Indian ‘Ekalavya,’ Australian Guru

16-year-old leg-spinner from Nagaland, India, Khrievitso Kense is now ready to play in the big league.

He is excited to be part of the Indian Premier League’s players’ auction.

VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 Player Auction will be held at Chennai on February 18, 2021.

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A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players and 3 players from Associate Nations will be up for grabs as the eight franchises.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians (MI), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are all geared up to bolster their squads with the rich talent that is on offer.

“While all the teams have several match-winners at their disposal, they will be eager to add more firepower as they eye the prestigious title.”

Khrievitso Kense, son of a carpenter, is fifth among seven siblings.

He says that he is a self-taught cricketer and not worried about the upcoming auction.

“I am ‘bindaas’ (carefree) and not thinking much about the auction (on Thursday). The team supports me well and yes we will watch it (the auction) together.”

The Leg Spinner took seven wickets in the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in January 2021.

Khrievitso Kense polished his cricketing skills by watching his guru Shane Warne’s videos on TV.

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Khrievitso Kense who is like ‘Ekalavya,’ the young self-taught archer from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, with Guru Shane Warne behind him has a base price of Rs 20 lakh.

The young cricketer told PTI:

“I really liked the way he turned the ball. I never had a leg-spin coach, I learnt all by myself. There was a sir who would just guide me as I played U-16 cricket.”

In the IPL circle the buzz is that both the Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals are eyeing for this young player.

Long before the auction, he was even called by these two teams for trials.

Neiphiu Rio, Nagaland Chief Minister, on Saturday tweeted his wishes to Khrievitso Kense:

“My best wishes to Khrievitso Kense from Nagaland, the youngest Indian player to be shortlisted for #IPL2021Auction. I hope he gets picked by a great franchisee that will perform excellently in the @IPL 2021.”

Khrievitso Kense will turn 17 on March 6, 2021.