Kamran Khan : A rags-to-riches story

Written by: Rajesh Krishna
Published: Friday, April 24, 2009, 12:45 [IST]
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Kamran Khan : A rags-to-riches story

Kamran Khan's mother's only dream was to see her son on television, playing cricket.

But when he could be all set to grace the big stage in the Indian Premier League (IPL), his mother is not alive to see it.

Kids becoming Zero to a hero in IPL is a normal phenomena. The latest to add to this list is Rajasthan Royals young fast bowler Kamran Khan.

It was Kamran Khan, the young pace bowler from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, who turned the match in Rajasthan Royal's favour on Thursday.

Kamran Khan, who bowled beautifully, and with his outlandish action generated pace and took the crucial wicket of Sourav Ganguly, which forced the game into the tie-break. He ended with 3 for 18 from four overs and was thus entrusted to bowl the Super Over and help secure the match.

Kamran has not played first class cricket but was selected to the Royals team after he impressed Director of Coaching Dareen Berry in a Mumbai Twenty20 tournament.

Kamran expressed his happines when he received US$24,000 contract with the Rajashtan Royals but wished he had received the money sooner as his family struggled with poverty. “Had this money come two years back, I might not have lost my mother," said Kamran

Kamran said having spent his nights on railway stations when travelling for cricket trials, it wasn"t easy getting used to five-star hotel comforts in South Africa. “Be it Lucknow or Kanpur, I used to sleep at platforms. I used to buy a platform ticket and spend the night there. Having slept all these years on a rough floor … Neend hi nahi aayee pehli raat [I couldn't sleep the first night]. “I always had monetary problems. I never dared to ask money from my brothers. I had one pair of white clothes for trials."

"We've got one young player who's going to be very interesting. We're tossing up now what his nickname is going to be -- 'Wild Thing' or 'Tornado', something like that. Kamran Khan is a young kid, a left-armer, a slinger, he's a little guy but he bowls 140 plus," Shane Warne told to English tabeloid.

"He was very raw when he first met me, and most of his experience was, and remains, with a tennis ball," said Naushan who trained Kamran. "We have worked on his action and tried to develop him into a proper pace bowler. Kamran's work will hopefully start to yield results. I don't think it has really hit Kamran yet that he will be in the same squad as so many big players.

This is not the first time the Rajasthan management has unearthed a player and sent everyone scurrying to find out his antecedents. Before the inaugural IPL they signed up the greenhorn Dinesh Salunkhe, who came into the spotlight through a TV talent-hunt show but had yet to play a first-class match.

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