Once a leading cricketer from the state, Prakash Bhagat, who played in different national and state-level tournaments, the left-arm spinner who once bowled to the Indian team at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru because his action resembled that of New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori, is now striving hard to mark his existence, selling tea and fast food here in Silchar, Assam.
Bhagat, 34, said that as a member of the Assam team, he had played Ranji Trophy matches in 2009/10 and 2010/11 against the Railways and Jammu and Kashmir teams. He had also undergone a month-long training in the Bengaluru-based National Cricket Academy (NCA) in 2003. During those days he would bowl for Saurav Ganguly and many other dignitaries of Indian cricket.
He had to leave his cricketing dream as his father passed away following a massive cardiac arrest and his elder brother too remained ill after the death of his father.
To support his family financially, Bhagat now has to run a tea stall and fast food cart to make the ends meet even which seems difficult due to COVID-19.
Bhagat said, “If I get financial support for my family, I am keen to return to the cricket field again. Many of my former teammates got government jobs or financial support from various government and non-government organizations, but I could not obtain one.”