Dhruv Jurel: Mother Sold Gold Chain For Cricket Kit

India vs England, Fourth Test: Dhruv Jurel shared that he spoke with his father on the evening of Saturday, the veteran of the Kargil War inspired him to be resilient in the middle on Sunday. India was in danger in the first innings, but the 22-year-old came through with a game-changing 90.

Dhruv Jurel Had Two Objectives In Life

As soon as he developed the maturity to understand what life is like and the struggles, Dhruv Jurel set his sights on two goals: He wanted to make it big in cricket, but more importantly, he wanted to make sure his mother’s sacrifice wouldn’t go waste.

Dhruv Jurel stated that when his mother sold her only gold chain to buy him a cricket kit, “Us waqt toh realize nahi hua (I did not realize at the time), but when I realized how big a sacrifice it was, I became more determined.”

Dhruv Jurel: Background Story

Dhruv Jurel comes from a middle-class background family. Like every middle-class family’s father dreamt of his son for a settled job. Dhruv Jurel’s father a Kargil War Veteran, Nem Singh Jurel also wanted his son to serve the nation as a soldier or at worse settle for a government job.

The young cricketer Dhruv Jurel nearly quit cricket at the age of 14 due to financial difficulties and lack of support from his family. Dhruv Jurel’s father, Nem Singh Jurel, had never wanted his son to take up any sports. Things reached a boiling point when Dhruv Jurel threatened to run away from the house after his father denied him to buy the cricket kit bag.

It’s expensive to play cricket, especially when you want to be a batsman. Dhruv’s father recalls how Dhruv desired a kit bag that cost around 6000 rupees and a bat that cost Rs 800. “Mat khelo, itna paisa nahi hai (leave the game, I don’t have so much money)”, said Dhruv Jurel’s father. However, Dhruv Jurel locked himself in the bathroom, and his mother decided on to buy a cricket kit bag by selling her only gold chain.

Nem Singh Jurel: Even though I still laugh sometimes when I think back on those times, one thing was obvious. The father of Jurel said, Dhruv was prepared to work hard.

Support From Father & Change Of Fortune

It wasn’t just Dhruv’s mother who sacrifices for him. With Dhruv Jurel’s determination, dedication, and passion, his father Nem Singh Jurel begins to provide indirect support as well. Dhruv stated, “His father made a different kind of sacrifice. He generally heard their neighbors taunting him, saying, “You’re ruining my life by letting me play cricket.”

When his U19 World Cup friends – Yashavi Jaiswal, Ravi Bishnoi, and Priyam Garg had made their debuts in the cricket’s big league Indian Premier League IPL, Dhruv Jurel was waiting for his opportunity to play in IPL or for the Indian national team. It was Nem Singh Jurel who backed Dhruv Jurel and told him he needed to do something differently to stand out. He should always wait for his time.

IPL Impact Rule A Blessing

In IPL 2022, Rajasthan Royal (RR) picked Dhruv Jurel at his base price of ₹20 lakh. However, he did not get an opportunity to play a game in the whole season as RR backed Riyan Parag. But the situation changed after the defeat to the Gujarat Titans in the final of IPL 2022.

In the next season IPL 2023, Dhruv will bat at No. 6 or 7, the management informed him. No room remained in the top-order with Jaiswal, Sanju (Samson) bhaiya, and Jos (Buttler) bhai. So, after last year IPL 2022’s final, Dhruv stated, “It was made very evident to me by Kumar Sangakkara (RR coach) sir and the management that they are looking at me at 6 or 7.

Players like Dhruv received a major boost in the IPL 2023 season with the introduction of the Impact Player rule. He was aware that whenever they were pursuing, he would fit into the bigger picture as an Impact Player. The chance arose in the season’s second game, and Dhruv’s batting display was so impressive that he was included in the starting lineup, replacing an out-of-form Riyan Parag.

In addition to his stunning debut, Dhruv following it up with two more memorable knocks lower down the order against RCB and CSK – an unbeaten 34 off 16 balls vs RCB and 34 off 15 against CSK.

A key factor in Dhruv’s transition was the training he received at the RR academy in Nagpur during the off-season. RR’s coaches helped a lot. From situational practice to power hitting, everything was a regular part of my training at the academy. That gave me confidence when I first got an opportunity to bat in the middle,” Dhruv said.

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