Rajasthan Royals bought Aryaman Vikram Birla, son of industrialist and the chairman of Aditya Birla Group, Kumar Mangalam Birla, at the IPL auction for Rs 30 lakh. The mega-auction had quoted a base price of Rs 20 lakh for the player.
The 20-year old Aryaman failed to attract any bidders in the first round of auction. However, in the second session, Aryaman’s name was brought up from the unsold list and Rajasthan Royals was quick to makes its purchase.
The left-hand batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler has played only one first-class match while representing Madhya Pradesh against Odisha in Indore in November 2017.
Well, the youngster stole the spotlight with a well crafted 153-run knock against Odisha in the Under-23 Col CK Nayudu Trophy last year from which he emerged as the top-run scorer with 795 runs from six matches that could have only allured the franchises to bid for the left-handed batsman.
Aryaman also took to Twitter, thanking Rajasthan Royals. He also went on to say, “Being a part of this team is a real honour and an amazing opportunity for me. I think there is going to be so much to learn from the team.”
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) January 28, 2018
Meanwhile, his father Kumar Mangalam Birla is already established in the field of business and needs no introduction. With an eye-popping net worth of close to $12.6 billion, the chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science is also a Hon. Fellow from the London Business School and a Chartered Accountant from ICAI (India).
The 50-year old is also a major educationist and is the chairman of IIT Delhi, IIM Ahmedabad apart from serving as the chairman of the Rhodes India Scholarship Committee for the Oxford University.
While Birla continues to rake in the riches and contribute to the meteoric rise of the business industry, his son will embark on another milestone and will play along with some great names in the IPL.