Happy to play cricket here or on streets of India
NINE months ago, Nisarg Patel was playing street cricket with friends in India.
A long way from where he grew up, he is now a regular on the pitch in Gladstone, playing with the under-10 Yaralla team.
While being a batsman usually, Nisarg, 10, was on fire with the ball in hand in the last match of the season on Wednesday night.
Nisarg for the first time in his career was on a hat-trick.
"After the first wicket, I thought today was a chance for me," he said. "I tried to bowl the third ball at the stumps, not aiming for the catch."
It was not long ago Nisarg's ability at bowling was not as good as now.
After bowling a lot of wides, which lead to free hits, before the Christmas break, he worked over summer to be better for his team when they came back together.
"I was practising with a pillar each week, bowling at it," he said.
But eventually, Nisarg wants to become like his hero MS Dhoni, a wicketkeeper who bats with superb precision.
He is just happy to be playing cricket, whether on the street in India, or the ovals of Gladstone.
"I enjoyed the batting the most," he said. "I am very proud of myself."