The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been an instant hit. It is recognised as the top notch franchise T20 leagues and every cricketer — budding or veteran — dream of plying their trade in it. It is not only because of the quality and standard the IPL has set over the years but also due to money poured on a player.
The IPL 2020 auction saw Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) breaking their banks to fetch top fast bowler Pat Cummins. He became the most expensive international player with price tag of Rs. 15. 50 crore. The big money spending, depending upon the players, has been effected them in good and bad ways.
With massive IPL contract a player forgets his identity: Varun Aaron
Out of favour India fast bowler Varun Aaron has been a regular feature in the IPL. He has played for KKR in the initial years before moving to Delhi Daredevils and later to RCB. Aaron was with Rajastan Royals in 2019 and believes massive contracts changes a player. He claimed that youngsters start changing their appearances and often forget their original identity.
“Today I see a lot of youngsters forget where they’ve come from and their roots and what their journey has been ever since they were kids. A youngster say 21 or 22, gets a massive IPL contract will go straight from wearing certain normal clothes brand to certain branded clothes and think that’s his identity,” Varun said while speaking in the third session of ”Mind, Body and Soul”, a platform brought forward by The Royal Rajasthan Foundation, in association with NS Vahia Foundation & McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School Affiliate).
“Yes, he’s worked hard for that contract but as an individual one should never forget their roots. I see youngsters not being able to separate between what”s real and what”s not and they tend to forget respect for the people who were part of their journey.
Aaron has featured in 47 IPL matches picking up 42 wickets.