Dhoni’s Commitment to Gujarat Titans’ INR 3.60 Crore Purchase as a Tribute to his Father

Dhoni’s Commitment to Gujarat Titans’ INR 3.60 Crore Purchase as a Tribute to his Father

Robin Minz, a left-handed wicketkeeper, participated in IPL after being selected in the Gujarat Titans squad. Minz, at the age of 21, made history as the first tribal cricketer in the IPL. He was initially valued at INR 20 lakh but ended up securing a staggering paycheque of INR 3.6 crore after a fierce bidding war between Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans.

Minz, a talented left-handed wicketkeeper known for his powerful hitting abilities, has not made his professional cricket debut but has impressed with his skills in the middle order. He has represented Jharkhand U19 and U25 teams and attended a training camp with the Mumbai Indians. His dedication to training and experience in England have made him a highly sought-after player in the IPL auction.

Despite not securing a spot in the Delhi team during the 2023 IPL auction, Minz, who considers MS Dhoni as his idol, remained determined. His father, Francis Xavier Minz, a retired Army veteran working as a security guard at Ranchi airport, was overjoyed when he received the news of Robin’s selection for a staggering sum of Rs 3.60 crore during the IPL 2024 auction. Francis and Robin share a deep passion for sports, particularly athletics, and cricket has been a significant part of Robin’s life in Ranchi.

Francis also revealed that Dhoni had promised to include Robin in his team if no one selected him during the auction. “I had met Dhoni at the airport recently. He told me Francisji koi nahi lega toh hum le lenge. (If no one picks him, we will),” he said.

Robin Minz was selected for the Gujarat Titans squad after impressing during selection trials for many IPL franchises, making history as the first tribal cricketer to participate in the Indian Premier League. At 21, his strong performance in the bidding war between the Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans led to a staggering paycheque of INR 3.6 crore, 18 times his base price. Minz, a talented left-handed wicketkeeper known for his powerful hitting abilities, has represented Jharkhand U19 and U25 teams, and has trained with the Mumbai Indians. His father, Francis Xavier Minz, a retired Army veteran working as a security guard at Ranchi airport, was overjoyed when he received the news of Robin’s selection for the IPL. Dhoni had also promised to include Robin in his team if he wasn’t selected during the auction.

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