Prakash Bhagat, a former Ranji Trophy cricketer from Assam, who also shared the National Cricket Academy (NCA) with legendary Sachin Tendulkar, is now selling ‘dal puri’ in a roadside stall in Silchar to feed his family.
Bhagat was part of Assam’s Ranji squad during 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Prakash Bhagat had undergone training at the NCA in 2003.
During his training period at the NCA, Bhagat had met Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag.
Prakash Bhagat was a slow left arm orthodox bowler and a right-handed batsman.
34-year-old Prakash Bhagat had to quit cricket in 2011, after his father died that year after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Bhagat has said that if the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) extends assistance to him financially, he could still resume his cricketing career.
Bhagat, who was working in a mobile phone company had lost his job due to COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis induced by it.