Surat-born cricketer Karan Viradiya deservedly earns his place in the USA squad
Becoming an Indian cricketer is not easy because one has to work extremely hard beyond the bounds of possibility to draw the attention of the selection committee. If one is selected, the chances of him warming the bench are very high because there are already world-class players in the playing XI.
It is indeed tough for the cricketers to break into the playing XI. How often have we seen talented cricketers being on the sidelines and not given a chance to represent the team? However, there are some talented cricketers who have taken the other route to make a mark in international cricket.
Case in point, Karan Viradiya is not a familiar name in the cricket fraternity but he might as well be in the headlines soon as he is all set to make a debut for the USA national cricket team. The 26-year-old cricketer was born in Surat, Gujarat.
Karan Viradiya set to make a debut for the USA team
If reports doing the rounds are to be believed, then he is all set to make an international debut for the American cricket team. It should be noted that he had once earned a spot in the Indian U-19 squad. Despite all that, he was found guilty of age fraud back in the year 2013. This didn't go well for him and since then, his career was heading towards a downward curve.
After the incident, the Surat-born cricketer switched to the USA to play further cricket. In late January this year, ESPNCricinfo reported that the USA added Viradiya for the first time in their extended squad for training.
Earlier, the batsman plied his trade for Gujarat U-23s till 2017. After that, he moved to California. As a cricketer, he has indeed been successful in the USA. It is worth mentioning here that he chipped in with the second-highest score in the Southern California Cricket Association Division One competition back in 2019.
The selection committee was indeed pleased with what they had seen from Karan's style of play. Since then, they made up their mind to give him a spot in their squad. He delved into hard times earlier. Karan's career could be revived if he continues to work hard. It remains to be seen whether he gets a chance to play for the USA team or not.