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There is a famous quote “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” SKY epitomises this to the fullest
A player of great calibre, a great thinker of the game, a icon for the youngsters in the team and a great team man, SKY has endured many many ups downs to reach where he is today. The No 1 T20 batsman in ICC rankings and today appointed Vice captain of the Indian Cricket T20 team.
Having been a witness to this great guy’s  growth. In and around 2008 when playing for Mumbai in age group circuit he was tipped as the next best thing in Mumbai and Indian cricket. His perseverance and dedication to the game is unmatchable.
He was a heavy scorer in the age group games which prompted his promotion to the Mumbai Ranji Team at an early age where he showed that he belonged to that league from his first outing.
At a very young age he was made the Captain as all the seniors either retired from the game or had gone to greener pastures. The start was not great in the first two games and then SKY turned the tide on a cold bitter winter at Kanpur. His captaincy was taken off him by the administrators of MCA on the pretext of a leaked information by a teammate without an enquiry. That was the beginning of the targeting of SKY by administrators and selectors. He never reacted but continued to perform with the bat unfailingly. He knew one failure and they would pack his bags off.
Then came a whiff of fragrance in the form of Chandu Pandit who took over as coach of Mumbai, recognising the acumen that SKY possessed, he allowed him to flourish mixing freedom with discipline and trusting his instincts in reading the game. SKY flourished like never before and was in National reckoning then getting selected for India A team on a regular basis.
When Chandu left, as expected the sword was always out for SKY. He endured it and let his bat do the talking.
He just failed in two innings and was unceremoniously dropped, perhaps the low point of his career. He had also been left out of the Mumbai T20 team earlier in the season. He even thought of shifting from Mumbai but a few well wishers of Mumbai Cricket could convince him not to do that and he listened.However even God would like to see him bat and since the new captain was injured for the game SKY was called in the morning of the match to play as every one knew only he had the skill and experience to play with an inexperienced team. Thank God for that he never looked back.
He has grown in stature since and today is near the pinnacle of his powers. The greatness of the guy is that success has not changed him one bit, he remains down to earth, colourful, helpful and always ready to play a game for his club, office or team despite his tough schedule. I know for a fact he would attend his office whenever he was in Mumbai and unoccupied with cricket.
Having seen his journey closely I must say the calming influence of his better half Devisha has been monumental, her patience and pushing SKY to aim higher was phenomenal and today we see him in flying colours.
May you attain greater success in cricket and life Champ, you really deserve it for the efforts you put in.
As is our custom can I will conclude with what I have been saying for long “ Let the Bat do the Talking”
Way to go Champ continue to enthral. 

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