The IPL 2018 Auction Room was full of successful business professionals – and when left-handed batting all-rounder Aryaman Birla came up on the list it would be no surprise if his surname rang quite a few bells with the high powered figures present. That’s because his father is one of the most influential people in the business world, and perhaps the most famous tycoon in India – Kumar Mangalam Birla. Aryaman’s base price was 20 lakh and the Royals bidders ended up securing his services for 30 lakh. They might go on to profit massively from their investment.

20 year old Aryaman could no doubt have followed his father into the world of commerce and forged a successful career, but instead he chose to try and make a name for himself in the world of cricket. A degree commerce student from Mumbai, Aryaman chose to play for Madhya Pradesh because there were not enough chances for him in the city. He was selected for the Madhya Pradesh Ranji Trophy team on the back of some solid performances, both with bat and ball, for the Under 23’s team. In five matches and eight innings, Aryaman scored 602 runs with two hundreds and a brilliant double century against Chhattisgarh. Not surprisingly, Birla was declared man of the match following that innings.  The double ton was preceded by centuries against Odisha (153) and Uttar Pradesh (137). He also took 10 wickets with his left-arm spin. Royals fans will be hoping that Aryaman’s brave determination to go his own way rather than taking an easier option in life reaps dividends in Rajasthan colours during the upcoming IPL.