During the course of the Toyota University Cricket Championship, players will be labelled the 'next-big thing' on a regular basis. For Prashant Mawai, a representative of Jiwaji University in Gwalior, the term epitomizes his physicality along with his spirit.
Rather reminiscent of Jacques Kallis, Prashant too is an all-rounder by trade. Well equipped with both bat and ball, Mawai has been playing gully cricket since the age of seven. At the persuasion of his uncle, who he speaks of with utmost reverence, Prashant graduated from dusty streets to the whites of Jiwaji University.
A rather unnerving yet commendable quality in Prashant is his brutal honesty. During his adolescent years, he admits to being rather overweight, which factored his inability to get selected in any team for a few years. Prashant dusted himself down, trained hard and long, and is now the 'lifeline' of his University. In a complete U-turn from his previous ways, Prashant's sole mantra is hard work.