Sameer Rizvi is one such name that has become a headlines in recent times. A 20-year-old cricketer from UP becomes the most expensive uncapped player for CSK.
Shockingly, the young cricketer surpassed the price of Rachin Ravindra– New Zealand’s star performer in the World Cup 2023.
As a result, the franchise’s move with a different strategy to acquire an uncapped player at the most expensive price left many CSK fans questioning:
- Who is Sameer Rizvi?
- How did Sameer Rizvi’s cricketing career start?
- Why did CSK invest a huge amount of INR 8.4 crores in Sameer Rizvi?
- Is Sameer Rizvi the most expensive uncapped player in IPL history?
- How did Sameer Rizvi grab the attention of MS Dhoni?
- Why is Sameer Rizvi often compared to Suresh Raina?
A detailed discussion of the answers to the aforesaid questions will be interesting…
Sameer Rizvi, an Indian cricketer was born on 6th December 2003 in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.
His father Haseen Loiya Rizvi is a property dealer and his mother Ruksana Rizvi, is a housewife. Sameer Rizvi’s brother Ruksana Rizvi, is an entrepreneur.
Sammer Rizvi started his education late and recently passed his 10th examination at the age of 20 years.
Tankeeb Akhtar, Sameer Rizvi’s maternal uncle, played a major role in nurturing the cricketer’s talent at an early stage. When Sameer was 4 to 5 years old, his uncle, acting as a coach, accompanied him during the practice and explored his special talents. Moreover, his uncle runs a private cricket club and the experience aided the hard work to support Sameer’s talent.
Eventually, Sameer worked on his skills as a right-handed-handed batsman, which fetched stardom in the T20 League matches.
How did Sameer Rizvi’s Cricketing Career start: His journey from a debut cricketer to CSK’s most expensive uncapped player
Sameer Rizvi’s journey from a debut cricketer in domestic matches to the most expensive uncapped player is remarkable.
In 2020, Sameer Rizvi made his first-class debut in the Ranji Trophy representing Uttar Pradesh.
Similarly, he made his List-A debut in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22 and played his first match in the tournament on 11th December 2022.
Furthermore, Sameer Rizvi made his T20 debut against Manipur in 2022. At an average of 134.70, he scored 295 runs in 11 matches.
Sameer’s rise to league matches intensified by delivering an impressive performance in the inaugural edition of the UPT20 League. As a captain and Batsman, his contribution to the team Kanpur Superstars grabbed the attention of every cricket enthusiast.
Sameer’s exceptional performance, with 455 runs in 9 innings, proved that he could become the future of the Indian cricket team. Notably, the 20-year-old cricketer smashed 35 sixes in the tournament.
Later, Sameer Rizvi as captain represented Uttar Pradesh in the Men’s U-23 State A Championship. His leadership skills in the tournament guided his team to a triumph against Uttarakhand in the finals.
Exactly after three-and-a-half years, Sameer Rizvi made his entry into CSK, starting his journey with the Ranji Trophy in 2020.
Sameer Rizvi, an explosive middle-order batsman made CSK invest a huge amount of INR 8.4 crores in the IPL 2024 auction.
Recently, on 3rd December 2023, Sameer Rizvi played a crucial knock of 61 runs from 70 balls( including 2 fours and 3 sixes), in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2023.
His crucial performance steered Uttar Pradesh to a successful run chase by scoring 255-4 in 50 overs. Finally, his team won the match by 6 wickets with the brilliant efforts of Sameer.
Perhaps, CSK might have selected Sameer Rizvi to intensify the middle-order gap in the absence of Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina.
Initially, CSK opened up the bidding war with Sameer Rizvi’s base price of INR 20 lakhs. The amount skyrocketed to above INR 1 crore when Gujarat Titans joined the race.
Within no time, the price propelled up to Rs 6 crores. Though Delhi Capitals launched a last-minute attack, with Gujarat Titans still hanging in the contest. But, it was too late, as Chennai Super Kings grabbed the young talent for INR 8.40 crores.
Sameer Rizvi is the 7th most expensive uncapped player in IPL history as the costliest uncapped player in the IPL 2024 auction.
The outstanding performance in domestic cricket with the ability to smash huge sixes, made Sameer Rizvi grab the attention of MS Dhoni.
Mainly, Ambati Rayudu’s retirement created a huge gap in CSK’s middle order.
Furthermore, Dhoni’s aging squad of CSK needs to be intensified by injecting young talented cricketers.
Sameer Rizvi’s ability to chase targets and accumulate huge runs on the board makes him a perfect choice for CSK.
His batting style resembles the former CSK batsman Suresh Raina, who probably might have impressed the yellow army in the IPL.
Additionally, as an off-spin bowler, Sameer can grab crucial wickets for his team.
The parallelism in executing the often straight drives makes Sameer Rizvi often compared to Suresh Raina.
Suresh Raina’s signature shot by transferring the weight to the front foot and another foot lifted in the air marks similarity with Sameer Rizvi.
Following the IPL auction, CSK fans popularly tagged him as “right-handed Suresh Raina”.
Apart from the batting skills, Sameer shares another feature with Suresh Raina. As a handy spin bowler, he can prove to be a valuable asset for the CSK bowling unit in any IPL match.
After the event, Suresh Raina greeted Sameer Rizvi with a warm welcome note on Instagram. Furthermore, Suresh Raina stated that the young cricketer will surely have an amazing experience with the franchise in the forthcoming edition.
Overall, Sameer Rizvi’s dual skill with the bat and ball seals a spot in the middle-order by adding versatility to the game.