Kalra scored a century in the final © Getty Images
Kalra scored a century in the final © Getty Images

The skillful batting of India’s top order was vividly praised throughout ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018. A member of the top-three and among the most consistent batsmen was Manjot Kalra, who scripted India’s victory in the final match with his brilliant century. In a recent interview, Manjot Kalra’s coach Sanjay Bhardwaj revealed how dedicated Kalra is. He apparently trains for almost 6-7 hours each day and is focused to carry forward his form further.

“He realized he needed to be travelling to play higher levels of cricket. He didn’t want to worry about college attendance and other things. He intends to go to college this year. He is focused and calm now. He trains for nearly six-seven hours a day. His routine didn’t have anything but home and ground. Score big and have a good temperament, that’s all I tell him,” Bhardwaj was quoted as saying by Times of India.

Kalra had a torrid time when during Under-19 Asia Cup, the cricketer was accused of age-forgery. His performance was not very impressive in the tournament. However, he bounced back after coming back to India, playing a 172-run knock in Cooch Behar Trophy ahead of World Cup.

“There were a lot of distractions. Our father was critical and this allegation came up. But he gave the best reply to doubters today. When he returned from Malaysia, he rushed straight to the hospital. He didn’t have a great Asia Cup. He had a match against Punjab in the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy the next day. His first coach Suresh Batra told him that performing big in that match will be the greatest gift he could give to our father,” Hitesh, Kalra’s brother revealed.