Royal Challengers Bangalore rookie leg-spinner Prayas Ray Barman became the youngest IPL debutant. At 16 years, 157 days, Barman became the youngest to play an IPL match. The Bengal spinner overtook Mujeeb Ur Rahman who had made his debut for Kings XI Punjab at 17 years and 11 days. Subsequently, it was a big achievement for Barman.
Meanwhile, the greenhorn spinner is managing his cricket with his 12th class exams. In fact, we have seen on numerous occasions when a youngster has to compromise on his studies for his career in sports. Similarly, Barman is doing a fine job in his young career while managing both aspects.
Barman became the youngest debutant in IPL.
In fact, it was a big achievement for Prayas Ray Barman to make his debut at such a tender age. Barman, who plays for Bengal in the domestic circuit has impressed with the ball. He was the leading wicket-taker for Bengal in the Vijay Hazare 2018-19 where he scalped 11 wickets in nine matches.
He has also played only four T20 matches in which he has taken four wickets. Meanwhile, the 16-year old youngster didn’t have an ideal debut as he conceded 56 runs in his four overs quota and remained wicketless.
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However, Barman scored 19 runs off 24 balls when Royal Challengers Bangalore had their backs against the wall in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
While desribing how his son is managing studies as well as cricket at the same time, Prayas’ father Dr Kaushik Ray Barman told PTI, “It’s tough but he is managing it. He has the full support of the team.”
Barman added how RCB captain Virat Kohli changed his mind at the last moment to hand Prayas his debut cap. “(Virat) Kohli, AB (de Villiers) and (coach Gary) Kirsten are obviously encouraging him at the nets. Obviously, they have seen some potential in him to pick him ahead of the experienced duo of (Pawan) Negi and Washington Sundar. The call-up was completely unexpected for him as at first the team think-tank had decided to go for a seam-attack but skipper Kohli told Prayas of the debut just minutes before going for the toss. We were shocked to see his name in the line-up in RCB’s every third match. But he was not nervous,” his dad said.
Meanwhile, Prayas Ray Barman didn’t have an ideal debut. However, he has a promising future and playing his maiden match for RCB at 16 years, must have done him a world of good.