Wrong name, wrong picture, wrong story cost him IPL berth


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A CASE of mistaken temperament has cost a earnest cricketer dearly. Incorrect amicable media news updates that churned adult a names of one-time Mumbai left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh and surprise Madhya Pradesh batsman Harpreet Singh have resulted in a latter losing a possibility to be picked by an IPL franchise.

During a IPL auction on Monday, several news feeds named Harpreet as a cricketer who was arrested progressing in a day for pushing his automobile true to a height of Andheri railway hire in Mumbai. It was, in fact, Harmeet who had allegedly damaged a law.

The improper news updates were after corrected, though a repairs was done. Harpreet remained unsold during a auction, and a reason, according to a authorization representative, was a improper twitter about his detain that he saw during a auction.

“We wanted to buy him, though as news came of Harpreet’s arrest, we motionless not to do so given it would give a authorization a bad image. But later, when a auction got over, we came to know it was Harmeet and not Harpreet,” pronounced a authorization official.

Both players — Harmeet (24) and Harpreet (25) — represented India during a Junior World Cup, though their paths have diverged given then. While Harmeet no longer finds a place in any of a Mumbai teams, Harpreet has been a buttress for Madhya Pradesh and one of domestic cricket’s many unchanging performers.

On a day of a auction, ANI, on a central handle, tweeted: “Under 19 cricketer Harpreet Singh incarcerated for pushing a automobile true into Andheri railway hire height final night.” The twitter was sandwiched between a updates on a IPL auction.

Even compartment Wednesday, a improper twitter was on a ANI timeline. But after The Indian Express sent a query about a Harmeet-Harpreet mix-up, a group released a corrected twitter on Wednesday evening. “Incident of pushing automobile into Andheri Railway Stn height concerned U19 cricketer Harmeet Singh, not Harpreet Singh as reported earlier… Mumbai U-19 cricketer Harmeet Singh who was afterwards arrested for a offence, was postulated bail by Andheri justice thereafter,” it tweeted.

News group Press Trust of India also poorly named Harpreet in a initial report. It after corrected a mistake though a few websites, compartment late on Wednesday, still named Harpreet as a delinquent and had his sketch as well.

“I’m mentally disturbed… Mera naam toh kharab ho gaya na (I have got a bad name). How can one transparent that? we am removing calls from everybody seeking what have we done. we was anticipating to be picked adult during a IPL auction… When my name came, a franchises contingency have felt because take a actor who is in military custody. we am not worried about IPL now, it’s gone. But even if we run a hunt on my name on Google, a initial thing that comes adult is that we was arrested,” Harpreet told The Indian Express.

Before a auction, Harpreet was in a abounding capillary of form and among a favourites to make it to a IPL. In a week before a auction, he was a tip scorer in domestic cricket’s premier T20 tournament, a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Appearing for Central Zone, he many-sided 211 runs in 4 games, with a strike rate touching 145. His standout inning was a whirlwind 92 off 51 balls opposite South Zone. He also scored dual other half centuries.

Now, his IPL dreams hang by a thread. “All is not mislaid for him. If someone gets injured, we’ll collect Harpreet as initial choice,” pronounced a authorization representative.

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