The 22-year-old Delhi boy Himmat Singh has grabbed big attention in the Indian cricket after the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bought him for INR 65 lakh during the IPL 2019 Auction.
Himmat has played the wide range of domestic youth tournaments where he has performed consistently with the bat. After his impressive performances in the youth stage, Himmat was named in the Delhi squad for the 2014/15 Ranji Trophy but didn’t make his debut in that domestic season.
In the next season, Himmat made his debut for the Delhi senior cricket team through the List A format while he made his first-class debut in the last season.
Now, the talented youngster has joined in the IPL team. He had the base price of INR 20 lakh and Rajasthan Royals opened his bidding process during the accelerated bidding session but RCB won that fight and secured Himmat for the bid of INR 65 lakh. It will be Himmat’s first IPL season.
Here are some important facts about Himmat Singh’s cricketing career:
- The 22-year-old Himmat Singh is the right-handed batsman and right-arm off-spinner. He plays as a specialist batsman.
- Cricket Academy: Sonnet Cricket Club; Coach: Tarak Sinha (famous for producing some top Indian cricket talents like Ashish Nehra, Manoj Prabhakar, Anjum Chopra, Aakash Chopra, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant etc.)
- Cricketing Role Models: Virat Kohli and Joe Root.
- Talking about his youth career, Himmat has represented for Delhi at U16, U19 and U23. In the addition, Himmat also represented for North Zone U19. In his youth career, Himmat also led the Delhi U16 and U19 sides.
- Himmat made his List A debut at the age of just 19-year-old during the group stage match of 2015/16 Vijay Hazare Trophy between his team Delhi and Andhra at Delhi on December 18, 2015. He has played 16 List A matches where he has scored 572 runs with the average of 63.55, including two centuries and three half-centuries. His best List A knock is 126*.
- Himmat featured for India Emerging team in the recently concluded 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in Sri Lanka and Pakistan (India played only at Sri Lanka). While India Emerging team finished as the runner-up after losing the final against the hosts Sri Lanka Emerging team by just 3 runs, Himmat finished as the second most run-scorer in the tournament – scored 225 runs in four innings with the average of 112.50. Himmat played three consecutive 50+ knocks in that tournament (one 50+ is not added in his total runs tally as it didn’t have the List A status), including in the semi-final against Pakistan Emerging team.
- Himmat made his first-class debut during the 2017/18 Ranji Trophy. His first-class debut game was a group stage game against Railways at Delhi in October 2017. He has played eight first-class matches where he has scored 396 runs with an average of 36.00, including four half-centuries. His highest first-class knock is 99.
- Himmat played the 2017/18 Ranji Trophy final for Delhi against Vidarbha at Indore where he scored 66 & 0 and his team finished as the runner-up after Vidarbha won by nine wickets.
- Himmat made his T20 debut in January 2018 during the 2017/18 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy game. His first game was against Punjab at Delhi on 9 January 2018. He has played four T20s where he has scored 15 runs with an average of 15.00. His best T20 knock is 9*.
- Himmat featured in the 2017/18 TNCA first division league (Raja of Palayampatti Shield) for Vijay CC where he played the highest individual knock (in an innings) in that tournament of 322 runs off 426 balls (25 fours and 10 sixes) against Globe Trotters SC at Chennai in March 2018.