Enjoy while it lasts, recommends Yogesh Takawale

North Mumbai Panthers’ Yogesh Takawale likes to focus on the present.

After making his first-class debut for Maharashtra in 2005-06, Yogesh Takawale had made a fine fifty against Australia in a warm-up game the next year. An aggressive wicket-keeper batsman, Takawale has played 29 first-class matches and has scored 1823 at an impressive average of 41.43 which includes four centuries. Interestingly, he is one of the few Indian cricketers to have toured Israel in 2008 as a celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary. A cricket romantic himself, Takawale who played for North Mumbai Panthers spoke to T20 Mumbai.com about his journey so far.

When did you realise that cricket was your calling?

I started playing cricket at the age of 8. After having made it to age group cricket, I started playing as a professional. I have represented Maharashtra for fourteen years.

What difficulties have you faced on the domestic circuit so far?

As a professional cricketer when you choose to play for a different state other than your own, then it is very difficult. You need to make some adjustments to go further.

What are your thoughts about the T20 Mumbai League?

It is a huge opportunity for us and the youngsters because this is the best exposure they can have. Also, in Mumbai, there are a lot of club cricketers who never had a platform like this before. Now, they can really make it big in this tournament. They will play high-quality cricket in this tournament and will rub shoulders against the icon players who have played at the highest level.

What are your major achievements in cricket?

To play first-class cricket was special. I have had the privilege to represent India A, and also played the Challenger Trophy. Playing in tournaments like Indian Premier league and Maharashtra Premier League helped me establish my identity.

Who are your role-models in the game?

When I started playing cricket, I idolized Adam Gilchrist because as a wicket-keeper he was one of the best in the business and was a destructive match-winner.

Where do you see yourself as a cricketer in the next five years?

Honestly, I haven’t planned that further ahead, but I want to do my best at the moment and enjoy this phase in my career.

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