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IPL Auction 2021: Kense, youngest Indian to be shortlisted

IPL Auction 2021: Kense, youngest Indian to be shortlisted
Khrievitso Kense
NEW DELHI, FEB 17 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/17/2021 1:36:09 PM IST

The Indian Premier League player auction is set to take place on Thursday in Chennai where all the eight franchises will go toe-to-toe, in order to have the best set of players in their respective squads. A total of 292 cricketers will go under the hammer – 164 of which are Indians, 125 from overseas and 3 from associate nations.

One of the more unknown players, who has gotten shortlisted this time around is Khrievitso Kense from Nagaland, a leg-spinner by trade who impressed for the state side during this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021. Kense, who turns 17 on March 6, is also the youngest Indian player in the Auctions.

He would be a wicket-taking option in the middle overs and could be a big buy at the 2021 Auctions. His journey to becoming a professional cricketer started at age 7, when he played tennis ball cricket with friends. “When I was seven-years-old, I would play cricket with the tennis ball my friends. The first ball I bowled with the leather ball was when I was 12,” he told HT. 

He has a base price of Rs 20 lakh and the buzz is that both the Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals are eyeing the youngest player in an auction pool of 292.  Fifth among seven siblings, the carpenter’s son from Sovima village near Dimapur, Kense says he became a cricketer all by himself and honed his skills by watching Warne on TV.

“I was initially bowling off-spin. But my fingers started aching. Then I tried leg-spin. I didn’t have anyone to coach me. So I followed Shane Warne on TV and phone,” he told PTI from Chennai, where he is currently in quarantine ahead of the Vijay Hazare trophy starting February 18.

“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,” he said. In a state where football comes naturally to young kids, Kense got attracted to cricket from a young age, thanks to his house which is opposite the state’s Sovima Cricket Stadium.

“I was always attracted to cricket and never liked football. Sometimes I play table tennis though,” Kense, who idolises Afghanistan swashbuckler Rashid Khan and is a big fan of Sunrisers Hyderabad, said. “I really loved way he bowls googlies. Since 2015, I’m a big fan of Sunrisers Hyderabad and watch the IPL with my friends every year,” he added.

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