Due to sheer negligence and incorrect reporting, a budding cricketer lost a dream opportunity to play in the 2017 Indian Premier League. Durg-born Harpreet Singh must be cursing his luck after news agencies misunderstood him for Harmeet Singh, a young left-arm spinner from Mumbai, who was arrested for driving his car on Andheri Railway station platform on Monday.
Harpreet Singh was in line to be picked up by an IPL franchise as a reward for his consistent domestic performances. The 25-year old was among the top-scorers in the domestic T20 competition – Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he notched up 211 runs in four games at a strike rate of 145 for Central Zone. His standout inning of 92 off just 51 balls came against South Zone.
Whereas, Harmeet has simply failed to live up to the expectations after showing great promise while playing for India in the Under-19 World Cup under captain Unmukt Chand. His inconsistent performances have not allowed Harmeet to find a place in any of the Mumbai teams. While Harpreet has become a mainstay for Madhya Pradesh and is one of domestic cricket’s most steady performers.
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 22, 2017
However, the incorrect news updates were later corrected but the damage was already done. Harpreet remained unsold at the 2017 auctions. According to a franchise representative, it was the incorrect tweet about Harpreet’s arrest which didn’t allow them to go for his name.
“We wanted to buy him, but as news came of Harpreet’s arrest, we decided not to do so since it would give the franchise a bad image. But later, when the auction got over, we came to know it was Harmeet and not Harpreet,” as quoted by The Indian Express.
On the day of the auction, ANI, on its official handle, tweeted, “Under-19 cricketer Harpreet Singh detained for driving a car straight into Andheri railway station platform last night.”
The tweet has now been deleted from ANI’s official Twitter handle. The agency issued a corrected tweet on Wednesday evening saying, “Incident of driving the car into Andheri Railway Stn platform involved U19 cricketer Harmeet Singh, not Harpreet Singh as reported earlier… Mumbai U-19 cricketer Harmeet Singh who was then arrested for the offence was granted bail by Andheri court thereafter.”
“I’m mentally disturbed… Mera Naam toh kharab ho gaya na (I have got a bad name). How can one clear that? I am getting calls from everyone asking what have you done. I was hoping to be picked up at the IPL auction… When my name came, the franchises must have felt why to take a player who is in police custody. I am not bothered about IPL now, it’s gone. But even if you run a search on my name on Google, the first thing that comes up is that I was arrested,” Harpreet told The Indian Express.
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