New IPL millionaire Vivrant Sharma credits elder brother for success | Cricket News


KOLKATA: Brothers sacrificing their careers for their younger siblings are not new to indian locust.
Friday, the last IPL millionaire Living Sharma credited his brother Vikrant for the biggest achievement of his career – a paycheck of Rs 2.6 crore for donning the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) shirt in the 2023 edition of the league.
Two years after he started following in his elder brother’s footsteps, Jammu and Kashmir’s left-handed batsman Alive lost his father Sushant to kidney failure.
The Sharmas suddenly found themselves with no one to look after the chemical industry. And Vikrant, 26, a college-level bowler hoping to make it to Ranji’s side, found himself abandoning his cricketing plans to take care of the family business.
But Vikrant promised Vivant all possible help to pursue his cricketing ambitions.
Such was Vikrant’s influence that the initially right-handed Vivrant changed his stance and technique and became a “leftist”.
“My cricket would have stopped, but Vikrant made sure it kept going non-stop as he took over the family business and started living his dreams through me,” an emotional Vivrant told PTI moments after being bought by SRH after a bidding war. with Kolkata Knight Riders.
“It’s all because of my brother’s sacrifice. I wouldn’t have been here otherwise. I was not good at studies, but Vikrant made sure that I continued to focus on cricket and continued to progress,” said Vivant.
“I miss my dad a lot. I’m sure he would be happy for me. I just talked to my mom and my brother in Trikuta Nagar (in Jammu) and they got emotional. Hope I can fully enjoy of the opportunity,” Vivant said.
The 23-year-old also thanked his Jammu and Kashmir teammates Umran Malik and Abdul Samad who supported him throughout.
An all-rounder, Vivant was a net bowler for SRH last year and also took part in trials at KKR, but failed to impress either team last season.
After entering the bidding pool at the base price of Rs 20 lakh, Vivrant was nervous in his hotel room in Ahmedabad on Friday, a day after Jammu and Kashmir were beaten by Gujarat in three days. at the Ranji Trophy.
But as the bidding war between SRH and KKR escalated, there was soon jubilation in his room.
“I did not expect such an amount. I expected someone to choose me because I had a very good season of white balls,” said Vivrant, who made headlines for the trophy. Vijay Hazare with his 124 balls 154 against Uttarakhand.
The blow had propelled Jammu and Kashmir to their first ever knockout spot in the tournament’s history.
He also scored a 62-ball 69 as J&K chased 343 against defending champions Ranji Madhya Pradesh as he finished as the team’s second top scorer in the 50-over tournament, averaging 395 runs. of 56.42.
He scored two half-centuries in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, totaling 128 carries at a strike rate of 145.45. The leg spinner was also the team’s best wicket-taker with six wickets at a saving of 4.80.
A die-hard fan of Yuvraj Singh, Vivant said: “I have been following him since childhood; he has an aura around him. I was lucky enough to meet him once when he was playing in Palam (in Delhi) and I clicked a picture with him.”
He also thanked former mentor and former Indian pitcher Irfan Pathan.
“Being left-handed himself, Irfan also influenced me a lot. He’s a player’s coach and he’s always in touch with us. I’m sure he’ll be very happy today.”
Vivant made his senior debut two seasons ago after breaking through the age group tournaments and hasn’t looked back since. A clean ball striker, the J&K flyhalf is now delighted to work with legendary West Indies cricketer Brian Lara, who is the head coach of SRH.
“There are a lot of expectations (on my part). I just want to keep my feet on the ground and keep learning,” he said.



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