IPL 2017: Rahul Tripathi’s journey from minefields to cricket grounds
Rahul Tripathi has taken IPL 10 by storm with his intrepid power-hitting, with more runs than any other batsmen in the powerplays.
“Achha beta, aaj se tera cricket phir se shuru.” It’s September 20, 2003 and Colonel Ajay Tripathi and his family have just finished lunch having moved to Pune from Srinagar earlier in the day. Tripathi had spent the last three-and-a-half years laying and clearing mines at the Indo-Pak border in Kashmir as part of Operation Parakram. When India mobilized forces on the frontline in the aftermath of the 2001 Parliament attack, and later scaled back, the colonel who undertook the dangerous job of removing mines, recalls coming within 24 hours of going to war.