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They came home with mounting debt, then became crorepatis | India News


AThe Bisht man was 19 years old when he left his home, the remote village of Pabhe in Pithoragarh, to make a living in Maharashtra. He had studied up to Class X, had limited prospects at home. He found work as a cook. He didn’t pay much, just enough to survive. But what little he could count on was over when he lost his job in March. Like lakhs in India, he returned home, knowing that there was little to look forward to except mounting debt and hopelessness.
What was initially a reprieve, the IPL fantasy league, finally turned its luck. He won Rs 1 crore by making all the correct decisions in a game between the teams from Punjab and Hyderabad.
Countless applications have made fantasy leagues, where anyone can “create” a team of dream players whose real-time performance is reflected in how fantasy points accumulate, more accessible. And for several young people from the mountain state, what is usually a hobby has turned them into crorepatis.
“My parents are small farmers. They only produce enough for us to survive. There’s not even enough to sell in a market, “said Aman, now 25.” We’ve always lived hand in hand. This was a windfall. ”
The same happened to Darshan Singh Bisht, 24, who worked as a cook in a restaurant in Jaipur but lost his job in April: he had to return home to Thala village in Chamoli.
And for Bhagat Singh Khatri, who was 11 years old when his father died after being electrocuted while doing his job as an electrical operator. Two years later, he moved from his village, Lal Nagari in Uttarakhand’s Almora, in search of work. Now 24 years old, he would work as an assistant in taxi services in Gujarat and Delhi. Then he returned home to work as a laborer. He had to support his mother and his brothers.
Bhagat won one crore in a game between the Kolkata and Hyderabad teams. “You just need basic cricket knowledge. I used to put two or three innings in a game and would focus on players that few selected. I would make high-risk teams, ”Bhagat said.
Some financial investment would also be involved. “I spent 5,000 to 6,000 rupees in the fantasy league. But it was worth it, ”Aman said. Bhagat had spent even more, around 45,000 rupees. “But I don’t think I will play again. I’ve earned enough, ”he said. In fact, he has used most of the money (it was reduced to 70 lakh after taxes) to pay off debts and help some neighbors. “I have seen difficult times. I don’t want anyone else to do it. ”
Darshan, meanwhile, plans a startup with his profits. And Aman is thinking of a restaurant.

Times of India