U-19 World Cup | Ostwal introduced his arrival in type

The craft and variations of the left arm spinner were too good for the South Africa U-19 team

Struggling through the daily commute of commuter trains is synonymous with Mumbai cricketers. But Vicky Ostwal is different. Although originally from Maharashtra, Ostwal spent countless hours on local trains pursuing his cricket aspirations.

“We just hope it’s the start for him. He’s worked hard over the years. And Friday’s effort reflects his passion, perseverance and the sacrifices he and his parents made,” said Mohan Jadhav, East Wales coach at Dilip Vengsarkar Cricket Academy on the outskirts of Pune.

Hailing from Lonavala, a hill station on the Mumbai-Pune national highway, it was Ostwal’s primary school teacher who caught his spark.

Father Kanhaiya, a real estate developer, then began ferrying him to Vengsarkar Academy in south Mumbai.

“When he was about 13, I told his parents that moving closer to the academy would help him. As supportive parents, they moved into a house a few minutes’ walk from the academy and he hasn’t looked back since,” says Jadhav.