Playing cricket in India these days including the Indian Premier League brings a lot of money. Cricketers’ net worth has gone up with each passing day considering they earn so much both from on and off the field. But have you ever wondered who is the richest Indian cricketer? Aryaman Birla is the name.
The youngest descendent of the Birla family, Aryaman chose to divert from their family business and pursue a career in cricket. Aryaman was next-in-line to join the towering commodity of business his family own, but he decided to follow his passion. He took small steps in realising his dream and one must say has the composure to attain greater heights leave alone the passion.
Son of the billionaire industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, Aryaman Birla left Mumbai when he was 17-year-old to pursue his dream. He trained three months in England before plunging his way through the district trials in Madhya Pradesh. The left-handed opening batsman worked hard for four years in age-group cricket before receiving his Ranji cap in 2017.
The net worth of Aryaman Birla
The 22-year-old would be dealing in billions had he ventured into his family business, i.e. Aditya Birla Group. So, his father alone has a massive net worth of Rs 70 thousand crores. And, according to Business Insider, since Kumar Mangalam Birla took over in 1995, the business has grown 26-fold, from $1.6 billion to $41 billion in 2015.
Aditya Birla Group has a strong hold in a couple of industries – metal, cement, telecom, and retail. As per reports in March 2019, their total revenue is around $48 billion. Eventually, Aryaman Biral would be the successor of this gigantic net worth.
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Aryaman Birla’s love for the game
He has so far featured in nine first-class games, eight of which came during the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy. The highlight was his maiden first-class century against Bengal at Eden Gardens in his third first-class game, which helped Madhya Pradesh salvage a hard-fought draw.
Rajasthan Royals also drafted him in their squad in the Indian Premier League. However, a series of injuries and setbacks forced Aryaman Birla to take an indefinite break from cricket last year citing anxiety and mental stress.
“I’ve felt trapped. I’ve pushed myself through all the distress so far, but now I feel the need to put my mental health and wellbeing above all else,” he wrote on Instagram. “We all have our own journeys and I want to take this time to understand myself better, open my mind to new and varied perspectives and seek purpose in my findings,” he had said while announcing his sabbatical.
It remains to be seen when he decides to come back to his favourite sport and realise his dream of playing for India. Aryaman Birla has shown some sparks to play at the highest level but it will require a lot of determination and grit. As of now, the young billionaire is focusing on fitness levels and we hope he returns to the field very soon.