Only thing Indian about me is I like cricket : Honk Kong’s Indian origin captain
NP NEWS NETWORK
Anshuman Rath is going to lead the Hong Kong’s international cricket team in Asia Cup. Anshuman Rath as the name suggests is an Indian origin NRI. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Hong Kong on 8 November 2014 against Papua New Guinea in Australia.
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Hong Kong skipper Anshuman is an Indian and hails from Odisha. He has his Indian roots in Odisha. He gets trolled by his teammates as he had a good chat with Rohit Sharma ahead of the game against India.
Anshuman loves the game of cricket and also believes he has chances of playing the IPL. He talks about how he follows Ranji matches and also how much he likes to visit Odisha.
In August 2018, he was named the vice-captain of Hong Kong’s squad for the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier tournament. However, prior to the tournament, he replaced Babar Hayat as captain, after Hayat stepped down from the role. Hong Kong won the qualifier tournament and was then named as captain of Hong Kong’s squad for the 2018 Asia Cup.
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On Tuesday India will be playing the first match of 2018 which will be against Hong Kong. Rohit Sharma who is captaining Indian team for the first time for an entire tournament will be facing another Indian captain Anshuman Rath.
Before the match, in an interview, he said, “ Its an honor for me to play at this level against India which is my native country, but at the end of the day we are playing against them.”
When asked about, how difficult it is to unite the Hong Kong cricket team as many teammates are from different different centuries, he said “ We play for Hong Kong and we represent this nation of which we are really proud of. We are definitely excited to play against our home countries. But we are wearing Hong Kong’s jersey and are proud of it.”
“Sometimes a thought comes in our mind whether we would have continued to play for our native if we would have been on the other side. But then that is the past. We do sometimes joke about it but we don’t really think about it now.”