Emotional homecoming for Saurashtra’s Sheldon
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When in school Sheldon always told his friends that he had two fathers and two mothers. Many thought it a joke, and laughed at him, but the 26-year-old wasn't lying. After his decent performances with the Saurashtra junior team, Sheldon soon got the nod for the Ranji side but what followed next was an anxious wait, that tested the batsman to the core.
Sheldon had taken four years to debut for Saurashtra and his father reveals that he even went on to request Railways to give him a break. "They told me that I'm late but now I think it was better that he didn't go on to play for another team. Looking at his batting I'm sure he will play for the Indian team some day," Bell said.
It was this season that Sheldon amassed 742 runs with three centuries and four half-centuries which saw him cementing his place in the side. Saturday will be a big day for the Bell family with Sheldon playing his first big Ranji Trophy final against a star-studded Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium.
Sheldon has prohibited Bell from coming for the final because that can lead to nerves all-round and raise his dad's anxiety levels. The veteran shipping manager won't mind. After all his son's ship has set sail and looks headed in the right direction.