Press Esc to close
Tuesday 31 May 2016
News updated at 1:48 AM IST
Weather
Max: 28.4°C
Min : 19.9°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

From club cricket to IPL: Chandila's rise grabbed eyeballs

New Delhi, May 16, 2013 (PTI)
Ajit Chandila PTI File Image

Before taking a hat-trick against Pune Warriors in the last edition of IPL, there wasn't much information available on Ajit Chandila's cricketing credentials save that he was a 'club-level' off-spinner who plied his trade in 'Hot Weather' tournaments across Delhi.

The lanky off-spinner grabbed a lot of eyeballs when Rajasthan Royals decided to field him in the playing XI.

Haryana, the state he represents in domestic cricket, didn't find him fit enough to play more than two Ranji Trophy games back in 2010, after his action came under scanner and he was sent for correction at the NCA

There were a lot of questions raised about how he landed an IPL contract.

"He used to be a decent club cricketer. He would play for Air India in Hot Weather tournaments like Lala Raghubir, Om Nath Sood etc. One never thought that he will land an IPL contract. He got a hat-trick, but trust me, lot of people thought that he was an over-achiever," a DDCA official, who has seen Chandila for the past decade told PTI.

"He is above 30 now (Cricinfo says 29 years and 162 days) and it was certainly surprising when a near-30 club cricketer gets an IPL contract out of nowhere."

A resident of Faridabad, Chandila has played for non descript clubs like Hari Singh Cricket Academy in Ghaziabad, Kishengunj Club for measly sums like Rs 1500, 2000 per match.

Interestingly, some seven years back in 2006, Chandila was playing for Taltala Institute in Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB)'s second division league.

"He got a payment of around Rs 2000 per match and accommodation as he was an outstation cricketer. He was one of the many who came from Delhi and NCR region to make some quick money playing club cricket," recollected a CAB official.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
HP Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh addresses a Youth Congress rally in Mandi ...

HP Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh addresses a Youth Congress rally in Mandi ...

Stranded passengers facing a harrowing time due to 'rail roko' protest by the activists of Hills ...

Stranded passengers facing a harrowing time due to 'rail roko' protest by the activists of Hills ...

Farmers holding a rally against the BJP government on the issue of farmers suicide in Thane ...

Farmers holding a rally against the BJP government on the issue of farmers suicide in Thane ...

People from Biafra State (Nigeria) holding a protest for the release of their leader Nnamdi Kanu ...

People from Biafra State (Nigeria) holding a protest for the release of their leader Nnamdi Kanu ...

A man along with kid displays no-smoking messages on their faces on the eve of 'World No Tobacco Day

A man along with kid displays no-smoking messages on their faces on the eve of 'World No Tobacco Day

Activists of Hills and Tribe Protection Forum block the railway tracks of Diphu railway station ....

Activists of Hills and Tribe Protection Forum block the railway tracks of Diphu railway station ....

Police spray water cannon to disperse BJP members during a protest against congress president Sonia

Police spray water cannon to disperse BJP members during a protest against congress president Sonia

Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrates with VIVO 2016 IPL champiionship Trophy after winning the...

Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrates with VIVO 2016 IPL champiionship Trophy after winning the...

Sunrisers Hyderabad Ben Cutting (C) celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle during the IPL 2016...

Sunrisers Hyderabad Ben Cutting (C) celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle during the IPL 2016...

Royal Challengers Bengaluru player Chris Gayle raises his bat towards crowd against Sunrisers...

Royal Challengers Bengaluru player Chris Gayle raises his bat towards crowd against Sunrisers...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523