This cricketer, who originated from Himachal Pradesh, has made a name for playing for a foreign country thousands of kilometers away. After breaking the dream of playing the World Cup for India at the junior level, he wants to play the World Cup for America.
A player of Indian origin rocked the cricket field in the past. This player, who played for America, hit six consecutive sixes in ODI cricket and scored a stormy century. He became the second batsman after Herschelle Gibbs in ODIs and only fourth in international cricket to hit six consecutive sixes. After this feat, the name of this player named Jaskaran Malhotra started resonating everywhere. He was being talked about everywhere. 4000 to 5000 WhatsApp messages arrived on Malhotra’s phone. He didn’t even get a chance to read them. Jaskaran Malhotra did an amazing job of hitting six sixes against Papua New Guinea. But at one time this player used to play in India and was close to playing under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. But then what happened that he started playing for America instead of India?
Jaskaran played an unbeaten 173 runs in 124 balls against Papua New Guinea with four fours and 16 sixes. Due to this innings, America registered an easy victory. Regarding hitting six sixes, Jaskaran Malhotra told ESPNcricinfo that when he hit four sixes, he thought that six sixes could be hit. And then he did so. Jaskaran did this feat against a bowler named Gaudi Toka. Jaskaran has played cricket for Himachal Pradesh at Under-15 and Under-17 level. He also does wicketkeeping and was very successful in the early days of his career. He was selected among 20 probables for the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. But he could not come in the last 16 and then could not go to play the World Cup. Later Kohli’s captaincy won the Under-19 World Cup.
Jaskaran Malhotra could not play the Under-19 World Cup but he got a place in the senior team of Himachal Pradesh. But even here he could not play at the first class level. Then in the year 2010, the path of his life changed. He went to America at a relative’s place. Here he played in a domestic tournament. His game was also good. Then he started getting calls to play from America. Here the dream of playing for India was fading away. So in 2014 Jaskaran Malhotra moved to America forever.
Jaskaran told ESPNcricinfo about going to America that he had a dream to play for India. But now playing for America is also satisfying. His eyes are now on playing for America in the World Cup. He has so far scored 228 runs in seven ODIs for America at an average of 45.60. At the same time, 112 runs have come in six T20s at an average of 18.66.
After hitting six consecutive sixes, Kieran Pollard first called and congratulated Jaskaran Malhotra. Jaskaran has played for St Lucia in the Caribbean Premier League in 2018 under the captaincy of Pollard. It also identifies both of them. Jaskaran is still waiting for Yuvraj Singh’s call or message. They feel that soon Yuvi will also message them and they are eager for it. Jaskaran aspires to play in IPL as well.