His father Sampath said that theirs is a desert region and Raj Limbani practiced even in harsh weather. He said that he used to play cricket for few hours in the sand and in the hot sun.
Raj Limbani: Talent does not come from money.. If you have hard work and perseverance.. you can excel in any field. Raj Limbani was the model for that. Currently, Raj Limbani is one of the cricketers coming into the limelight through the Under-19 World Cup. This boy is stirring up dust with a sensational performance in the Under-19 World Cup being held in South Africa. In the semi-final against the host team on Tuesday, he impressed with an all-round performance in the final. He played a key role in bringing Team India to the final. He not only took three wickets in bowling but also scored 13 runs in 4 balls at a crucial moment in batting and gave victory to India. He paved the way for victory with a huge six in a thrilling match. Badi sealed India's victory with a winning shot boundary.
As a farmer's child..
Rajlibani was born in Diapar district of Rann of Kutch, 27 km from Pakistan. He grew up to become an under-19 cricketer from a simple farmer's family. Raj was given two options by his father. He advised him to go to Ahmedabad or Surat and study like his other brothers. Otherwise he said that he should help in agriculture. But Raj.. not these two options he reached Baroda to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a cricketer. Even though Baroda is 557 km away from his hometown, he left home for his favorite game. His father stood by Rajlimbani who wanted to become a cricketer. He said that if you fail in cricket, you should come home and do agriculture.
Satta in the match with Nepal..
Raj Limbani, who reached Baroda for the game of his choice, learned cricket under the supervision of coaches. Even though he sometimes made mistakes and failed, he got a place in the Under-19 team with the help of the coaches. In the Under-19 Asia Cup held before this mega tournament, he took seven wickets in the match against Nepal. A right-handed swing bowler, Limbani, new and old alike, excelled with his swing. He played four matches in the Asia Cup and took 12 wickets. Team India's former star all-rounder Irfan Pathan can match the style of bowling and can play big shots like Pathan in batting.
Practice in the desert sand..
His father Sampath said that theirs is a desert region and Raj Limbani practiced even in harsh weather. He said that he used to play cricket for few hours in the sand and in the hot sun. He explained that Limbani, who started playing with tennis ball, then cork ball, now plays cricket with grace ball. Coach Digvijay Singh Ratwa said that Raj Limbani was recruited not only because of his talent but also because of his background. He said that he saw Raj Limbani for the first time at the Under-16 camp. He said that if the boys learning cricket were asked who and what they would become, they all answered that they would play for the Indian team, but Raj showed his diary.
Clarity on the target..
First he wanted to be selected for Under-16, then he wanted to play for Under-19, then he wanted to attend the NCA camp and play in the Under-19 World Cup. Digvijay Singh Ratwa explained that he performed better in that tournament and played first-clock cricket for Baroda. After that, he had a clear goal to enter the ring for India and make his debut for the senior team.