From tent to Trident: Salman’s journey as a CSK net bowler

 Salman Khan, 22, provides a virtual tour of his posh hotel to his family, who live in a small tent at Mumbai’s Cross Maidan, where his father works as a groundsman.

Barring his father Idris, none of his family members knew where Maldives is and why it is famous.

But since being roped in by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as a net bowler for the ongoing Indian Premier League season, Salman has been living the high life, even if on a temporary basis.

He says his conversations back home are unusual these days. His father not only asks him about what happened at the nets,

 but also about the hotel he is stationed in. Whether he met Mahendra Singh Dhoni and what did he tell him.

The iconic hotel at Nariman Point has been a landmark for Mumbaikars and Salman hadn’t seen it from inside, until CSK happened.

Over the years, his father has rolled pitches and seen many boys becoming stars overnight and now the family hopes that Salman can change the fortunes of the family.

“One day, I got a call from a Chennai Super Kings official asking me whether I can join as a net bowler for this season. 

Later, I got to know my name was recommended by (Mumbai player) Tushar Deshpande.

I was excited because I will get a chance to learn, otherwise I would be just playing club cricket,” Salman said over phone.