16-year-old Prayas Ray Barman revealed it was a dream come true for him, after being picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 1.5 crore at the Indian Premier League Auctions on Tuesday when he scripted history to become one of the youngest-ever ‘crorepati’ in the auction.
“I can’t believe my eyes… I’m getting a flood of calls, congratulatory messages are pouring in. I never expected that I will be picked,” said Prayas, who was Bengal’s top wicket-taker in the Vijay Hazare Trophy domestic one-dayers.
The Bengal-based cricketer is surely the biggest unknown quantity that has fetched the biggest amount. This edition of the auction has seen a lot of unknown names fetches big moolah, and then there were some which were just unpredictable. Barman’s best bowling figures are 20/4, which suggests that he is a ‘mystery’ spinner.
Barman will be joining Virat Kohli and company at the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp, it will be a huge opportunity for the youngest, whose name was unknown to many across the nation before today.
The teen sensation said he was looking forward to meeting the skipper, “I always dreamt to click a photo with Kohli. I’ve tried a lot but it never happened.
Now I would be sharing the dressing room with him! It’s unbelievable.”
Six-ft-one-inch tall Prayas loves to be quick in the air and accurate with his line, as many compare him with the great Anil Kumble.
“I was not tall but grew immensely in the last two years. And people are comparing me with Kumble-sir.”
Prayas had an impressive debut against Jammu and Kashmir, bagging 4/20 as he ended up with picking 11 wickets in nine games at an economy rate of 4.45.
But despite the brilliant effort, he failed to make the cut to the Bengal Ranji side.
“Ranji Trophy is a different format altogether. I think I’ve to go a long way to play Ranji.”
He further thanked his father Dr Kaushik Ray Barman for his unrelenting support.
“He never went after me to pursue studies. My sister is an IT professional but I chose cricket. He gave me full freedom to pursue cricket. Now I’m excited to shift to Bangalore where my sister works.”
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