Cassian Baliarsingh

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) star Swapnil Singh played a pivotal role in the team's stunning comeback, securing back-to-back wins and a spot in the IPL playoffs. From playing to Virat Kohli during U-19 to finally getting a chance to represent RCB in IPL, Swapnil has struggled all his way to success.

The star bowler recalled his journey in cricket, from his debut for Baroda, as a 14-year-old, being Virat Kohli’s roommate and could not control his tears. The 33-year-old broke down when recalling his struggling days.

“The day of the IPL auction, I was traveling to Dehradun for a Ranji Trophy game. When the first time I wasn’t picked, I thought it was over and I had no chance. But, as and when my family called, we broke down,” said a teary-eyed Swapnil.

Recalling his friendship with Kohli, Singh said, “I was Virat Kohli’s room partner. When I met him after many days in the dressing room, he was very warm. He was like ‘We’ve met after so long, how’s family?’ and everything. It felt very good.”

“My debut happened against Mahi bhai’s team when I was playing for Punjab. Maxwell was our captain. I took only one wicket, that too of Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni), and caught and bowled. I was also part of the Dileep Trophy and was the highest run-scorer for Baroda,” he recalled.

“I don’t have a four or a six and I have only one wicket in IPL. So, I would love to hit a four or a six and take a wicket anyway. I knew if they played me in a game, our captain would give me six balls for sure. And finally, I hit a four, a six and I didn’t bowl six balls, but I bowled seven,” Singh added trying to control his tears.

In the end, he expressed his gratitude to God for being his ultimate guide and blessing him abundantly.

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