Mumbai Indians had a great auction on 19 Dec, 2019. They purchased 7 players for just 11.6 Cr, in which 3 are overseas players. They also managed to snap 4 Indian uncapped players making their young pool of players more vivid.
In a surprising bid, they grabbed Australian opener Chris Lynn just at his base price. They also managed to buy Nathan-Coulter-Nile to robust their contingent of fast bowlers.
In uncapped Indian players they grabbed the services of Saurabh Tiwary, Mohsin Khan, Prince Balwant Rai Singh and Digvijay Deshmukh at their base prices.
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In one of the surprising picks they roped in Maharashtra’s domestic bowling talent Digvijay Deshmukh for INR 20 Lakh rewarding him for his excellent performance in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019.
Digvijay Deshmukh’s Journey from Bollywood to IPL
The name Digvijay Deshmukh might be unknown to cricket fraternity but Bollywood has known this for over 6 years. The Maharashtra player played role of a cricketer in a film named ‘Kai Po Che’ that released in year 2013. The film was based on the famous novel “Three Mistakes of My Life” written by ChetanBhagat. The lead star cast of the film included Sushant Singh Rajput, RajkumarRao and Amit Sadh. This film was based on cricket in which Digvijay played role of a shy boy named Ali, a promising cricketing talent.
When asked about his acting in the movie, the bowler said, “Yes, I am Digvijayand I acted as Ali in that movie Kai Po Che. But I was never an actor and always a cricketer. Now, I am slowly realising my dream,”
He added, “I had gone to play an U-14 school tournament in Mumbai and one of the ADs (assistant director) of the film selected me for audition and then I got the role. Everyone was very nice. I remember playing a lot of cricket with Sushant (Singh Rajput) and Rajkumar Rao. The character was somewhat like me.”