Ankit Sharma, an IIT aspirant from Delhi, was today taken to task by his father who was of the opinion that his son was wasting his time preparing for IIT when he should be practicing some cricketing shots. The ongoing IPL auctions have once again given Sharmaji an opportunity to poke his son about his career choice.
Mr. Sharma, who has been critical of his son for choosing engineering over cricket, was discussing the topic which has always been a flash point between the father and son.
“I don’t know what’s taken over him. Kehta hai IIT mein jaana hai, when there are much better ‘high paying’ options available. These IIT passouts spend 4 years studying and land jobs that give 1 Cr salary annually. Compare that with 15 Cr bids on IPL players. That too for a single season. Not to mention the endorsement deals and the continuous media attention,” said Mr. Sharma.
“Look at the bids. I mean just look the bids. What is the point in slogging for 4 years and then landing a job which pays you less than the base price of Irfan Pathan. The only slog he should be thinking of is the slog over,” he added.
The senior Sharma even went ahead to state that he’d become the Dangal father and put his son through rigorous training sessions just so that he gets selected for IPL. “I will become a Haanikarak bapu if my IIT obsessed son doesn’t mend his ways,” he threatened.
In his defence Ankit pointed out that cricket is like most other fields and talent is a pre-requisite. “I do enjoy watching cricket and have been part of a gully cricket team. But I don’t think that would be enough to qualify,” he pointed out. But his father would have none of his explanation and even stating example of ‘Rohit Sharma’s’ talent to prove his point.
A report by a local newspaper pointed out how many parents are now pushing their kids towards the cash rich IPL while ignoring traditional courses like engineering and medicine.
The Mishra’s, another ‘cricket loving’ family from Delhi, echoed similar sentiments and are doing everything possible to ensure that their son takes up the game. Their only concern now is the younger son who is neither good in studies nor cricket. “He is totally useless. I mean totally. Not good at anything at all. Maybe he’ll take up politics,” said Mr. Mishra.