At the age of just 16-year-old, the Bengal leg-spinner Prayas Ray Barman has grabbed the high attention after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bought him for INR 1.5 crore during the IPL 2019 Auction. He is now the youngest IPL crorepati in the IPL auction history.
The youngster is a massive talent and RCB went for him desperately despite knowing an important fact is that he has no first-class or T20 experiences yet. Starting with the base price of INR 20 lakh during the accelerated bidding, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and RCB had a long fight and in the end, RCB secured him for INR 1.5 crore.
After playing good cricket in the early youth age tournaments, Prayas just has put his feet to the professional cricket by making debut in List A cricket. Looking at his huge success in the very early age, Prayas is going to be one of the must-watch youngsters in the IPL 2019.
Here are some important facts about Prayas Ray Barman’s cricketing career:
- The 16-year-old Prayas Ray Barman is the right-handed batsman and leg-spinner. He plays as a leg-break googly specialist. He lives in Kolkata and plays the domestic cricket for Bengal.
- If Prayas Ray Barman makes his IPL debut in the upcoming season in 2019, he will become the youngest IPL cricketer after surpassing the record of Mujeeb Ur Rahman (made IPL debut at the age of 17 years and 11 days).
- Cricket Academy: Ram Pal Cricket Academy (initially); Durgapur Cricket Centre (later); Coach: Shibnath Ray (Durgapur Cricket Centre)
- Cricketing Role Models: Shane Warne
- Talking about his youth career, Prayas has played for Bengal U15 and U16.
- Prayas featured during a series between Bengal U15 and Bangladesh U15 in 2012/13. In that series, he took seven wickets in four matches with the average of 20.42.
- During the 2016/17 U16 Vijay Merchant Trophy, he was the most wicket-taker for Bengal U16 and fifth most wicket-taker in overall. In that tournament, his team Bengal U16 finished their journey in the semi-final while he took 41 wickets in seven matches (14 innings) with the average of just 11.80 (best bowling average in that tournament among the bowlers who took at least five wickets in that tournament).
- During the 2018/19 Vijay Hazare Trophy, Prayas made his List A career debut. Playing for Bengal, his first game was against Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) at Chennai on 20 September 2018 where he had a match-winning bowling performance of 5-0-20-4. His bowling helped Bengal to wrap up J&K’s innings on just 96 runs and Bengal reached the target in 20.4 overs after losing four wickets.
- Prayas has played 9 List A games where he has taken 11 wickets with the average of 23.00 and economy rate of 4.45.