Rs 8.4 Crore-Mystery Man Who Left Architecture For His 1st Love
Definition of success can differ for people but they must remember that all the peaks are hidden behind the the walls of unwavering will and consistent effort. We make compromises in challenging situations and settle for an option that looks safe but is not necessarily your heart's desire. But with little patience and pinch of never-give-up attitude it is possible to be at a place better and brighter than before. You can have to believe and strive harder to mount atop of your definition of success. Today's story is an example of one such person who scaled his Everest because he was mad enough to think he could.
Recently, a man whose name was unheard of was sold for crores of rupees ahead of Indian Premiere League (IPL). Varun Chakravarthy began playing cricket at the age of 13 and is now considered a promising player in the cricketing world.
CSK's batting coach Michael Hussey, who worked as a commentator in the TNPL earlier this year, picked out Varun as one of the most exciting talents.
Varun, who comes from Tamil Nadu, used to play as a wicket-keeper batsman in his early teens. Years passed by and he came to a junction in life where he had to pick career over cricket. Flirting with cricket on one side, Varun finished his degree in architecture from SRM University in Chennai and then started freelancing as an architect. After two years into his profession, he was hit by a realization that a 9-5 routine was not his cup of tea. He returned to cricket full time after bidding goodbye to architecture.
He joined CromBest Cricket Club as a seam-bowling allrounder. But the flow was disrupted soon when he suffered a knee injury in his second match. After recovery, he joined as Tamil Nadu's state team and got everyone to sit up and notice his A-game. His performance got him a spot in Tamil Nadu Premiere League and then for Vijay Hazare Trophy. He took 22 wickets in 9 matches to become the highest scoring bowler in the contest for the trophy.
Varun's consistency in giving top grade performance got the IPL bidders take interest in him. Delhi and Chennai lead the way starting from Rs 20 lakh, which was his base price. The excitement in the room was palpable when Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders joined the tug of war. In the end Punjab took him home for Rs 8.4 crore was the joint-highest bid at the auction (42 times his base price).
Varun says he has seven variations - offbreak, legbreak, googly, carrom ball, flipper, topspinner, a slider aimed at the toes of batsmen to york them. It is hard to believe that there was a time in his late teens when he would constantly get rejected in age-group cricket that took a hit at his confidence.
But when the time came Varun listened to himself and understood what he really wanted to do in life. He picked cricket and worked hard to polish his craft and the result today are up for all of us to see.