All sporting events are either postponed or cancelled because of coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown. Sports personalities and players are forced to spend their time within their homes as everyone has to follow social distancing to control the outbreak of COVID-19, which has claimed thousands of lives across the globe. However, some players are utilising this time to harness their skills. One such person is an aspiring cricketer of Gorakhpur district – Ritesh Yadav.
A lot of people are talking about him not only in his hometown but across India. This is because a video of him, breaking a coconut with a perfect yorker has gone viral on the internet.
The video shows Yadav breaking a coconut – kept between a pair of shoes – into pieces with a perfect yorker. He shared the video on microblogging site Twitter with a caption ‘#Break the coconut.’
RP Singh invites Ritesh Yadav to his academy
The video left many in awe and soon it went viral. Former left-arm Indian pacer RP Singh was so impressed with his skills that he invited him for training at his academy.
ज़बरदस्त यॉर्कर। वाक़ई में ग्रामीण इलाक़ों में प्रतिभा की कोई कमी नहीं है और हमारे देश में एक से बढ़ कर एक युवा टैलेंट मौजूद हैं। रितेश अगर चाहें तो लॉक्डाउन खत्म होने के बाद लखनऊ या ग्रेटर नॉएडा कैम्प में प्रशिक्षण के लिए आ सकते हैं। मैं उनके उज्ज्वल भविष्य की कामना करता हूँ। https://t.co/WzYG80kVQi
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) April 28, 2020
“Epic Yorker. There is no dearth of talent in rural areas and there are some of the best young talents in our country. If Ritesh wants, he can come to Lucknow or Greater Noida academy for training once the lockdown gets over. I wish him a bright future,” Singh wrote on Twitter while sharing the video.
Ritesh Yadav is overwhelmed by the gesture of RP Singh and has thanked the former cricketer for giving him this opportunity.
“Thank you very much, sir, for giving me this opportunity. I am glad that you consider me talented enough to get trained by you. I would like to be trained by you so that I can further enrich my skills and bring glory to my district, state, and country just like you,” Yadav said.