ICC ODI World Cup: Food delivery boy to bowl in nets for Netherlands


CHENNAI: On Monday, Lokesh Kumar Swiggy was going about his business as a food delivery executive in Chennai. About 48 hours later, the 29-year-old found himself part of the Netherlands’ support staff as a net bowler, trying to help youngsters prepare against spin at their pre-World Cup camp in Alvar. does.
Lokesh, who has been working in the food delivery industry since 2018, was selected by the Dutch side on Tuesday as one of the four net bowlers who advertised for the role on social media.
Left-arm fast bowler-turned-Chinaman Lokesh was selected after the Netherlands management screened around 10,000 bowlers from India, who submitted their entries by uploading videos on the mobile application.

“This is one of the most precious moments of my career. I am yet to play in the TNCA third division league. I played in the fifth division for four years and I have joined fourth division outfit Indian Oil (RO) for the current season. ) has registered for the S&RC. After being picked by the Netherlands as a net bowler, I feel my potential has finally been recognised,” Lokesh, who joined the Dutch camp on Wednesday, told TOI. .
“The members of the Netherlands team welcomed me with open arms. Before the start of the session there was an induction ceremony for the net bowlers. The players told us: ‘Feel free, this is your team’. I feel it already. That I am part of the Dutch family,” added Lokesh.
Lokesh said he was confident he would make the kit for the camp.
“After seeing the ad, I was eager to try it. I felt I would have an edge over others as there are not many Chinaman bowlers in the country. The Netherlands was looking for a mystery spinner. So, I gave it to him. Decided to give it a try.” Lokesh said working as a food delivery executive was indirectly helping him grow as a cricketer.

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“After my college days, I was completely focused on cricket. I spent four years on cricket. In 2018, I decided to take up a job. I have been with Swiggy for the past four years. I only earn money by delivering food. earn. I don’t have any other source of income. Working hours are flexible and I can take leave whenever I want. We usually have TNCA league matches only on weekends, so I work on weekdays. I work,” said Lokesh.



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