Chennai Super Kings will be back next year in the Indian Premier League and former CSK player Shadab Jakati is eying to play for the franchise.
Despite being a promising newcomer then, he never played for India. Now, at 36, his chances look further bleak. But he still offers 100 per cent commitment to domestic cricket without any specific goal in mind. “The love and passion for the game motivates me. I have worked hard on my fitness in the last couple of months and my body feels good. As long as I enjoy my cricket, I will keep going,” he told Sportstar in an exclusive chat.
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He uses the experience he gained under M.S. Dhoni’s leadership, from 2009 to 2012, to prosper in domestic cricket. “I try to share my CSK tales with the young cricketers of Goa. Dhoni made it easy for players, but there is a difference when playing for a side like CSK — with almost 15 match-winners — and Goa (which isn’t known for producing champions),” he said.
Jakati also believes the Goa Cricket Association didn’t support him when he looked set for an India debut. “I do believe I had a good chance to play for India in the 2009-2011 period. But the kind of support a player needs, I didn’t get that from my association. In future, I hope our boys get the same kind of exposure that players from other states get; that culture needs to come into Goa cricket. If any Goa player ends up representing India, it will make a huge difference for the state,” Jakati concluded.