JAIPUR: Like it is the case with most kids, batting seemed more attractive to Prashant Solanki. But it was ‘that confused look on a batsman’s face while playing leg-spin that made the Mumbaikar commit himself to the art of spin bowling, a decision he is proud of today.
“I started playing when I was in the fourth standard. Like everyone, I wanted to bat; but as a part-time spinner what gradually started fascinating me was the confused look on the batsmen’s faces. After two years, I shifted my focus and decided to develop myself as a bowling all-rounder,” Solanki told TOI.
The Mumbai leggie, who made his List A debut against Pondicherry at the SMS Stadium in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, bamboozled the batsmen recording remarkable figures of 10-0-48-5.
The maiden outing was gratifying, but before he inflicted destruction, the youngster had nerves.
“Being a part of the senior team for the first time, I was nervous. But things fell in place and I grew in confidence after my first wicket,” said the Mumbai bowler.
Being around big names like Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw is a learning in itself and Solanki wants to be like a sponge that can soak in the valuable experience.
“It is so inspiring to see how these players train and hear the stories they share. Importantly, when I joined them, everyone welcomed me nicely and ensured I feel at home,” said the 21-year-old.
Solanki enjoys a strong support system back home as well.
“My father is a businessman. Even he wanted to play the sport back then in his time, but couldn’t. He did not have support from his parents. So he backed me right from the beginning and never refused anything when it came to my cricket.”
The youngster, who earlier practiced at the MIG Cricket Club in Bandra, now trains at a ground near his home in Thane and at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
“Since my days at the MIG, Prashant Shetty has remained my coach. I still practise with him,” he added.