May 28 2020
‘Seize the day’ is Sarvate’s mantra
08 February 2019

Vidarbha allrounder had to overcome tough circumstances to court success

Besides his skilful left-arm spin and stylish batting lower down the order, when you sit down with Aditya Sarvate for a tete-a-tete, twin tattoos on his right hand immediately attract attention.

While the script of Gayatri Mantra, engraved on his forearm, gives him “the energy” to overcome all odds after an unusual upbringing, it’s the two words on his arm “carpe diem” (seize the day) that keep reminding him of making every opportunity count.

The difference

The Vidarbha all-rounder couldn’t have asked for a better occasion to live to the meaning of the Latin phrase than the biggest match of the domestic calendar. Sarvate’s all-round effort turned out to be the difference between Vidarbha’s title defence and Saurashtra’s maiden triumph at the VCA Stadium over the last five days.

No wonder then that his 11-wicket match-haul and a crucial innings of 49 runs in the second innings earned him the ‘Man-of-the-Match’ award in the big final.

More than revelling in the accolades, the 29-year-old was thinking of his parents, who were watching the game on TV from the confines of their home a few kilometres away.

Son of a banker couple, Anand and Anushree, Aditya has endured rarest of rare childhoods. After all, his father, a University cricketer, has been wheechair-bound after suffering a road accident more than 25 years ago. As a result, while his teammates on the local cricket circuit would hang out or rest at home, Aditya would tend to his paralysed father along with his grandparents.

Mother’s sacrifices

“If you don’t face tough circumstances, you tend to get complacent and start taking things for granted. Obviously, it was tough but more than me, my mother has made a lot of sacrifices,” he told The Hindu after doing a victory lap with his teammates.

“When I was three or three and half years old, my father suffered from an accident (and he has been paralysed ever since). Since then, she looked after me, took care of the father and not even once did she discourage me from playing cricket. All that she told me was to pursue whatever I liked doing.”

In a country where kids are groomed from a tender age, Sarvate is a relative late-starter and a late-bloomer. In fact, he admits he started playing seriously “only after being selected for Vidarbha u-19 for the first time”.

A batsman who could bowl a bit, Sarvate started taking left-arm spin more seriously when he made his Ranji Trophy debut with Paras Mhambrey as coach.

And the move worked wonders. In no time, he has played a lion’s share in both of Vidarbha’s triumphant seasons. The last week was a dream ride, as he twice dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara, who along with Rahul Dravid, is his favourite cricketer for their “grit and technique”.

No point in asking Sarvate what next? After all, he believes in seizing the moment and living in the present.



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