Digvijay Deshmukh - who played the role of Ali in the 2013 movie Kai Po Che! - has bagged a place in Mumbai Indians' team after recently concluded Indian Premier League auctions.
Interestingly, his character was also that of a cricketer in the movie.
Digvijay was bought for ₹ 20 Lakhs by MI, who will be playing to retain their title this year. He made his debut for Maharashtra during this year's Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, where he took 9 wickets in 7 matches.
Guyssss!!— Vinesh Prabhu (@vlp1994) December 19, 2019
Remember that kid in Kai Po Che whom @itsSSR trains and helps him to become an international cricketer?
He is now picked up by @mipaltan for 20 lakhs. His name is Digvijay Deshmukh... What a story! #IPLAuction #IPL2020 pic.twitter.com/k0Lsz4VwOh
Digvijay Deshmukh who’s now part of the Mumbai Indians has acted in the movie ‘Kai Po Che’— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) December 21, 2019
He played the role of Ali — a shy little boy who played marbles & hit sixes effortlessly in the movie@mipaltan #IPLAuction2020
And right after his call-up, he made his Ranji Trophy debut, where he scalped 6 wickets and scored 83 runs in Maharashtra's second innings.
Digvijay had earlier admitted that he never wanted to be an actor and took up the role in Kai Po Che!, only because he could be a cricketer in it.
Yes, I am Digvijay and I acted as Ali in that movie Kai Po Che. But I was never an actor and always a cricketer. Now I am slowly realising my dream.