The 24-year-old took to Twitter to post a photo with his mum to express his joy.
“I met my family and my mom after 9 years and 3 months. Unable to express my feelings,” Kartikeya wrote with the photo.
I met my family and my mom ❤️ after 9 years and 3 months. Can’t express my feelings 🤐#MumbaiIndians #IPL2022 https://t.co/OX4bnuXlcw
— Kartikeya Singh (@Imkartikeya26) 1659494122000
Notably, Kartikeya had earlier said that he would not return home until he had become something in life. In May, he said he would return home after the end of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) where he made his debut.
“I haven’t been home for 9 years. I had decided to come home only when I had achieved something in life. My mother and father often called me, but I was engaged .Now finally i will go home after IPL.My coach Sanjay sir had suggested my name for Madhya Pradesh.The first year my name appeared in the U23 team as a player in waiting, and I felt a huge relief to see my name on the list,” Kartikeya told Dainik Jagran.
The bowler made his first-class debut in 2018, doing a traditional left-arm spin, but it wasn’t until Mumbai Indians signed him midway through. IPL 2022 and he transitioned to left arm wrist spin in bowling with an array of variations, his career kicked into another gear.
He made his IPL debut in MI’s game against Chennai Super Kings on April 30 at DY Patil Sports Academy. In four games, the tweaker won five wickets at an economy rate of 7.85.
The IPL may have brought recognition to Kartikeya, but the pinnacle of his career came in first-class cricket, when he scripted a fairy tale, propelling Madhya Pradesh to their maiden Ranji Trophy title with his left arm rotation.
In the final against Mumbai at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, Kartikeya took five wickets including a four wicket in the second leg. He ended up taking 32 wickets in the season, finishing in second place on the wicket-takers table. The success of the red ball was huge as he proved he was no one trick pony.