Some Lesser Known Facts About Mukesh Choudhary
- Mukesh Choudhary is an Indian cricketer who is known for giving an amazing performance in IPL 2022.
- He made his debut in domestic cricket and represented Maharashtra in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy on 9 November 2017. On 7 October 2019, he played for Maharashtra in the 2019–20 Vijay Hazare Trophy. On 8 November 2019, he played for Maharashtra in the 2019–20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
- In an interview, his coach, Surendra Bhave, talked about him and said,
I saw this young lanky boy with a good action, good landing and ability to clock 125 kmph on consistent basis. We did some fine-tuning but he was getting wasted in my club. To play for Maharashtra he had to play in a big team who could give him the opportunity to play in invitational tournaments. It’s only then that he came on the selectors’ radar.”
- When he was young, the other boys in his village who were elder to him did not let him bat or bowl on the field. In class four, his father admitted him to a boarding school because there was no cricket academy in his village. In the boarding school, he tried to play other sports like basketball, volleyball, and hockey.
- After taking admission to boarding school, he started playing cricket matches with a leather ball and after playing some matches, he gained interest in cricket and lost interest in academics. He started playing cricket professionally, but did not tell his parents about his interest. He used to send the newspaper cutting of his photo to his parents. His father was happy with his appearance in the newspaper, but he always asked him to focus on his studies.
- In an interview, his father talked about Mukesh and said,
It was an amazing feeling to watch him play live and do so well, in fact I don’t know how to describe the happiness in words. We had only watched him live on the internet earlier. Before the Mushtaq Ali T20s in Lucknow (in 2021), he called and asked us to subscribe to Hotstar to be able to watch him play. But this experience was something else.”
- When he was seventeen years old and was living in an apartment in Pune, his neighbour, Vaishali Sawant, used to take care of him and made sure that he went to practice every day. He calls his neighbour ‘Didi.’ In an interview, his neighbour, talked about him and said,
I asked him can I keep my flat’s furniture in his flat for some time, so that I can get my interior work done at my home. He had refused then and he didn’t even help us to move the furniture. When he refused, I asked him, family ne manners nahi diye hai hai kya? He might have realised his mistake and he agreed to help. There were days when he fell ill. He used to feel lonely. I used to ensure that my family takes care of him like our own child.”
- In 2015, he joined Twenty 2 Yards Specialized Cricket Academy, Pune.
- In an interview, he talked about how much his family supported him in his cricket journey even after being a middle-class family. He further said,
My journey has been difficult but my family supported me. When I was alone in Pune, my sister supported me a lot. Food, physically, mentally… even when I was down at times, my sister would send me to the ground forcefully. Without her I wouldn’t have been able to do well. Even when I was selected, she told me to think about the next steps and do well.”
- In February 2022, he was bought by Chennai Super Kings in the auction for a price of Rs. 20 lakh.
- On 5 May 2022, in the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings, Mukesh was bowling to Virat Kohli and by mistake, he hit Virat Kohli with the ball, and immediately said sorry to him. Many news articles stated that instead of being angry with Mukesh, Virat smiled at him and forgave him.
— Patidarfan (@patidarfan) May 4, 2022