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Minor League Cricket Player Spotlight :Harmeet and Thakur

Harmeet first made his mark on the Mumbai scene by directing his school to a Giles Shield title with Shardul Thakur, whom Ian Chappel dubbed the “next Bishan Bedi.” At the age of 15, he was picked in the Mumbai side for the annual Buchi Babu tournament, giving him his first taste of the top league. Soon after, Sachin Tendulkar would summon him to his private net sessions to bowl at him.

During India’s victorious U19 World Cup campaign in 2012, he gained quick recognition. He received his IPL contract shortly after, and his inbox began to swarm with offers from well-known sports agencies. After winning the U19 World Cup in Australia, he visited almost 30 functions in 30 days. Harmeet’s life had taken a turn for the better.

2013 IPL fixing saga

Harmeet, 20, quickly found how lonely Indian cricket can be in the aftermath of the 2013 IPL fixing controversy. Vidarbha terminated his contract due to negative speculations. After an investigation, the BCCI cleared him, but not before the harm had been done.

He went from being the center of attention to being practically untouchable as a result of a relentless media barrage. Harmeet has only played 31 first-class games in his ten-year career, with 17 of them coming for a nondescript side like Tripura.

Away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai

Harmeet Singh, who currently lives in Seattle with his small family, is content with the situation. He braved practically every day for a decade to establish himself in the Mumbai dressing room, away from the grind of Mumbai and even more from the mental pain he endured.

The former U19 world cup winner, who now captains the Seattle Thunderbolts in Minor League Cricket, is eager to restart his cricketing career, which began with much promise and joy. He’s been on a journey of self-discovery and contentment, beginning with a well-documented newsroom trial he didn’t deserve.

“There is nothing I want to prove to anyone. I want to prove it to myself that I belong to a world stage that hopefully, Major League Cricket will provide. I’m still 28. I’ll be 30 by the time I qualify to play for the US and test myself out worldwide playing in some of the best leagues. The opportunity I was looking for is here” said Harmeet.

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