Chetan Sakariya earned his maiden India call-up for the ODI and T20I series for the tour of Sri Lanka. The left-arm pacer, who lost his father and brother earlier this year, has managed to take giant strides in his cricket career.

Chetan Sakariya recently played for the Rajasthan Royals in the now-suspended Indian Premier League (IPL 2021). Before the start of the tournament, his brother committed suicide while his father passed away after the tournament was suspended due to COVID-19.

After being named in India’s 20-man squad for the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka, the 23-year-old dedicated his maiden call-up to his late father, Kanjibhai, and his mother. He is currently in Chennai, training at the MRF Pace Foundation.

“I wish my father had been here to see this. He wanted me to play for India. I miss him a lot today. God has made me see ups and downs in a span of one year. It has been a very emotional ride so far,” Sakariya was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

“I lost my younger brother and a month later I got a big IPL contract. I lost my father last month, and god has handed me an India call-up. I was in the hospital for seven days when my father was battling for his life. This is an irreplaceable void. This one is for my late father and for my mother, who allowed me to continue with my cricket,” he added.

“The way people were talking about me after the IPL, I was thinking that now at least I have a chance to be a net bowler for the Indian team,” concluded Sakariya, who managed 7 wickets in the first half of IPL 2021.

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