Sheldon Jackson says “If cricket wasn’t kind to me, I would have been selling Panipuri on roads” in the Indian Premier League. Sheldon Jackson tells his serious and emotional journey in cricket on Thursday. Jackson remarked that if the sport had not been kind to him a few years ago.
Sheldon Jackson recalled how in 2011, domestic disappointments had prepared him to give up. Also, all of his cricketing dreams. Sheldon was ready to take up an odd bank job. When a friend asked him to give him another year for the sport. He has worked on it his whole life.
“At the age of 25, I thought of giving cricket up totally. I was in the Ranji Trophy squad for five years without playing a single match.. Then a very, very close friend of mine, named Mr. Shapath Shah, said that ‘You have worked all these years very hard, give yourself another year, wait for another year, if nothing works you can come and work in my factory. I’ll give you a job but give yourself another year,” Sheldon Jackson said.
That year became the watershed moment in Sheldon Jackson’s career. He broke countless records to reignite his ambitions.
“That year I broke every record in the country. I became the highest run-scorer. I played everything except for India. I got four centuries in a year, three centuries in a row… From there on my career just kickstarted. That time I understood that if I have to do something in my life, this is the only thing I can do because I knew nothing else. I never paid attention to anything else in my life. Or else, if cricket had not been kind to me, I would have been selling panipuri on the roads,” Sheldon also added.
Lastly, Sheldon Jackson has also featured in four IPL games. Presently it will be interesting to see whether the franchise gives him a chance. Also, in the UAE during the second leg of IPL 2021. It is considering their position on the points table. Moreover, the enduring struggles of the top order.