As a civilian police volunteer, Dayanand Garani, who controls traffic on a busy road in Kolkata, would have never thought he would stand in front of Virat Kohli and other Indian batsmen with the ball from 22 yards. When the 28-year-old son of a farmer father entered the bio-bubble of the Indian team going on tour to Dubai as a throw-down specialist, he also felt that dreams also come true.
This throw-down expert from Jamatia, a remote village in East Midnapore district said, ‘I was shocked when I was told about this, it took me a while to accept it. When I told my father about this, he too was shocked and he blessed me. ‘ The job of a throw-down specialist is to get the batsmen to practice against fast bowling. Garani is a part of Kings XI Punjab in the current season of the Indian Premier League. He was preparing to come to India after the team’s campaign ended in the tournament, when the BCCI contacted him and told that he would go on a tour of Australia.
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The team’s regular throw-down specialist Raghavendra (Raghu) is in the grip of Kovid-19. Garani said, ‘All my life I have dreamed of serving the country and this is an opportunity for me. I never thought it would come so soon. He must have seen something in me during the IPL. This is really the turning point of my life. Although the challenge in international cricket will be huge compared to the IPL tax, it will not be too much trouble for Garani who does the challenging job of civilian police.
“I am willing to sacrifice everything for this new challenge,” said Garani, ready to practice Kohli and other batsmen of the Indian team. Bowling at a speed of over 140 for three consecutive hours (throw-down) is a difficult task but Garani is ready for the challenge. Garani, who spent his childhood in extreme poverty, said, ‘I was a gymnast and very strong physically as a child. I am ready to bowl like a bouncer, yorker or full length, batsman.
Garani has represented the Kolkata Police locally in cricket tournaments, working as a civilian police. He joined the Andhra Ranji team in 2016 after coming in contact with Bengal trainer Sanjeev Haru Das, where he got Test specialist Hanuma Vihari and former India U-19 captain Ricky Bhui to practice on throw-downs. That’s why Munish Bali of Punjab suggested his name for Kings XI Punjab.
Garani said that it was wonderful to share the dressing room with Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle and Anil Kumble. He said, ‘I have a lot of pleasant memories from the IPL. It was a great experience and everyone liked my work and said keep working hard.