From living in Bengaluru PG to performing against Pakistan in T20 WC, the life of Nosthush Kenjige

Nosthush Kenjige

Nosthush Kenjige, a name that resounded in the world of cricket, has a story that is as inspiring as it is intriguing. Born in the United States but raised in Bengaluru, India, Kenjige’s journey from a paying guest (PG) accommodation in Bengaluru to becoming a star performer for the USA cricket team against Pakistan reflects his passion, perseverance, and talent.

Nosthush Kenjige’s inspiring journey

In 2013, a 22-year-old Kenjige was living in a PG room in Bengaluru, training rigorously at the Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC) with dreams of becoming a professional cricketer. Despite his hard work and dedication, he struggled to break into Karnataka’s cricket scene. Disillusioned, Kenjige, a US citizen by birth, decided to return to his mother nation armed with a biotechnology degree from Dayanand Sagar College of Engineering.

In New York, Kenjige initially explored a career in medical equipment inspection. However, his passion for cricket was reignited when he joined the Columbia Cricket Club. His talent and hard work did not go unnoticed. He quickly rose through the ranks, earning a central contract with the USA national team and signing up for Major League Cricket.

Kenjige’s big break came in 2019 when he stepped onto the field against the UAE. Since then, he has played 40 ODIs and seven T20Is, including the match against Pakistan in New York. In this match, Kenjige grabbed the wickets of Usman Khan, Azam Khan, and Shadab Khan, breaking Pakistan’s charge in the middle overs.

His performance in the Major League Cricket was impressive, taking six wickets from as many matches at an outstanding economy rate of 5.76. His wickets included top batters like Martin Guptill. This experience boosted his confidence and prepared him for bigger players and occasions.

A turning point in Kenjige’s career was when former West Indian player Dwayne Bravo noticed him at the US Open T20 tournament. This recognition changed the course of Kenjige’s career, leading him to become one of the stars in the USA’s stunning win over Pakistan in the ongoing T20 World Cup.

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