Patiala cricketers, Anmolpreet and cousin Prabhsimran went for big money at Tuesday’s IPL auction and the families celebrated all night, as you would when you become a crorepati over night!
Prabhsimran, 18-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman became a teen crorepati when he was picked up for Rs 4.8 crore by Kings XI Punjab. Anmolpreet, 20, was taken by Mumbai Indians for Rs 80 lakh.
Satvinder Singh, father of Anmolpreet, remembers how he used to get furious every time he saw his son and nephew Prabhsimran playing cricket. The former Indian handball player wanted the family’s next generation to follow in his footsteps.
“There were a couple of handball goal posts in our backyard. But they have long been replaced by cricket nets,” Satvinder said. “I never liked cricket as a sport. But destiny has something else in store. What can I say? We are a very proud family. Ab to teesra (Tejpreet Singh) bhi cricket mein achha kar raha hai (Now the third one too is doing well in cricket),” he added. Tejpreet, 17, is a leg spinner and plays for the Punjab U-19 team.
The Singh family had a crazy evening in Patiala as the IPL auctions started. “When Anmol was picked by Mumbai Indians, we started celebrating with mithai (sweets), but once Prabhsimran’s bidding started, we just collectively went mad,” said Satvinder.
“The entire family was doing bhangra. Our neighbours were dancing in front of our house. “The celebrations went on till midnight,” said Prabhsimran’s father Surjit Singh, who works for the Punjab Mandi Board in Patiala.
“We went to the nearest gurdwara to seek blessings in the morning. Anmol left for Mohali to join the Punjab Ranji team and then we went to Sri Aurobindo International School where Prabhsimran was felicitated,” Surjit Singh added.
Though, more established as a player than Prabhsimran, Anmolpreet is not bothered that his cousin got a bigger contract than him. “I was expecting this question, but let me tell you one thing, saare paise ghar aa rahe hai (all the money is coming home),” he said.
With the boys now playing for two different franchises, the Singh family will have their loyalties divided, or will they? “It is going to be difficult. It will be a mixed feeling. To be honest, I don’t know what to say. There will be a divide in the family. I am actually excited for the tie between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians,” said Surjit.