Prayas Ray Barman: The youngest debutant in IPL history
Prayas Ray Barman became the youngest player to debut in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL).
At the age of 16 years and 157 days, Prayas wearing Royale Challengers Bangalore’s jersey, stepped into the field in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He eclipsed Afghanistan’s Mujeeb-ur-Rahman (17 years and 11 days) on the list of youngest IPL debutants.
Prayas grabbed the limelight with his performances in Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2018-19 season, was bought by RCB for Rs 1.5 crore, nearly eight times his base price.
In Vijay Hazare Trophy, he topped the bowling charts for Bengal with 11 wickets from 9 matches at a miserly economy rate of 4.45.
Following the auction, Prayas played for Bengal in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament and picked up four wickets in four matches at an economy rate of 7.11.
He is 6’1 inch tall, bowls leg-spin and is a handy batsman too.
“He is an exciting talent,” RCB captain Virat Kohli said after naming him in the playing XI at the toss on Sunday.
“Like any other youngster in India, Virat is our role model. I always had a dream to click a photo with Kohli. I’ve tried a lot but did not get an opportunity. Now that I would be sharing the dressing room with my hero is just unbelievable,”
Prayas Ray Barman said.
Hailing from Durgapur, Prayas started playing professional cricket at Rampal Cricket Academy in Gargi College of South Delhi. Later he was trained at the Durgapur Cricket Centre in his hometown.
He made his name in the junior circuit after impressing at the Ambar Roy Sub-Junior U-14 cricket tournament.
Prayas is now living with his grandparents in Kolkata away from his parents in Durgapur.
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