Mumbai: IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Ltd a private life insurer, continues to support its former employee and Kenyan international cricketer – Pushkar Sharma. The all-rounder is part of the Kenya squad, currently featuring in the Africa Regional Qualifier for the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup, in Namibia. The organisation's backing will enable Pushkar to pursue his quest of playing the sport at the highest level.
IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Ltd chief risk officer Sunder Natarajan said, "We are proud of our ongoing association with Pushkar Sharma, as we continue supporting him in his cricket journey. His dedication, talent, and the values he personifies resonate with our commitment to nurturing excellence. As Pushkar embarks on the ICC T20 World Cup qualification journey with Kenya, we stand by him, confident that he will make significant contributions both on and off the field. Pushkar's success reflects the shared belief and dedication between IndiaFirst Life and him."
Pushkar Sharma said, "I am grateful to IndiaFirst Life for their pivotal role in my cricket journey. Their sponsorship and mentorship propelled me to where I am today. IndiaFirst Life’s support, a guiding light in tough times, reflects the values of an organisation dedicated to nurturing talent. I am committed to making them proud, in every sphere of the game. Qualifying for the ICC T20 World Cup with Kenya will be a testament to the collective belief invested in me by IndiaFirst Life."
A former Mumbai U16s captain, Pushkar made his international debut in 2022 after he moved to Kenya for better playing opportunities. His performances in the Kenyan domestic circuit have been a force to reckon with this season. The left-hand batter’s selection for the World Cup qualifiers was aided by his dominating performance in the 2023 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) super division 50 overs league. He finished as the league's second-best batter with 730 runs in just 14 innings.
Kenya faces Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and hosts Namibia in the continental tournament, which runs until 30 November. Only two sides from the seven-team qualifiers qualify for the world event slated to take place in the West Indies and the USA between 4 and 30 June 2024.