‘Bob Marley’ of Indian cricket
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.