Who is Prakash Bhagat: Former Ranji cricketer Prakash Bhagat is selling daal poori for earning money
Prakash Bhagat with Sourav Ganguly (file)  |  Photo Credits: IANS
- Who is Prakash Bhagat, who reached poverty from the cricket field
- Former cricketer who played Ranji Trophy also bowled against Sourav Ganguly
- Today Prakash Bhagat is compelled to sell lentils and puri, himself told his own sad story
Prakash Bhagat, who once played Ranji for Assam, is now forced to sell dal puri to make a living. Bhagat has participated in various national and state level tournaments for the state. Bhagat said that as a member of the Assam team, he played in the Ranji Trophy in 2009-10 and against Railways and Jammu and Kashmir in 2010-11. He has also bowled against the great former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.
The former cricketer took training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore in 2003. “During the NCA training, I bowled to Sourav Ganguly. At that time I got a chance to meet Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag,” Bhagat told IANS over phone.
He said, “I had to quit cricket in 2011 after my father’s death. My father and elder brother Deepak Bhagat used to sell chaat. My brother also fell ill after his father’s death.”
Deepak is married and has two small children. Bhagat said that if the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) or any other institution helps him financially, then he will be able to start his cricket career.
Bhagat said, “After leaving cricket, I started working in a mobile company to run my family but I lost my job last year due to the lockdown implemented due to Corona.” Former Ranji player Manimay Roy said that due to lack of financial support, most of the players from the Northeast are leaving the game.
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