IPL 2018, MI vs CSK, Match 1: Dholpur To Mumbai Indians, Journey Of Truck Driver's Son Tajinder Dhillon

IPL 2018, MI vs CSK: Ahead of Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings match, look at the journey of Tajinder Dhillon who honed his cricketing skills from an academy in Dholpur under the guidance of coach Suminder Tiwari

Dreams do come true! At least that’s true for a 25-year-old cricketer from Dholpur district in Rajasthan, Tajinder Singh Dhillon who is set to live his dream in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. Dhillon, who represents Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy, was picked up by Mumbai Indians for Rs 55 lakh.

Early life
Dhillon, born to a truck driver, started playing cricket at the age of 8 when his uncle, who also played Ranji for Railways, introduced him to the sport by taking him to a cricket playground.

Dholpur, known for National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary and Van Vihar Wildlife Sanctuary, is not a hotspot for producing cricketers. But Dhillon would be the first player from the district to wear IPL jersey.

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Passion for cricket
Though he was born in Dholpur, the all-rounder now resides in Agra. He honed his cricketing skills from an academy in Dholpur under the guidance of coach Suminder Tiwari. Following his performance in the domestic circuit, Dhillon was the first Indian to get selected directly for Ranji without playing U-19 or U-23 cricket.

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Some of the other prominent cricketers who represented Rajasthan in the past are Pravin Amre, Hemang Badani, Aakash Chopra and Ajay Jadeja.

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Cricket Academies In Rajasthan
Surana Cricket Academy – Situated at Hanuman Nagar in Jaipur, Surana Cricket Academy is among the top results in Google search. The academy has 4.4 stars ratings.

Aryan Cricket Academy- Situated in Jagatpura area in Jaipur, Aryan Cricket Academy is the another among the top searches in Google. They charged approx Rs 18,000 a year for training.