The Indian Premier League will enter into its 11th season (IPL 2018) when the first match takes place on April 4th at the Wankhede Stadium. Over the last decade, superstars have born playing in the most lucrative league in the world. New players who would have taken months to break into the level above them were fast-tracked as they sparkled in the glitz and glamour of the IPL.
Last year, two young budding cricketing brothers Deepak and Rahul Chahar were selected to play for the Rising Pune Supergiant from Agra and this year, another Agra player, Tajinder Singh Dhillon will be part of the Mumbai Indians team after he was picked up in the IPL 2018 auction for INR 55 lakhs. The 25-year-old has played Ranji cricket with Rajasthan but hasn’t ever played for the Under-19 or Under-23 teams.
Tajinder Singh’s love for the game started when his sister gifted him a bat on his birthday, however, his first taste of professional cricket came when his brother took him to an academy at the age of eight. As reported by the Times of India, Tajinder Singh said,
“Though I started playing cricket when my sister gifted me a bat, my uncle introduced me to professional cricket at the age of eight when he took me to a cricket playground. He has also played Ranji for Railways. So cricket is in my blood. Initially, I used to play cricket in my locality but after gauging my talent, my uncle decided to provide me professional training.”
Tajinder Singh achieving dreams in IPL with Mumbai Indians
Tajinder Singh was clearly elated to have been selected by the Mumbai Indians team in the IPL 2018 auction, as it was his dream to play for the same franchise that Sachin Tendulkar played for.
“I am a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar and have always idolised him. Since the time IPL started, I dreamt of playing for Mumbai Indians under the guidance of Sachin sir. However, being a player of Rajasthan team, I would have been content if I would have been selected in Rajasthan Royals as well,” the cricketer said.
Tajinder Singh also spoke about Rahul Chahar, who was his teammate at the Ranji level and will now share the dressing room with him at the IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians.
He said, “I have seen Rahul since the beginning when he started playing cricket. We have played Ranji for Rajasthan together. Sharing dressing room with someone you already know is always helpful. Rahul and I share a good bond and it will be fun to play with him in the same team.”