Ravu follows in the path of his father, uncle


ALL-ROUNDER Damien Ravu says he is grateful to his dad and uncle for introducing him to cricket.
“Cricket is in our blood,” the Kumul Petroleum Papua New Guinea Barramundi said.
“My dad and uncles used to play, so that’s how I grew up loving the game.”
Joining Lae’s club cricket at the age of 10, Ravu said he followed the family tradition and cricket had now become a part of him.
“Cricket has changed my life,” the 27-year-old said.
After leaving school, the Keapara and Hanuabada native said he had lacked discipline, but cricket gave him something on which to focus.
“It has taught me discipline,” Ravu said.
One of his biggest role models is Australian pace legend Brett Lee.
Ravu said he was looking forward to the first match of the Oct 17-Nov 14 Twenty-20 World Cup.
“Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been training for two years so we can’t wait,” he said.
“It’s going to be a big challenge for us because we’re playing on their home ground with the majority of their people watching, so the only way we can play well is to control our emotions.”
Ravu, who has so far played professional cricket for four years, is sticking to his typical diet in preparation for the sport’s global showpiece event, saying soft drinks were still out of bounds.
But one thing that will always be on his list is fishing.