Spanning over two days, the auction for the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) finally ended on January 29. During the auctions, a budding cricketer caught the attention of media when he was bought by Rajasthan Royals for a sum of Rs 30 lakh. He is none other than Aryaman Birla, son of Kumar Mangalam Birla, who is the chairman of the Aditya Birla Group and has a net worth of $12.6 billion, as reported by Forbes in a recent study.
Though earlier he was known just as an industrialist’s son and an heir to a multi-billion business empire, he now has his own identity.
With a base price tag of Rs 20 lakh, he was picked up by the former champions on Day 2 after being unsold a day earlier. It’s interesting to note that a lad who can actually buy his own team, chose to be bought for a mere sum, which could well be just his one month pocket money from his heritage.
Among 500 players who had attended the event and rich IPL owners, Aryaman was the sole royal family member who preferred to prove his skills on the cricket ground, rather than flaunting his Birla tag.
In no time, he became the talk of social media, more because of his background and unexpected entry to the world of cricket. His father is a billionaire and no one had expected to see him sweating it out on the ground.
Being the son of Kumar Mangalam Birla, who is one of India’s biggest business tycoons, no one expected this young batsman to choose cricket over a life of abundant luxury. His father holds a coveted position of the chancellor at Birla Institute of Technology and Science and he could have easily followed his father’s comfortable life, but he chose not to.
Contrary to all rich brats, Aryaman believed in himself and the support from his family to strive for a budding cricketing career than a cosy industrialist couch. Only his dreams of being a successful cricketer mattered.
Some interesting facts about him:
The budding player is more than pleased to be snapped up by the IPL team, because he will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to play under Australian captain and arguably the world’s best batsman currently, Steve Smith. Expressing his delight, he told TOI from Nagpur:
“It’s a great feeling. I’m so grateful to them for this opportunity. There’s so much to learn from everyone in that dressing room. To be around that group will be a huge learning curve for me. I’m so looking forward to it. I’m going to work hard in the build-up to the opportunity.”
To achieve his dream of playing professional cricket, he says playing cricket comes naturally to him. This is what he told Deccan Chronicle last year:
“I’ve played cricket my entire life. I was eight, maybe nine-years-old when I started playing. I played a lot of sports when I was very little, but cricket was the one that stood out for me. There was no definite moment when I realised I wanted to pursue it as my career; it was a natural progression from it being a hobby to now playing it professionally.”
Even his coaches are very proud of him and shared their joy. His personal coach said:
“I’m very happy for Aryaman. He had a brilliant season for the Madhya Pradesh Under-23 team. He was India’s highest run-getter in the Polly Umrigar Trophy. He got a hundred in the Under-23 One-dayers too. The fact that he’s an all-rounder adds value to him as a T20 player. It’ll be a good learning curve for him.”
The youngster after leaving Mumbai for Madhya Pradesh, was over the moon after his IPL selection. He shared his thoughts in this Twitter video:
An experience I can’t wait for. Looking forward to the season with RR. https://t.co/wamhzy0XNH
— Aryaman Birla (@AryamanBirla) January 29, 2018
We hope this talented cricketer will embark on another milestone and become a name to reckon with, in the Indian Premier League.