Nathu Singh recalls scenes at his place when Mumbai Indians bought him for INR 3.2 crore in IPL 2016 auctions

Although he didn't get a chance to play for MI, it was a historic moment for the youngster as such a mega bid for an uncapped player was not very common five years back.

Rohan GulatyAuthor

Updated - 05 August 2021 12:32 PM

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Rajasthan pacer Nathu Singh has been one of the bowlers who has constantly been knocking on the doors in Indian domestic circuit. While there is no doubt about the talent of the speedster, the career of a 25-year-old could not kick-off due to constant injuries. Nathu made his IPL debut for Gujarat Lions in 2017 but suffered a back injury after only two games which derailed his entire campaign.

He was released by Delhi Capitals ahead of IPL 2020 auction and things have come to a standstill for one of India's most talented pacers. Despite all the troubles, Nathu still has age on his side and he is determined to pave his way back into the eyes of national selectors. While there is hopefully a lot to look forward to for Nathu, he recently reflected on one of the most amazing moments of his life in an exclusive conversation with SportsTiger.

I had gone to temple ahead of the auctions: Nathu

The 25-year-old came into the limelight when he was bought by Mumbai Indians for a whopping amount of INR 3.2 crore in IPL 2016 auctions. Although he didn't get a chance to play for MI, it was a historic moment for the youngster as such a mega bid for an uncapped player was not very common five years back. The right-arm pacer was undoubtedly the star of that year's auction which is still one of the most memorable moments of his life.

Reflecting on the same, Nathu said, "I had gone to temple ahead of the auctions and then went to play tennis ball cricket with my friends. This is when a friend called and told me that bidding for me had started in the auctions. All of us went to my friend's place to see the auction and I was very satisfied after I got a 10 lakh bid. Slowly, the bids kept coming and eventually when I was sold for INR 3.2 crores, me and my friends were so extremely happy with the sequence of events."

Nathu shares his experience of training with MI

Nathu Singh revealed that the players and staff of Mumbai Indians were very supportive throughout his journey. Nathu added that he learnt a lot from the legends of the game like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. The 25-year-old also pointed out MI stands out in terms of discipline, which is probably one of the reasons for their success.

Watch the full interview here:

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