Rovman Powell’s Struggle: West Indies player Rovman Powell is part of the Delhi Capitals squad in IPL 2022. In the initial matches of this season of IPL, his bat was silent but now he is scoring a lot of runs. In the match against Rajasthan Royals, when Delhi needed 36 runs to win off the last 6 balls, this player had brought the thrill of the match to the peak by hitting three sixes in the first three balls. In the match held on Thursday night in the IPL, Rovman played a brilliant innings of 67 runs in 35 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Thanks to his innings, Delhi managed to register a victory by 21 runs. But do you know what kind of struggle this Windies player had to go through to reach this stage of cricket? If you do not know then read this article.. (Note: Inputs are taken from Caribbean Premier League documentary.)
Rovman Powell’s mother Joan Plummer was a single mother. In fact, when she became pregnant, her partner advised her to have an abortion. When Plummer decided not to have an abortion, the partner broke up with them, and thus Rowman’s parents separated. The entire responsibility of raising Rowman was now on his mother. John Plummer was very poor. As such, his livelihood was jugaad.
Rovman Powell is seen saying in a documentary, ‘I have no words to define my mother. I grew up watching him wash people’s clothes. She used to do this only to make arrangements for our food and going to school. Powell says, ‘Our family lived in a house with a dilapidated tin roof. There were two rooms, in one of which food was cooked and in the other we all lived. When it rained at night, water would start dripping all over the room. We used to keep the mattress in a place where water would not seep. Water was filled around the mattress. It also comes to the fore in the documentary that Powell also used to go goat grazing. This used to get them some money.
Rovman’s mother Joan Plummer says, ‘He (Rovman) always put himself in the category of elders. Like the head of the family. While narrating an old anecdote, she says, ‘One day he reached home from school with a bat in one hand. I told her that today there is only a little food for her and her sister. Then he says that Mami don’t worry. I will bring you out of this poverty through cricket. John Plummer says that this moment was one of the beautiful moments of his life. She says, ‘Ever since he told me this, I have never doubted his talent. I gave him my full support.
Nicholas Dhillon, one of Rovman’s teachers, says, ‘Once upon a time, in the sixth grade, I assigned Rovman to do some activities for his father. Rowman cried, ‘Sir, I don’t know my father so I can’t do it’ I told him not to make it an obstacle in his way. I promised him that I will not let the father’s absence be felt in his life.
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