At the young age of 15, Kumar Kartikeya left his home to become something. Safe to say he has. In the 9 years from then to now, he played Vijay Hazare Trophy, Ranji Trophy, and most recently, the Indian Premier League where he made his debut in 2022.

Kumar Kartikeya
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Having achieved what he had set out to, Kartikeya finally went back home. After almost a decade. It seems unbelievable but is in fact, true. He did not see his family all this while. That changed today. 

He posted a picture with his mother on his Twitter account and captioned it: "Met my family and mumma after 9 years 3 months . Unable to express my feelings (sic)".

When asked about his decision to not go back home for such a long time, he told Dainik Jagran:

I haven't been home for 9 years. I'd decided to return home only when I achieve something in life. My mom and dad called me frequently, but I was committed. Now, finally, I'll return home after the IPL. My coach Sanjay sir had suggested my name for Madhya Pradesh. In the first year, my name came up in the Under-23 team as a standby player, and I felt a huge sense of relief to see my name on the list.

Such commitment is unfathomable, and people are reacting to it on the internet. 

Kumar Kartikeya played 4 matches for Mumbai Indians this year and scalped 5 wickets for a strike rate of 15.60. He earned great compliments for his bowling and it looks like he did make it, after all.