Jaipur, Dec 19:
Little-known Indian teenagers Prabh Simran Singh and Prayas Ray Barman attracted astonishing bids during the IPL auction to laugh their way to the bank on a day when superstar Dale Steyn went unsold and once a hot-property Yuvraj Singh struggled to find a buyer.
Punjab’s wicket keeper batsman Prabh Simran, all of 18, was taken by Preity Zinta owned Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.80 crore while Royal Challengers Bangalore shelled out Rs 1.5 crore for 16-year-old Barman, who is an all-rounder from Bengal.
Both the players had a base price of Rs 20 lakh.
The intense bidding for the two youngsters showed that the teams were willing to loosen purse strings for talent and not just the names.
Prab Simran has played only four List A matches and was part of the Indian team which finished a runner-up at the recent ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. The Punjab batsman idolises explosive Virender Sehwag. The attacking batsman scored 298 runs for his side in the Under-23 tournament.
Barman, a leg-break bowler, is just nine Last A game old but was very impressive during the Vjjay Hazare Trophy. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Rasikh Salaam was picked at his base price of Rs 20 Lakh by Mumbai Indians.He is only third cricketer from Kashmir to have been picked by an IPL franchise.