Mr.C.V.Anand was fanatical to play cricket for India and dedicated most of the time to fulfill his dream. But he resigned from competitive cricket to play a different Challenging game. Only the bat exchanged hands with the baton as he joined services to become a police officer.
C.V.Anand was born to a middle class family in Hyderabad.He finished his schooling in Vidyaranya High School, Saifabad.He started playing cricket while pursuing his Intermediate and represented many inter-college tournaments proving his prowess as an all- rounder. During his graduation in commerce at Nizam college he was completely in the competitive cricket playing inter-university tournaments and represented CK nayudu trophy.He was part of the Under-19 Indian cricket team that toured England.
He won many prizes in Athletics through out his student career and was part of the team that won the National Inter-College Basketball championship. He was intelligent and had big dreams.He was a combative cricketer who knew his role in the team and performed many times beyond what was expected of him. He might have shaped his character through the games he played. Keeping busy himself in various activities made him to handle multi tasks at the very young age.
Later his cricketing career failed to take off the way he desired it to. Mr.Anand left the competitive cricket due to many reasons. Being belong to a middle class family, it was quite difficult to take cricket as a career that looms with uncertainity, he says. "CV was dropped due to biased selection processes and it irked me no end. I told the Director of Physical education Ranga Rao who was as much the culprit as Selectors, that such a bad selection was not acceptable to me and I would not play. I felt really bad for CV and now losing his place due to bad selection was not simply acceptable." says one of his team mates. Mr.C.V.Anand gave up competitive cricket and joined the Osmania University to do his MA in Economics.
A New Turn
Anand chose a different ground to play after implementing a valuable advise which was emerged from true love ....... who has become his wife now advised him to take up IPS.Then he sat for civils and qualified to Indian Police Service at the very young age of 22 in his very first attempt. Mr.Anand took up public Administraion and Anthropology subjects as optionals for the Civil Services Examination.
As an IPS officer he excelled himself in all the aspects of Policing.He never failed or shied away from executing duties.Mr.Anand was well known for his exploits as courageous cop in various naxal zone areas where he turned the tide with his men in several daring raids on extremists. He brought many innovative reforms in the department and most of his projects are first of the kind in India. He had an impressive track record in cracking various sensational cases.Anand keeps inspiring his men at work.He had received the President's Gallantry award and the Indian Police Medal for his outstanding contribution to Police Services. "A new challenge awaits for me everyday in this job and I love to face it" he said. Now he is working as Commissioner of Police Cyberabad.(A separate post can be seen within this blog which explorers career Highlights of C.V.ANAND).
In spite of being burdened with his heavy duty as Senior Police Officer, his cricketing spirit was not vanished. He is very active in playing tennis and cricket. He is still playing the police zones meet and veteran teams. He also won the All India Singles and doubles team championship in 2004 at vizag.
He feels nearly guilty for not having enough time with his family. However, on hindsight, Anand is happy that he has done what best could have been done professionally. Both in cricket and administration he proved himself as the lead scorer.
'Cricket has taught me to take the win with the loss equally. I would never have known how to motivate a team of men in highly adverse conditions,batting against extremists in those days, if not for my cricketing days. I can see the difference between officers who have played - for example, I always lead my men in the field be it on extremists raids or regulating traffic in pouring rain. If you do not do that you cannot command the same respect from your people. It teaches you leadership, team work and people management and so much more.May it be cricket or administration, the sporting spirit within me always inspires me to lead from the front." he said.
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