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From tent to trident: Salman’s journey as a CSK net thrower

“Yeh dekho pool. Ek dum Maldives jaisa hai (See the pool. It’s like in the Maldives).”

Salman Khan, 22, gives a virtual tour of his posh hotel to his family, who live in a small tent in Mumbai’s Cross Maidan, where his father works as a gardener. On normal cricket afternoons, the tent serves as a changing room for cricket teams.

Except for his father Idris, none of his family members knew where the Maldives was and why it was famous. life, even temporarily.

He says his conversations at home are unusual these days. His father asks him not only what happened at the Nets, but also about the hotel he is stationed at. If he met Mahendra Singh Dhoni and what did he tell her.

The iconic hotel at Nariman Point has been a landmark for the Mumbaikars and Salman hadn’t seen it from inside, until CSK performed.

Over the years, his dad has ridden lots and seen many boys become overnight stars and now the family are hoping that Salman can change the family’s fortunes.

Salman Khan’s house in Cross Maidan (Photo Express)

“One day I got a call from an official of Chennai Super Kings asking me if I can become a net caster for this season. Later I learned that my name was recommended by (the player of Mumbai) Tushar Deshpande. I was excited because I will have the chance to learn, otherwise I would only play club cricket,” Salman said over the phone.

CSK was the pioneer in helping net bowlers make the transition to becoming IPL players. Two current franchise players – Mukesh Choudhary and Prashant Solanki – were net bowlers for them until last season, before being drafted at this year’s mega auction.

Salman hopes the same can happen for him. His dad always has a line to end his conversations. “Abu phone karke bolta hai achcha kar, tera acha hoga, toh hamara bhi hoga. Bowling mein khush kar dena (Every time my father calls, he tells me to do well, so that something good will happen to them in the future “Make everyone happy with your bowling. I’m just saying I’ll do my best,” said Salman, who has represented Mumbai in under-23 and junior cricket.

Equal treatment

The beams of floodlights and loud cheers from Wankhede Stadium reach Salman’s house. He sent photos of himself with Dhoni and other players. Salman bumped into Dhoni and CSK captain Ravindra Jadeja and asked them about his bowling. It took a bit of time to earn Dhoni’s trust but, says Salman, at CSK everyone is equal.

Salman Khan’s house in Cross Maidan (Photo Express)

“I talked to Mahi bhai and Jadeja. I want to learn from them, these two months could change my life. I asked Mahi bhai about my bowling. He said: ‘Salman, off-spinner ko T20 mein sab maarne hi dekhte hai, so thoda dimag se dalne ka, jyada sochne ka (in T20s everyone tries to hit the off-spinner so put some thought behind your bowling) He said he would talk to me after a few games The franchise treats us like We get the same treatment as everyone else The environment is great.

Back at Cross Maidan, Idris is happy that his son has received a big boost. In his four decades as a gardener, he has seen Sachin become Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan become India’s lethal pitcher.

“I’m very happy for him. I’m a little man. I just want him to succeed in life. In 40 years as a gardener I’ve seen people become stars, I just want my son to play good at cricket aur apne peacock pe khada ho jaye bus (and stand),” hopes Idris.

From Tent to Trident Hotel, Salman now hopes his life will change.


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