Ravi Kumar. (Source: BCCI)

Ravi Kumar scalped four wickets to play an important role in India’s U19 World Cup win.

“Hum goli chalake desh seva karte hai, aur beta ball daal ke,” (We fire bullets to protect our country, and my son serves the country with his bowling),” said Ravi’s father assistant sub-inspector Rajinder Singh, who is now posted in a CRPF camp in the Maoist-prone Rayagada district of Odisha.

“I always ensured that my family stays happy, without knowing the pain that I endured. Even when I sustained splinter injury on both my legs and arms, I did not tell them. They only came to know from TV,” he recalled about the grenade attack according to PTI.

“I was posted in J and K and always on the move. So little did I know much how he got into cricket. Like everyone else of his age group, he was always busy playing cricket for fun.”

“Later I came to know that Arvind Bharadwaj ji has put him into serious cricket and that’s how it all began for him 13-14 years ago,” Singh recalled.

“I was also worried initially as I didn’t have the money to support him in taking up cricket as a career, but he stood on his own. It shows the drive and commitment in him. Hope he makes the grade (to senior level),” he added.