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IPL Desk in Mumbai 04 April 2013 - 06:25pm IST

Pali boy, Kumar Boresa signed on by Rajasthan Royals

18-yr-old left-arm spinner grateful for the opportunity

Rajasthan Royals on Thursday awarded an IPL contract to Kumar Boresa, winner of the ‘Cricket Star Rajasthan 2012’ – a talent hunt jointly hosted by Rajasthan Royals and Dainik Bhaskar, sponsored by Sanskar School to unearth the hidden cricketing talent in Rajasthan. The 18-year-old Kumar who won the contest in 2012 signed a contract with the Rajasthan Royals worth Rs 10 lakh, and will don the Royal Blue jersey in IPL 2013. 

The cricket star programme was organized in Rajasthan from September to November last year and included an SMS-based application system following which the applicants were tested on various skills in the centres of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur by RR Coach Monty Desai and other appointed talent scouts. The top candidates from all these centres were called to Jaipur at the Sanskar School grounds for the Cricket Star Academy and after 3 days of matches, Kumar Boresa from Pali was chosen as ‘Cricket Star Rajasthan’ winner for his fine spin bowling, all-round skills, discipline, enthusiasm and fair play.

While the initial the grand prize was an internship with the Royals, the team management unanimously decided to upgrade the internship, impressed with the lad, to a full IPL contract with Rajasthan Royals.

Left-arm spinner - Boresa, who plays for Pali District Cricket Association, has represented the Rajasthan U-16 team in the Vijay Merchant Trophy in 2009 and 2010. The Class 10 student has also led the Stanford School team in many districts and state-level tournaments.

“I used to see the big players on television and never imagined I would get a chance to meet them or practice with them. It is an unforgettable moment for me, my family and my seniors who have always supported and helped me excel in cricket. I am grateful to Rajasthan Royals for giving me such an opportunity,” Boresa said.

Raghu Iyer, CEO, Rajasthan Royals, said, “With the cricket star programme, we are looking to find and promote talent in Rajasthan and provide an opportunity for the youth to showcase their skills. We were mighty impressed with the talent that Kumar displayed during the ‘Cricket Star Rajasthan’ programme, and we are all very excited about presenting him in the upcoming IPL season.” 

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