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Vizag’s Nitish most expensive player in APL auction

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Nitish Kumar Reddy, a young cricketing talent from the city, has every reason to celebrate. As a formidable all-rounder for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in this IPL season, the 20-year-old has achieved a new milestone by becoming the most expensive player of the APL’s third season. The Godavari Titans secured Nitish for a staggering Rs 15.6 lakh during the auction held on May 16.
Nitish’s performance in the IPL has been nothing short of remarkable, delivering several match-winning innings, including two fifties, maintaining an average of 47, and boasting a strike rate of 153. However, his journey to success has been anything but smooth. Nitish credits his achievements to the sacrifices made by his parents, particularly his father, Mutyala Reddy, an employee of a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), and his mother, Manasa.
Hailing from Tunglam near Gajuwaka, Nitish’s passion for cricket ignited at the age of six. He began his training at summer coaching camps and quickly progressed to secure positions in district and higher-level teams. The real challenge began eight years ago when the PSU where his father worked shut down, leading to his transfer to Rajasthan. “My father quit his job, even though he had 25 years left until retirement, to support my cricket training in Vizag. He faced a lot of criticism for this decision, but he always encouraged me to follow my dream,” Nitish recalls. The family moved to Madhurawada from Tunglam, and Nitish continued his training with unwavering support from his parents. Nitish, who now plays for the Andhra team in Ranji Trophy, also acknowledges the significant support he received from the Andhra Cricket Association (ACA). When asked about his role models, Nitish enthusiastically mentions, “Bhuvneswar Kumar and AB de Villiers inspired me a lot, but Virat Kohli is my idol.”
Reflecting on the family’s journey, Mutyala Reddy says, “Nitish spent many sleepless nights honing his skills. His belief in himself has truly paid off. I hope to see him play for Team India soon.” Explaining his decision to leave his job, he adds, “I dreamt of being a kabaddi player when I was young, but couldn’t pursue it. I see my success in Nitish every time he makes his team proud.” Nitish Kumar Reddy’s story is a testament to perseverance, family support, and

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