Everyone knows him (Ankit Keshri) for his tragic demise on the cricket field, but the real tragedy can only be seen from the present state of the family and friends that surrounds him.
The young cricketer passed away after he collided with his East Bengal teammate Sourav Mondal in a knockout game of Cricket Association of Bengal game. He played just for 2 Overs before the unfortunate incident.
A promising talent who brought in “aggression” as an off-spinner, described Sourasish Lahiri who plays first class cricket for Bengal and a close mentor to Ankit.
Talking to a Delhi-based newspaper, Lahiri was perturbed by the quietness of Keshri as he hardly spoke in the team meetings. A dejected Lahiri who couldn’t hide the moist in his eyes, says “I told him to bring in some aggression. He offered a smile. I regret it now”
Inspired by Rahul Dravid, Ankit had a certain conviction on his decisions. Once while captaining the Bengal U-19 cricket team he convinced the entire team to bowl first after examining the pitch. When he is away from cricket he used to passionately watch videos his Idol (Dravid) playing and Aamir Khan’s films. Oddly for his generation, he loved listening to Jazz and his iPod playlist was filed with Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse.
“His tastes were different” described his good friend and Ankit’s captain Sandipan Das. Bengal U-23 coach Joydeep Mukherjee describes Ankit as a player who has a ‘spark’ in him and made his presence felt with his usual silence. “We will always miss him. Ankit was so different” told the emotional coach to the newspaper.