When Madhya Pradesh humiliated domestic powerhouse Mumbai in the final of the Ranji Trophy, many players came forward, each with their own unique story to tell. The historic triumph was a once-in-a-lifetime moment for many players, including Kumar Kartikeya Singh, who has faced quite a few difficulties on the way to competitive cricket. Also, the left arm tweaker didn’t visit his home for about nine years in his wanderings for success. Also read | “Virat has had his breaks. If you look at the past two years…’: Manjrekar’s no-nonsense verdict on Kohli being rested
Kartikeya finally met his family on Wednesday after “nine years and three months” when he shared a photo on Twitter with his mother. “After 9 years and 3 months met my family and mom. I can’t express my feelings,” he wrote.
Kartikeya finished the 2021-22 Ranji Trophy season as the second highest wicket taker, taking 32 wickets in 11 innings, including three with five wickets. The 24-year-old, who can bowl leg fractures, wrong’uns, finger spin and even the carromball, had previously revealed the conversation he had with his father.
“I did have time to go home, but when I last spoke to daddy, he had said that now that you’re gone, achieve something and come back. I only said one word, ‘yes’. And because I said ‘yes,’ I didn’t go home. I wouldn’t go home until I accomplished something,” he told cricket.com.
“I stopped video calling because my mom was always crying! So I just called. When I called, she got emotional, so I only made voice calls. I did video calling after winning the Ranji trophy, and also when I was selected in the IPL. Before that, it was in 2018 when I was first selected for the Ranji.”
Kartikeya’s IPL journey with Mumbai Indians began after he injured an injured Md. Arshad Khan replaced. He was immediately given his debut cap and the spinner removed Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson in his first ever over of the T20 competition.
Kartikeya also talked about his coach Sanjay Bharadwaj, who supported him through thick and thin and helped him through the initial struggle.
“The first day I met him he told me I will provide whatever expenses I have, shoes, clothes, whatever is needed for your cricket. I started to cry, who is doing this in Delhi? He said, you just think I look like your father. I got very emotional then. Ever since I came to Delhi, everyone just wanted to take me away. “Give me so much and I’ll do this for you.” He only talked about giving. I felt so nice. Even now, where he stands before me, no one does. He is everything to me,” Kartikeya had said.