Mumbai's 'Junior Steyn' Karan Tiwari found hanging in house after slipping off the IPL selection

Mumbai Police have registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR) post this incident.

Karan Tiwari and Ashish Nehra
Karan Tiwari and Ashish Nehra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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Mumbai club cricketer, Karan Tiwari was found dead at his Malad residence on Monday night. He was popularly referred to as ‘Junior Steyn’ due to the identical bowling action and physique of South African stunner, Dale Steyn. A close friend revealed that Tiwari was under severe depression after missing his selection for IPL 2020.

He was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his room, on Monday night at his home in Konu Compound, Gokuldham. The family went suspicious after he kept his room locked for a long period of time around 10:30 pm, but forced open his bedroom door after their questions went unheard for some time.

Mumbai Police have registered an Accidental Death Report (ADR) post this incident. Babasaheb Salunkhe, senior Police Inspector at Kurar police station told mid-day, “We have registered an ADR and investigations are on.” Police cited the same reason, that Karan was under depression because he couldn’t get through any of the 8 IPL teams, in 13th edition, which will commence from 19 September in UAE.

Karan Tiwari informed his best friend that he’s going to commit suicide

Police Sources also informed, “Karan called his best friend in Udaipur to inform him that he is going to commit suicide. He was depressed after not getting a chance to play in the IPL. His friend informed Karan’s sister who lives in the same city. His sister called his mother, but by then, it was too late. Karan was declared dead before reaching the hospital.”

As per BCCI rules, only if a player has represented state team in any age group category, he is eligible to contest for IPL auction. As per sources, Karan also had a fair experience of bowling to IPL teams at Mumbai Indians’ home ground, Wankhede Stadium.

Speaking on the same, Karan’s close friend said, “He was hoping to get selected for a state team. He was in talks with a few of them. He was a very promising cricketer and had uploaded his bowling and batting videos on his last WhatsApp status. It is shocking that he chose to take such a drastic step. Police sources also said that Karan was tense as he had no job. He played for Souvenir Cricket Club and United Friends Sports Club and recently completed a Level 1 coaching course.”

As per Karan’s past records, he wasn’t able to make a mark at state level cricket for all these years but he had fair experience on his part, playing for club cricket. He also represented at the local level where he used to perform well enough but missing IPL selection forced him to initiate life-threatening step.