Who is Mukesh Kumar? Son of Taxi Driver, bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 5.5 crores at IPL Auction 2023

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At the IPL 2023 auction held in Kochi on Friday, the fortunes of many players shone. With the 10 franchises spending a total of Rs 167 crore, this year’s auction broke all IPL records. While young players dominated the mini-auction, it was Mukesh Kumar who was the third expensive buy for India.

  • Millions offer for Mukesh Kumar:

Mukesh Kumar’s base price was 20 lakhs in the auction. But he was bagged by Delhi Capitals for Rs 5.50 crore. In the auction, almost every team wanted to include Mukesh in their team, but in the end Delhi won the bid. He became the third most expensive Indian player after Mayank Agarwal (Rs 8.25 Cr) and Shivam Mavi (Rs 6 Cr). The journey to IPL 2023 was not an easy one for Mukesh who was unsold last season.

  • Mukesh’s Inspiring Journey:

Taking a look at Mukesh’s fight, it looks like his hard work paid off. Born in Gopalganj, Bihar in 1993, he made it to the Bengal cricket team through the Vision 2020 trials in 2014 at the Eden Gardens. But before moving to Kolkata, Mukesh applied for the army and failed to enlist. His father, who worked as a taxi driver, called Kashinath to West Bengal in 2012 from Bihar to find work.

His father worked as a taxi driver. He started playing cricket after joining a second tier CAB league club called Bani Niketan. He then took the opportunity to participate in the Vision 2020 trials and was eventually selected for the Bengal Ranji team.

  • A look at Mukesh Kumar’s stats:

Looking at Mukesh Kumar’s first-class career, he has taken a total of 123 wickets in 33 matches. At the same time, he has 26 wickets in 24 List A matches. Mukesh has also had a good career in T20 cricket, taking a total of 25 wickets in 23 matches.

Mukesh Kumar will be seen playing under the captaincy of Rishabh Pant in the upcoming season of the tournament.

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