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IPL 2022: ‘Haven’t Been Home For 9 Years. Had Decided To Return Only When I Achieve Something’: MI Youngster Shares Touching Story

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen a lot of less popular players becoming showbiz royalty since it’s inception in 2008. The rewarding T20 league has uncovered many stars since its beginning to approve itself as the most loved spot of each growing cricketer. The competition has additionally seen the blossoming of five-time champions Mumbai Indians, who stay the best IPL group regardless of going through a hot stage this year.

Mumbai Indians have brought home five championships alongside exploring a few wonderful gifts like Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. The establishment has additionally given a cap to several astonishing new players in the ongoing season.

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Kumar Kartikeya Shines On IPL Debut

Kumar Kartikeya IPL Debut ( Image Credits: IPL)
Kumar Kartikeya IPL Debut ( Image Credits: IPL)

The Rohit Sharma-drove IPL group on Saturday allowed an opportunity to Kumar Kartikeya in their game against Rajasthan Royals. The 24-year-old Madhya Pradesh player got the valued wicket of RR skipper Sanju Samson in his first IPL game.

Samson was looking hazardous, hitting Hrithik Shokeen for two sixes over long-off and long-on before debutant Kartikeya excused the player in his first over. Kartikeya, who hails from Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, returned 1/19 in his four overs to slow down Rajasthan players.

Now Finally I Will Return Home After IPL: Kumar Kartikeya

Kartikeya, who marked himself as a “mystery” bowler during the innings break, had humble beginnings as a cricketer. He hasn’t visited his home for a considerable length of time in his meandering to progress.

Kumar Kartikeya IPL Debut ( Image Credits: IPL)
Kumar Kartikeya ( Image Credits: IPL)

“I haven’t been home for 9 years. I’d decided to return home only when I achieve something in life. My mom and dad called me frequently, but I was committed. Now finally I’ll return home after the IPL,” Kartikeya told Dainik Jagran.

“My coach Sanjay sir had suggested my name for Madhya Pradesh. In the first year, my name came up in the Under-23 team as a standby player, and I felt a huge sense of relief to see my name on the list,” he further added.

Against Rajasthan, Kartikeya bowled nine dot deliveries conceded just a single boundary in his debut IPL outing. “I am a mystery bowler. I feel good. When I found out I was playing I was a little nervous. But I planned overnight for every batter. I was trying to bowl it on the pads to Samson. I got a lot of confidence when Sachin sir advised me. I would want my team to win. The ball is spinning a little. The wicket is good though to bat on,” he told host broadcaster during the innings break.

Rohit Sharma Impressed By Young Spin Duo

As Mumbai proceeded to enlist their first win of the season, Rohit Sharma showered acclaim on the young bowling duo of Shokeen and Kartikeya who scalped two and one wickets respectively.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: IPL)

“Both of these guys, they are courageous, they want to do something special. It gives me the confidence to bowl them at any given stage. We played very well, bowlers came together, batters did the job as well,” said Rohit in the post-match presentation.

Mumbai Indians will face Gujarat Titans in their next game of IPL 2022 on 6th May 2022.

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