IPL auction 2018: While the franchises were busy trading cricketers in Bengaluru over the last two days, one name that caught everyone’s eye was Aryaman Vikram Birla. Son of one of the biggest industrialists in India, Aryaman went unsold in the first round of the IPL auction 2018. However, he was picked by the Rajasthan Royals for Rs 30 lakh in the second round of bidding. Interestingly, according to Forbes, Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, one of the largest conglomerates in India and also the chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Kumar Mangalam Birla has a net worth of $12.6 billion.
But, Aryaman had made his choice at a very young age. Instead of driving luxury cars, he chose to grind it out in the cricketing field. The 20-year-old left Mumbai and moved to Madhya Pradesh to play cricket. Now, he will be playing alongside some of the biggest names in the cricketing world like Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane and Ben Stokes. While riches of all kinds would have come to him easily enough, Aryaman chose to take a hard way to achieve his dream to play cricket.
“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,” Aryaman had said in an interview with Deccan Chronicle last year.
He came to light after scoring 153 runs against Odisha in Indore in October last year during the Under-23 Col CK Nayudu Trophy. However, Arayman believes that he learnt most of his cricket in Mumbai and growing up there, helped him improve as a player.
“Playing in Mumbai is a great learning process. Growing up with cricketers that I did, I learned a lot. Slogging it out in the Mumbai nets has been important not only for me, but it is so for every aspiring cricketer. And it’s not something I’ve had to do differently,” he had said.