Bengal leg-spinner Prayas Ray Barman became the youngest crorepati ( millionaire) following the recently concluded 2019 Indian Premier League auction held in Jaipur on Tuesday.
The 15-year-old entered the auction with a base price of Rs.20 lakh. Just when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) seemed to snap Barman up for Rs 1.10 crore, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) came in the fray, with the two franchises setting off a brief bidding war. However, Bangalore sealed the deal and bought the youngster for Rs.1.50 crore.
Another teenager enters the crorepati club. 15-year-old Prayas Ray Barman sold to RCB for Rs 1.50 crore. KXIP were in the running too
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Barman made his debut for the senior side earlier this year in Vijay Hazare Trophy and impressed by scalping 11 wickets in nine games at an economy rate of 4.45. His most imposing effort came against Jammu & Kashmir, where he bagged four wickets and gave away just 20 runs to lead his team to a convincing six-wicket victory.
Barman will be joining the RCB camps that includes players like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. RCB also brought in uncapped Shivam Dube for Rs 5 crore at the 2019 IPL Player Auction.
The young prodigy, whose signing baffled the fans, will garner a lot of attention when the tournament commences in March 2019.
The young lad realizes the challenges that lie ahead of him. Speaking to TOI he said, “Many players have lost their way after being roped in for big amounts of money in the players’ auctions. My focus will be to try and live up to the standard of IPL cricket. I do not want to get lost.”
Another teenager who made it to the cash-rich league due to his exceptional performance is Riyan Parag. The 17-year-old top-order batsman from Assam was sold to Rajasthan Royals (RR) for a base price of Rs 20 lakh.
Meanwhile, Kings XI picks up a couple of unheralded players in Harpreet Brar & Agnivesh Ayachi for base price (₹20L). yuvraj Singh who had previously gone unsold in the first-round was roped in by Mumbai Indians for a price of 1.5 crores.
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