Karan Tiwari aka ‘Junior Steyn’ found hanging at his Mumbai residence

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  • Tiwari was extremely distraught for not meeting the selection criteria in the IPL 2020 auctions.

  • Karan attained a reputation of a good net bowler for the Mumbai Indians (MI).

Karan Tiwari aka ‘Junior Steyn’ found hanging at his Mumbai residence
Karan Tiwari with Ashish Nehra

Club cricketer, Karan Tiwari, famous in the Mumbai circuit as ‘Junior Steyn’ was found hanging at his Malad residence on Wednesday. Tiwary’s action was uncannily similar to South African great Dale Steyn.

According to the testimony from his close friend, Karan was distraught after being left out in the auctions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the 2020 season.

Reportedly, the 27-year-old was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his room, on Monday night. The family went suspicious after Karan locked himself up after 10.30 pm at night.

After repeated calls from the family went unheard, the family decided to force open the bedroom door.

Mumbai Police have lodged an Accidental Death Report (ADR) after the unfortunate demise of the Mumbai club cricketer.

“We have registered an ADR and investigations are on,” Babasaheb Salunkhe, senior Police Inspector at Kurar police station told Mid-day.

“Karan called his best friend in Udaipur to inform him that he is going to commit suicide. He was depressed after not getting a chance to play in the IPL. His friend informed Karan’s sister who lives in the same city. His sister called his mother, but by then, it was too late. Karan was declared dead before reaching the hospital,” the police officer briefed further.

“He was hoping to get selected for a state team. He was in talks with a few of them. He was a very promising cricketer and had uploaded his bowling and batting videos on his last WhatsApp status. It is shocking that he chose to take such a drastic step,”

Karan used to live with his brother and mother in his Malad residence. With no matches to look forward to during the COVID-19 hiatus, Tiwari was struggling with depression. This was the reason why he took the harsh step.

According to the BCCI rules, for a cricketer to be eligible for IPL auctions, a player must represent the state team. Despite his performances, the bowler could not make a mark in the state team.

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