J&K Cricketer shines in IPL, hogged limelight with his batting

Aman Zutshi

Jammu: J&K youngest leg-spinning all-rounder Vivrant Sharma on Sunday has hogged the limelight by scoring fastest 69 runs  in 47 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

Vivrant, the 23-year-old emerging cricket star from Jammu, was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 2.60 crore — 13-fold his base price — at the IPL mini-auction in Kochi this year.

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Vivrant Sharma was born on 30 October 1999 in Jammu. He pursued his schooling in BSF senior secondary school and shifted his focus to cricket post his intermediate studies.

After losing his father Sushil Sharma at the age of 14 to a kidney failure, Vivrant’s brother Vikrant took over the family responsibilities and made Vivrant concentrate on developing his cricket skills.

Vivrant started off as a right-handed batter, but in his sixth standard, following the footsteps of his brother Vikrant, he switched to become a left-handed batter and a leg spin bowler.