Nathu Singh’s life has changed after Saturday. At the Indian Premier League auction, he was picked for a whopping Rs 3.2 crore by Mumbai Indians, and from then on the Rajasthan fast bowler’s phone hasn’t stop ringing. (Indian Premier League Auction 2016: Who Went to Which Team)
The son of a wire factory worker, the 20-year-old Nathu’s base price at the IPL auction was Rs 10 lakh. As fate would have it, after intense bidding battle his price rose 32 times and he went to Nita Ambani-owned Mumbai Indians.
Nathu burst into limelight in his Ranji Trophy debut for Rajasthan as he scalped seven for 87 against Delhi this season. A product of the MRF Pace Academy in Chennai, Nathu was earlier trained by Glenn MacGrath.
His natural pace impressed every body in domestic cricket as he got a call-up to represent India A in a warm-up match against South Africans recently. He was also part of India B in the recently held Deodhar Trophy.
Nathu has played six first class, nine List-A and 11 Twenty20 matches in which he picked 12, 14 and 21 wickets respectively.
“My priority is to play well in IPL and prove my strength. IPL is the platform to enter the Indian team. Now I will build a new house for my parents,” Nathu told Hindustan Times.
(With inputs from Harsha Kumari Singh)