Kamran Khan performance in IPL evokes warm response

April 28th, 2009 - 1:19 pm ICT by ANI  

Nadwa Sarai (Uttar Pradesh), Apr 28 (ANI): Villagers of Nadwa Sarai in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau District rejoiced the instant success of Kamran Khan, a pace bowler of Rajasthan Royals, in the ongoing Indian Premier League’s Twenty-20 tournament.

Left-arm seamer Kamran Khan got instant fame and success after he guided his team to victory in an edge-of-the-seat thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Kamran, son of a poor woodcutter, started playing with a borrowed bat in his initial matches.

“From his childhood days, he was passionate about cricket. But due to poverty, he was unable to buy cricket bat and ball. So in order to keep his passion alive, he made a bat from a wooden piece with his own hands. He used to play with borrowed bat offered by his neighbours in outstation matches,” said Iqbal Khan, Kamran’s elder brother.Now after giving a match winning performance, the 18-year old Rajasthan Royals rookie left-arm pacer, who has not played even a single state-level tournament in either the junior Under-15 or senior teams, has become the apple of an eye for his village folk.

“We are extremely happy. All villagers are happy. Whenever he plays, we cheer for him, celebrate and dance,” said Shamim Khan, Kamran’s childhood friend.

The fate of Kamran, who slept on railway platforms in his hometown before his talent was recognised, was changed after Rajasthan Royals picked him for the second season of the IPL on an annual contract of US 24,000 dollars. (ANI)

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