He has been instrumental in Mumbai winning its first Vijay Hazare Trophy title in more than a decade. He has represented India A as well. But Tushar Deshpande started trending on social media only after his Indian Premier League debut for Delhi Capitals on Wednesday.

The Mumbai speedster who lives in Kalyan, an eastern suburb more than 60 km far from Shivaji Park Gymkhana in Dadar – his alma mater, was handed an IPL debut by Delhi against Rajasthan Royals.

Interestingly, Deshpande was a ball-boy at the Wankhede Stadium during the IPL’s maiden edition in 2008. “I remember our full under-13 team was at the IPL and I was overawed to see the likes of Dhawal Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar, Pinal Shah, Dwayne Bravo, Shaun Pollock and obviously Sachin Tendulkar in action,” Deshpande had told Sportstar before leaving for the United Arab Emirates.

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