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Working his way up against odds

cricket Updated: Nov 03, 2012 23:52 IST
Firoz Mirza
Firoz Mirza
Hindustan Times
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Satyam Choudhary had a few years back bought a bike for his father, who works as a security guard in a private firm. The young cricketer paid for it from the money he made as match fee playing for his state team.

The 21-year-old Satyam, who hails from Indore, can now think of buying something more expensive for his parents and younger brother, for soon he would be pocketing Rs. 50,000 for emerging the best under-22 cricketer in the country (2011-12).

The BCCI has selected him for the MA Chidambaram Trophy for his prolific season in which he scored 719 runs, including two centuries and three half-centuries in eight matches. The award will be given to the cricketer on November 21 in Mumbai.

"Obviously, my parents are proud. It's a nice feeling when your talent is recognised," said an elated Satyam. But the icing on the cake is that he will be sharing the spotlight with the legendary Sunil Gavaskar - who is getting the lifetime achievement award -and Virat Kohli, winner of the Polly Umrigar Award, during the BCCI Awards ceremony.

"I am excited and waiting for the grand moment."