he says that he has been playing cricket for 15 years. He told that he has been playing Under-14 cricket since he was four years old.
Nivetan can bowl off spin with both right and left hands. Although he started his career as a fast bowler. When he was five-six years old, he used to bowl with the right hand. But then one day his father told him to try bowling with the left hand.
It was Nivetan’s father Anbu Selvan who encouraged him to bowl. He has entered junior cricket for Tamil Nadu. Before going to Sydney, Nivethan’s elder brother Nikethan used to play for the Tamil Nadu Under-14 team. But after going to Australia, he left cricket. However, the cricket journey of Nivatan continued. He was earlier part of Australia’s Under-16 team.
Nivetan was seen training with Delhi Capitals in IPL. He bowled to players like Marcus Stoinis, Shreyas Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan. Apart from IPL, he has played in Tamil Nadu Premier League with R Ashwin and S Badrinath.