It made news all over the cricketing world and the fans of the game as Prayas Ray Barman became the youngest debutant in the Indian Premier League, setting foot at the big stage of the marquee T20 league- at the age of 16 years and 157 days. 

Just like all other editions of the IPL, this season too has provided its spectators a chance to not just rejoice to watch their favorite players and watch the established and known stars in action, but also take a glimpse at the new faces, the debutants, be it Indian recruits or overseas players.

Amongst the arsenal of newest recruits of the IPL, the youngest player Prayas Barman who is just 16 is Bengal’s leading wicket-taker at the Vijay Hazare Trophy this season. He has been recruited as a potential back-up to Yuzvendra Chahal, who might be rested in a few matches as a part of the workload management of key players because the World Cup is knocking at the door.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore couldn’t win their first two matches of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). After getting beaten by Chennai Super Kings (CSK), they fielded the same eleven against Mumbai Indians (MI). The franchise is currently playing the third match of the T20 tournament against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

The team made their first change of the T20 divertissement. Virat Kohli’s side replaced fast bowler Navdeep Saini with leg-spinner Prayas Ray Barman. Consequently, the Bengal player became the youngest to feature in the IPL. The Young talent from Bengal transcended Mujeeb Ur Rahman, the Afghan player, who made his debut last year at 17 years and 11 days.

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On his debut for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Prayas had to experience the wrath of Sunrisers’ opening pair and was expensive after giving away 56 runs in his 4 overs. Not that he was the only expensive bowler from the RCB side. When RCB lost 6 wickets, while chasing a huge total of 232, Prayas came down and scored 19 off 24 in a lost cause. So, all in all, it wasn’t a great debut for the youngster. It was sheer bad luck.

Barman’s majestic form in domestic cricket

Barman made his List A debut last year in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and played fairly well. His best bowling figures of 5-0-20-4 came against Jammu and Kashmir, playing in Chennai. It was also his first ever List A game.

Eventually, it was then broke into the India B team that played a quadrangular series, also involving India A, South Africa A and Afghanistan A. In his first match against the Afghans, he impressed and picked up three wickets, conceding only 10 runs. He bowled impressively in the next couple of games as well. 

The form was noticed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who added him to their arsenal by shelling out a whopping 1.50 crore. He had registered himself in the IPL auction, that took place in December 2018, at a base price of INR 20 lakhs. Consequently, the RCB and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) fought to hire the rookie spin bowler.

Barman also recently featured in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy wherein he bagged four wickets from as many matches at a commendable average of 16 and an admirable economy rate of 7.11. The prolific cricketer’s best bowling figures of 4/14 in the tournament came against Mizoram in Cuttack.

In the T20 format, the Bengal cricketer made his debut in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018-19. Apart from Prayas and Mujeeb Ur Rahman of Afghanistan, the youngest to make IPL debuts have been Sarfaraz Khan (17y 177d), Pradeep Sangwan (17y 179d) and Washington Sundar (17y 199d).

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