We have heard about rags to riches tales in the past but this one surely steals the show. When Mumbai Indians first raised the baton at the auctions, it took other teams by surprise as they had till then not heard of Kulwant Khejroliya. Today, he is an integral part of the MI outfit. But what will startle you most about this left-handed bowler is another fact, which very few know of or are aware of. Well, Kulwant was a mere waiter in a restaurant in Goa. As MI readies to play another final tomorrow against Rising Pune Supergiant, this player may not make the cut but to come so long a distance is a surreal tale for sure.

Speaking about his background, he said, “I only started playing cricket about a year ago. Before that, I was a waiter at a restaurant in Goa. I didn’t tell my family that I was playing cricket. I wasn’t good at studies. I took a number of competitive exams but couldn’t get through anywhere.

“We needed money at home and my family wanted me to get a job. I didn’t know what to do. A friend of mine told me that I have the talent to make it as a cricketer. So I told my family that I was joining a friend’s transport business in Ahmedabad, but I went to Delhi instead.”

If I hadn’t made something of my life, I would have had a lot to answer for. But now that I have made it here (Mumbai Indians in the IPL), folks back in my village and in my district are happy and proud of me.”

Are these not the tales that make us fall in love with the sport over and over again.