After a Rs 5.8 crore deal with RR, Shubham Dubey wants to buy a house for family | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Shubham Dubey‘s life underwent a positive transformation when Rajasthan Royals secured him for Rs 5.8 crore in the recent IPL player auction, erasing the early struggles in the Vidarbha man’s journey.
An assertive middle-order batsman, Dubey showcased his talent in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, boasting an impressive strike rate of 185. In the past, he had witnessed his father engaging in odd jobs, including selling paan, to afford a cricket kit for him.
With the recent turn of events, the family has left those struggles behind, and understandably, Dubey is overjoyed.
“My family couldn’t afford to buy a cricket kit but my father still got me one. But they never forced me to do something else despite our struggling financial situation.
“My father is a modest man who took up odd jobs to support the family, right from operating a paan stall to working as a hotel manager to getting into real estate,” Dubey said in a Royals media release.
Now, Dubey wanted to buy a house for his family.
“I’ve found my biggest supporters in my family. My twin brother took care of the house financially without letting the pressure affect me, my parents were right behind me. When I was injured and out of action for a while, they kept me in a positive state of mind.
“I want to give them the comfort and happiness they deserve. So, I wish to first buy a house for the family,” added Dubey.
Meeting Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal gave him a much-needed opening to higher-level cricket.
“One of my uncle’s friends suggested I should get enrolled in to ‘Advocate XI’ that trains talented young kids who can’t afford to pay fees. It was there that I first saw Fazal.
“His personality, the confidence he carried and the way everyone treated him with so much respect made me feel I wanted to reach that level too. He’s also a left-handed batter. So, I could relate to him even more.”
Dubey now wants to meet former Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara, the RR Director of Cricket and Head Coach.
“I have followed Sanga sir’s journey till his retirement and he is such a respected figure in the cricketing fraternity.
“He was also a lefty like me. So, just being around him will surely be a learning experience for me,” he said.
(With PTI Inputs)


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