Talent hunt winner Boresa earns Rajasthan Royals contract

Jaipur, April 4 (IANS) Rajasthan Royals Thursday awarded a Rs.10 lakh Indian Premier League (IPL) contract to 18-year-old Kumar Boresa.

Boresa was the winner of the 'Cricket Star Rajasthan 2012' - a talent hunt presented by Rajasthan Royals and Dainik Bhaskar and sponsored by Sanskar School to unearth cricketing talent in Rajasthan. The programme was organised in Rajasthan from September to November last year.

It included an SMS-based application system following which the applicants were tested on various skills in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur by coach Monty Desai. The top candidates from all these centres were called to Jaipur for the Cricket Star Academy and after three days of matches, Boresa from Pali was chosen for his fine spin bowling, all-round skills, discipline, enthusiasm and fair play.

While initially the grand prize was an internship with the Royals, the young lad impressed all prompting the team management to upgrade his internship to a full one-year contract.

The left-arm spinner, who plays for Pali District Cricket Association, has represented Rajasthan U-16 team in the Vijay Merchant Trophy in 2009 and 2010. The Class 10 student has also led the Stanford School team in many districts and state-level tournaments.

"I used to see the big players on television and never imagined I would get a chance to meet them or practise with them. It is an unforgettable moment for me, my family and my seniors who have always supported and helped me excel in cricket. I am grateful to Rajasthan Royals for giving me such an opportunity," Boresa said.

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