‘I couldn’t take my eyes off Rohit Sharma’ – Kumar Karthikeya Singh lives the IPL dream


When Kumar Kartikeya Singh left residence in Uttar Pradesh 9 years in the past, he had determined to return solely after attaining one thing. On April 30, Kartikeya lived a dream many Indian children aspire: to play within the IPL. Having initially joined the franchise as a web bowler, Kartikeya graduated into the principle squad and helped Mumbai to victory on debut, in opposition to Rajasthan Royals, with 1 for 19 in his 4 overs.

Kartikeya remains to be pinching himself on the tempo at which his life has turned a nook in a matter of months. However he’ll always remember that day when he joined the Mumbai camp as a web bowler a couple of years in the past and stood subsequent to legends of Indian and world cricket. “Once I reached, I could not take my eyes off Rohit Sharma, whom I had solely watched on TV until then. I noticed him and Sachin [Tendulkar] face-to-face,” Kartikeya instructed Mumbai’s social channel.

The day of reckoning arrived in opposition to Royals, however Rohit was round to calm the nerves of the 24-year-old, who’s initially from Uttar Pradesh though he performs for Madhya Pradesh in home cricket.

“When Rohit bhaiya handed me the ball, he instructed me to deal with my bowling and bowl freely with out a fear and that he would maintain every part,” Kartikeya stated. “He then praised me after my spell and the coaches lauded me for not being nervous and being courageous.”

Kartikeya took the prized scalp of Royals’ captain Sanju Samson, serving to restrict them to 158 for six.

That match holds loads of significance for Kartikeya, who has led an itinerant life since leaving the KVS cricket membership in his native Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh for Delhi, the place he was below Sanjay Bharadwaj’s tutelage for six years, after which to Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh, the place he started taking larger strides. He bought by means of the trials there, one thing he was unable to in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, and made it to the Beneath-23 squad of Madhya Pradesh in addition to the Ranji Trophy trials the next 12 months.

After doing properly in his first 12 months {of professional} cricket, Kartikeya referred to as up his father, who’s in Uttar Pradesh police, for the primary time in six years. “I referred to as my father for the primary time in these six years. Although he was blissful, he did not present it and instructed me that you just nonetheless have so much to realize and hung up.”

Even Bharadwaj instructed Kartikeya: “this was not the dream we noticed. You need to play at the next degree.”

Lower to the day earlier than his IPL debut, which Kartikeya relayed to his father. “Once I instructed my father that I used to be going to play, he instructed his battalion and so they had a screening on a projector, watching with everybody. Once I picked up my first wicket, all of them stood up and applauded. Once I noticed that video, I noticed my father smile and luxuriate in identical to he used to earlier than I began.”

Kartikeya has featured in each match for Mumbai up to now since his debut and in opposition to Kolkata Knight Riders, he bought the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer. On Thursday in opposition to Chennai Tremendous Kings, he took two extra wickets – that of Dwayne Bravo and Simarjeet Singh.

Whereas his and Mumbai’s IPL journey will finish subsequent week, Kartikeya remains to be in no hurry but to satisfy his mother and father. He desires to make yet one more cease earlier than he heads residence. He desires to hitch the Madya Pradesh squad for the Ranji Trophy knockouts, which shall be performed in June. With 12 wickets, Kartikeya is MP’s joint-highest wicket-taker in that event and he doesn’t wish to get distracted by the comforts of being residence, which stays his ultimate vacation spot.

“Once I left residence, I had considered returning solely after attaining one thing,” Kartikeya stated. “After the IPL, I’ll go to MP to play Ranji Trophy knockouts and go residence solely after that. I shall be going residence after 9 years and am excited to see my mother and father’ response.”

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