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Maa tujhe Salem: Natarajan scores with crores in IPL 2017 Auction

People, when they come across sums of money they find it difficult to comprehend, often subconsciously break it down into units that they can imagine.

Published: 21st February 2017 05:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2017 09:18 AM   |  A+A-

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CHENNAI: People, when they come across sums of money they find it difficult to comprehend, often subconsciously break it down into units that they can imagine.

When Thangarasu Natarajan’s mother heard the figure (Rs 3 crore) that her son would be making for donning the Kings XI Punjab jersey in IPL-10, she must have instinctively thought ‘that’s 50 lakh samosas’. 

For Natarajan’s parents — his father is a daily wage worker in a saree making unit near Salem while his mother sells snacks in a roadside stall — crores are unfamiliar territory.

The most money they’ve come across are the few lakhs their son made playing Ranji and Tamil Nadu Premier League.

“I am feeling really excited,” Nata­r­ajan says.

“I never dreamt that I wi­ll be bought for such a big price.” In the IPL auction on Monday Natarajan went to Kings XI Punjab, 30 times more than his base price of `10 lakh.  He grew up playing tennis ball cricket and moved to Chennai as a 19-year-old to play fourth division cricket. In less than five years, he was making his Ranji debut, that too on the hallowed turf of the Eden Gardens. Then it all came crashing down.

Soon after that, Natarajan was reported for a suspect action.

“This was a very depressing ph­­a­se for me,” he says.

“I felt distr­e­ssed, I lacked motivation and almost lost interest in the game. But something from within told me not to give up.  went to the TNCA Academy and they supported me and under Sunil Subramaniam at the academy, I rectified my action. The TNCA pic­ked me for Ranji this season.”

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