In a heartwarming revelation, wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel shared his emotions upon receiving his call-up to the Indian Test squad for the ongoing series against England. The announcement came as a surprise to Jurel, who was in the midst of a practice session when he learned about his selection. The 23-year-old expressed his disbelief and joy upon seeing his name on the squad list, describing the moment as living a dream.
“We were having practice that day and it ended late in the evening. So, I was just going to sleep, and I casually opened BCCI TV and saw my name in the announced squad. I was literally in shock. Every kid playing cricket dreams of playing for the Indian national team. While seeing my name, I thought that I am living a dream,” Jurel shared in an interview with Jio Cinema.
For Jurel, the call-up holds significant emotional value, representing the realization of a lifelong dream. He acknowledged the challenges he faced, especially considering the financial constraints of a middle-class family. However, his perseverance and dedication have propelled him to this milestone, a moment that he and his family cherished deeply.
“Every cricketer has this dream and for a middle-class family, when you are starting, it seems unattainable because so many people are competing and financially, it is expensive. How will we manage everything is something on the mind? All of that was flashing back, from where I started and all the struggles I overcame. Everything was happening like a flashback. My parents, sister, and I were all talking about it. It was a great and emotional moment,” Jurel reflected.
Jurel’s recent performances in domestic and franchise cricket have been noteworthy. In the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he played a crucial role as a finisher for the Rajasthan Royals, showcasing his ability to perform under pressure. His consistent performances have not gone unnoticed, with selectors recognizing his potential across formats.
In addition to his IPL exploits, Jurel has also made an impact in the T20 and First-Class formats. His impressive statistics in both formats underscore his versatility and adaptability as a cricketer. With a promising career ahead of him, Jurel’s journey from domestic cricket to international recognition serves as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers.
Having represented India in the U19 World Cup and various domestic tournaments, Jurel is no stranger to the pressures of high-stakes cricket. His experiences have shaped him into a mature and skilled player, ready to embrace the challenges of Test cricket at the highest level.
As he prepares for the upcoming Test matches against England, Jurel remains grateful for the opportunity and is determined to make the most of his call-up. His selection not only reflects his individual achievements but also symbolizes the triumph of perseverance and dedication in the pursuit of a dream.