My cricketing journey
All I’ve ever really known in life is cricket. From my last two years in high school to young adulthood – my dream was to be a professional cricketer.
I started playing cricket at the age of 13. I was always a fast bowler and I was inspired by the likes of Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee, who were the fastest of them all. I climbed through the ranks very quickly as I was always faster than my peers for my age. I went from playing local club cricket to age group county cricket for Middlesex in a matter of months. When I was 18, I was signed by Northamptonshire on their academy staff and was scheduled to make my first-team debut that same year. I consider myself to be over-ambitious and I was so obsessed with becoming the ‘perfect’ fast bowler that I held myself back from some incredible opportunities that were ahead of me.
In my pursuit for perfection, I lost my bowling style and went through a very rough patch where I couldn’t bowl properly at all. For about 2 years, I desperately tried to rediscover my bowling style and played every experiment humanly possible, but nothing seemed to work. At this point, the toll that cricket had taken on me mentally was too much to bear and I had to take a step back from the game and explore different opportunities.