‘Bob Mar­ley’ of In­dian cricket

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Saun­ter­ing out on to the field with long, braided hair, the young­ster could eas­ily be mis­taken for a reg­gae mu­si­cian. Only, in­stead of a gui­tar, this ‘rock­star’ wields a wil­low to score.

Meet Techi Do­ria, the ‘Bob Mar­ley’ of In­dian cricket.

Step­ping into the List A crick­et­ing cir­cuit for the first time, the 24­year­old Arunachal Pradesh all­rounder scripted his­tory by be­com­ing the first player from the re­gion to score a cen­tury at this level. He achieved the feat against Sikkim in a Vi­jay Hazare Tro­phy fix­ture. But more than that, his dread­locks — un­usual in In­dia’s main­stream cricket — have be­come the talk­ing point.

“Many peo­ple think that I visit hair ex­perts to get it de­signed, but the truth is, I have had braids ever since child­hood. They are nat­u­ral,” Do­ria tells Sport­star.

A few years ago, when he started play­ing club cricket, his team­mates in Itana­gar be­gan call­ing him ‘Bob Mar­ley’. Do­ria, in fact, didn’t know who Mar­ley was. “Sab bolte the, woh dekho Bob Mar­ley jaa raha hai. But I had no clue who he was. So, one day, I searched on the In­ter­net and came to know about him,” Do­ria says. “But I must ad­mit that af­ter see­ing his braids, my fears were gone,” he adds.

SHAYAN ACHARYA

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