Karan Patel, becomes the first player of Indian origin to be picked up by Major League Baseball side Chicago White Sox. He is the son of Kuldeep Patel who played international cricket for the United States team.
“It’s very special for the Indian community here. Many kids are now starting to believe they can excel in American sports too. The senior players in the MLB are starting to know that I am the first of Indian origin to be among them and they are quite in awe,” said Karan
About 35years ago, Kuldeep travelled to North Carolina only to help his Uncle set up his restaurant. Nevertheless, he was passionate about sports. He seems to have transferred that to his son who chose baseball and is now about to realise his dream. Kuldeep is now a hotelier in Houston.
According to him, Indian parents in the States push their children towards academics and don’t want them to play many other sports apart from cricket.
Karan was a two-sport athlete who even represented USA in U-19 cricket in 2015 but has now found himself in baseball. The fact that he was a bowling all-rounder has helped him become a better pitcher in baseball and the high-arm action makes him a standout.
Karan also proudly spoke about how his selection in MLB has inspired the Indian-origin kids and shown them that they can excel in American sports too.
In 2008, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel were picked by MLB from India through a talent hunt to train under MLB sides, but neither was successful in making an impact.