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“Spent 2-3 days in a towel in my hotel room”, Rovman Powell recalls the happenings after landing in India

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Rovman Powell | BCCI/IPLRovman Powell was picked by the Delhi Capitals (DC) for INR 2.8 crores at the mega-auction earlier this year. Shimron Hetmeyer was released by the franchise ahead of the IPL 2022 mega-auction, but they found a like-for-like replacement in Powell. 

The right-hander has been doing a stellar job for his franchise at the middle order, scoring vital runs at a fast rate in the ongoing IPL. He recently said that the Delhi camp ‘feels like home’ but his journey with the side did not start on an ideal note. 

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He said on the franchise podcast that after arriving in Mumbai, he had to spend roughly 2-3 days ‘under a towel.’

“When I landed in Mumbai, I was told that the airline doesn’t have any of my bags. The only thing I had with me was my hand baggage when I left the airport. I didn’t have any extra clothes with me so I spent 2-3 days in a towel in my hotel room,” Powell said.

“Coming all the way from the Caribbean, it was very important for me to come here and feel at home. And the Delhi Capitals have accepted me as a part of their family and I feel at home here. Being comfortable in an environment can help you put up your best performances. And I realized that everyone in the team is behind you whether you have a good day or not and that is very important,” he added.

When asked about team captain Rishabh Pant, the hard-hitting batter revealed that when he was selected by the Capitals, Pant told him that he would be given a role that he would enjoy, and he kept his word.

“Rishabh Pant is someone we look up to in the Caribbean because he’s a good player. Whenever we play against him (in international cricket), we have meetings about how to curtail his cricketing prowess and how to keep him quiet. And after I was acquired by Delhi Capitals, Rishabh told me that he is excited to have me as a part of the team and will give me a role that I would like. And he has stuck to his word.”

The West Indies batter also revealed that he is playing cricket to get his family out of poverty and that if cricket had not worked out, he would have become a soldier.

“I come from a small village (in Jamaica) where farming is the primary income earner for the majority of the families. But from my childhood days, I had a dream that I will take my family out of poverty through cricket and education. Cricket has been going well, thanks to the grace of God. Before I became a professional cricketer, I was going to become a soldier. If cricket didn’t work out then I would have been a soldier.”

The Pant-led side stands at the 5th spot on the points table with 5 wins in 11 matches and will next take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday (May 11).

(HT INPUTS)





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