Meerut boy Sameer Rizvi hits big payday | Cricket News – Times of India


His father scolded him for being slow in his studies!
Meerut: Sameer RizviA 20-year-old batsman from Meerut In Uttar Pradesh, he entered the record books as the most expensive uncapped player of the 2024 IPL auction, signing a Rs 8.4 crore deal with Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday.
Hailing from Lalkurti area of ​​Meerut, Rizvi’s rise to speed came after his impressive performance in the recent UPT20 league, where he scored 455 runs in just nine innings, including two centuries. Kanpur Superstars.
Despite a late start to formal education – he only recently passed his 10th after turning 20 – Rizvi captained UP in the Men’s U-23 State A Championship, defeating Uttarakhand in the final. The team won against


He was just 17 when he gained international exposure, earning a place in the Under-19 squad in 2018 and then representing India in England the following year.
Tankeeb AkhtarRizvi’s uncle and coach said, “He is living my dream. I knew he was a big hitter, and he showed promise from the age of six. In 15 years, we haven’t had 15 days off. . It’s sheer hard work that’s gotten him this far.” Rizvi’s journey began in 2018 when he was selected for the U-19 team, and since then there has been no looking back.
Sameer’s father Hussain Rizviis a property dealer, and his mother, Rukhsana Rizvi, is a homemaker, the excitement was palpable throughout the family. Expressing his pride, Rizvi said, “I am speechless, what more can a father ask for. I am the luckiest person on this planet. I used to beat him for not studying and scolded my sister-in-law. He used to scold him for distracting him. He has just managed to pass his 10th standard exam but it doesn’t matter now. All credit goes to Tankeeb. It is what God approves.”
Back home, amid family rejoicing, Rizvi reflects on his journey. Speaking to TOI, he said, “This is really a great moment for me as I have worked hard for the last 15 years. I owe it to my mother and my family. IPL is definitely a golden opportunity to prove myself. There is a chance, but my dream is to play for my country.

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