Sushmita Dey catches up with Assam cricketer Arpan Dutta who achieved the rare feat of scalping all 10 wickets in one innings. Read on…
Since the age of five, all he wanted to do was play cricket. He bunked classes, missed exams for his matches. A ‘big, big fan’ of Ravindra Jadeja, the 25-year-old left-arm orthodox bowler only dreamt of wearing the blue jersey and play for Team India.
Arpan Dutta entered an elite club of bowlers by achieving the rare feat of scalping all 10 wickets in one innings in the Nuruddin Ahmed Trophy Senior Inter-District Cricket Tournament. In the inter-district tournament, organized by Assam Cricket Association on June 13th, 2019, Arpan from Sivasagar registered figures of 19-4-48-10 against Charaideo at the Sonari Public Playground.
Arpan also became the first bowler to pick 10 wickets in an innings in the history of Nuruddin Ahmed Trophy. He was also awarded ‘Man of the Match’ for his stunning performance.
“I almost burst into tears…I was so happy. Taking 10 wickets in one innings was the best feeling ever,” said Arpan, adding, “I need to work harder to achieve my target. In next five years, I see myself playing for Team India.”
Born to retired ONGC employee Suren Dutta and retired school teacher Minu, Arpan is the younger of two siblings. Hailing from Amolapatty area of Sivasagar town, he has represented Assam in various age-group tournaments and was also part of the trials for the Assam Ranji Trophy side last season. Arpan was also a part of an exposure tour in Malaysia.
Like millions of budding cricketers, it was legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar which got him “into cricket”. “I am a big, big fan of Ravindra Jadeja but Sachin Tendulkar is an inspiration for millions of budding cricketers across the globe. I used to watch him play on television. He is the reason I am cricketer today. The 22 yards is my temple,” he said.
Arpan, who started playing from 2003, completed his schooling from the Godhula Brown Memorial English High School. He appeared Higher Secondary examination in the Arts stream from Sivasagar Junior College. He completed his graduation from the Bir Lachit Borphukan College. “I couldn’t appear for my final examination first while I was in Class 8 and the next time in Class 12 for my matches. I don’t regret about it since I had already chose cricket over my studies,” he added.
Arpan credited his parents and elder brother Prayash Dutta for boosting his morale throw thick and thin. “There were instances when I hoped but was not selected. I believed it was due to my lack of practice and worked harder. My parents and brother keep me grounded, help me stay positive. They have been extremely supportive right from the beginning. To be honest, it’s hard to get such a supportive family in a small town like Sivasagar who supports you for taking up cricket as a career,” Arpan said.
When asked about his favourite team in the mother of all clashes ICC World Cup 2019 tournament, Arpan says with a smile, “I will root for Team India and England.”