Guwahati: Assam’s ‘loss’ could probably be called as Goa’s ‘gain’. Krishna Das, a rising star of the domestic cricketing circuit in India, has ended his 12-year-long association with the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) after he apparently failed to find any takers in his home turf in the recent past.
Twenty-seven-year-old Das, a native of Barpeta district in Assam, has now started a new innings with the Goa Cricket Association as a ‘professional cricketer’. Simply put, he will now represent Goa in all the three formats of cricket — ODI, T20 and Ranji Trophy.
In fact, Das made his debut for Goa on Wednesday morning when he played his first match for the state against Maharashtra in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Talking to EastMojo, ahead of his new innings for Goa, Krishna has requested all his fans and especially the people of Assam to pray for his success. Irrespective of all odds, Das says he wants to play for the country in the days to come.
“I am planning to play for Goa against Maharashtra on a very pleasant note,” he says.
In his first-class cricketing career so far, Das has taken 140 wickets from 41 matches. He made debut for Assam in the 2006 season with the limited-over cricket against Tripura.
Das has also played for India U-19, India Blue and India A in various tournaments and Rest of India in Irani Trophy in the past.
During the Ranji season 2015-16, the lanky Assam paceman secured 50 wickets from 10 Ranji Trophy matches at an average of 16.10. Das had emerged as the second highest wicket taker during that season. Having played a major part in scripting history by guiding the Assam team to its first ever Ranji Trophy semifinal, the pacer failed to get a chance to play for the state again in the next season.
Das was forced to drop from the Assam squad after his employer, Indian Railways, moved the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) claiming that the pacer was playing for Assam without obtaining no-objection certificates. The pacer had to spend the entire season out of ground. This undoubtedly affected the morale of the cricketer.
However, Das doesn’t want to waste time over the developments in the recent past. “It feels bad when you have to spend almost the whole season out of the ground. Leaving one’s own state always worries an emotional person like me. I am an Assamese first. So, I will always be available for my state when authorities concerned ask for my service. But as of now, I will work hard to play for Goa,” he adds.
It was the higher-ups of the Goa Cricket Association who contacted Das a few months ago to play for the state. “It was Sanath sir (coach), whom I consider my God, who came up with the proposal and then I told him ‘yes’,” Das said.
Apart from coaching teams like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, etc, Sanath Kumar has been one of the coaches who helped some of the lower-rung teams of the country to push their limits in first-class cricket tournaments.
When asked about professionalism in Goa cricket, Das says he is very happy with the situation there. “Everyone in Goan cricket is professional. I am enjoying my stint here. Team members are also supportive,” he said, adding: “The most important thing here is that I have got full support from the team management and the coach.”