Mumbai pacer, Karan Tiwari, who was reportedly suffering from severe depression after missing his selection for IPL 2020, was found dead in his Malad house on Monday night.
Famously referred to as ‘Junior Steyn’ due to the identical bowling action as that of South African legend, Dale Steyn, Karan was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his room.
According to a local Indian source, the 27-year-old’s family were suspicious after he kept his room locked for a long period of time. However, they forced open his bedroom door after their questions went unheard.
Mumbai Police have registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR) post the incident. Babasaheb Salunkhe, senior Police Inspector at Kurar police station told Mid-Day,
“We have registered an ADR and investigations are on.” Revealed the Police, while adding that Karan was under depression because he couldn’t get through any of the 8 IPL teams, in 13th edition, which will commence from 19 September in UAE.
“Karan called his best friend in Udaipur to inform him that he is going to commit suicide. He was depressed after not getting a chance to play in the IPL. His friend informed Karan’s sister who lives in the same city. His sister called his mother, but by then, it was too late. Karan was declared dead before reaching the hospital.” the Police statement added.
According to BCCI rules, only if a player has represented state team, he is eligible to contest for the IPL auction. Crictracker added that Karan had a decent amount of experience bowling to IPL teams at Mumbai Indians’ (MI) home ground, the Wankhede Stadium.
Karan’s close friend shared a few wods on the incident.
“He was hoping to get selected for a state team. He was in talks with a few of them. He was a very promising cricketer and had uploaded his bowling and batting videos on his last WhatsApp status. It is shocking that he chose to take such a drastic step. Police sources also said that Karan was tense as he had no job.
He played for Souvenir Cricket Club and United Friends Sports Club and recently completed a Level 1 coaching course,”
According to Karan’s past records, he wasn’t able to leave an impression mark at the state level but continued playing for club cricket and also represented at the local level.