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Prabhsimran Singh, 17-year old wicket-keeper batsman from Patiala, bags 4.8 crore in IPL auction

JAIPUR, Dec 18: There have been several stories of young millionaires in Indian cricket thanks to the Indian Premier League and a new name joined the list in Jaipur on Tuesday. Prabhsimran Singh, a 17-year old wicket-keeper batsman from Patiala, stole the limelight as he was bought for 4.8 crore by Kings XI Punjab after an intense bidding war that involved several teams.

Earlier this year, Prabhsimran smashed his way to 298 off just 301 balls against Amritsar in the semi-final of the Punjab U-23 Inter-District Cricket Tournament. This came immediately after he was ignored by selectors for the India U-19 team’s tour to Sri Lanka.

Prabhsimran, who is yet to play a first-class match, has been making waves with his ability to score rapidly and that is what has got him a big money contract with the Punjab franchise.

He is the cousin of batsman Anmolpreet Singh, who was bought for 80 lakh by Mumbai Indians.

IPL Auction 2019: KXIP shell 8.4 crore for uncapped Varun Chakaravarthy, Royals buy Unadkat for 8.4 cr

JAIPUR, Dec 18: Little known mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy and left arm paceman Jaydev Unadkat were the joint costliest players at the IPL auction as both the players were bought for 8.4 crore. Kings XI Punjab picked up Chakaravarthy after an intense bidding war with Kolkata Knight Riders, while Rajasthan Royals bought back Unadkat after releasing him earlier this year.

Chakaravarthy has played for Madurai Panthers and Karaikudi Kaalai in the Tamil Nadu Premier League and has played one first-class match for Tamil Nadu.

Unadkat, who was the costliest Indian in the last IPL auction as well, had a below par season with the Royals in 2018 and has subsequently lost his place in India’s T20 line-up as well. The Royals were locked in an intense battle with Delhi Capitals and later on with Chennai Super Kings to bring back the pacer.

Uncapped player Shivam Dube attracted a lot of attention as he was picked for a whopping 5 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube had on Monday peeled off five sixes in five balls off left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh on the final day of their Ranji Trophy match against Baroda.

Another youngster who caught everyone’s eye was 17-year old Prabhsimran Singh, who was bought by Kings XI Punjab for 4.8 crore in the accelerated round of the auction.

England all-rounder Sam Curran, who was instrumental in leading his team to a Test series victory over India earlier this year, became the costliest foreign player in the auction as he was snapped up for 7.2 crore by Kings XI Punjab.

The auction started with keen interest in West Indian players. The man who hit 4 consecutive sixes to win Windies the 2016 ICC World T20, their current captain, Carlos Brathwaite was bought for 5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders after intense bidding.

2011 World Cup and 2007 WT20 winner Yuvraj Singh went unsold in the opening round of the auction. He was finally picked for 1 crore by Mumbai Indians in the accelerated auction towards the fag end of the event.

Team India paceman Mohammed Shami, who was released by Delhi earlier, was bought for 4.8 crore by Kings XI Punjab. Medium pacer Mohit Sharma, who had represented India at the 2015 World Cup, was bought for 5 crore by his former franchise Chennai Super Kings.

As expected there was intense battle at the auction for West Indies youngster Shimron Hetmyer and the southpaw was eventually bought for a whopping 4.2 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Hetmyer impressed on the recent tour to India and his ability to strike the ball hard will come in handy for RCB who have been looking for a finisher for a while.

Another West Indian player was in the limelight in the accelerated session of the auction later in the day. Sherfane Rutherford, a 20-year old hard-hitting batsman from Guyana, was bought for 2 crore by Delhi Capitals.

England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2.2 crore. The franchise also bought back Wriddhiman Saha for 1.2 crore.

Left arm spinner Axar Patel was also in for a big pay day as Delhi Capitals bought him for 5 crore. Axar’s former franchise Kings XI Punjab were in the race for a while but eventually bowed out.

Indian middle order batsman Hanuma Vihari became the first player to be sold at this year’s auction with Delhi Capitals buying him for 2 crore. Mumbai Indians were locked in a battle with Delhi for the same player but eventually backed out.

India beat Australia by 31 runs in first Test

ADELAIDE, Dec 10: If there was a way to lose the first Test of the home summer and still exceed expectations, Tim Paine’s side did so in Adelaide. Sure, had they got over the line in their stoic final day run chase, they would be the toast of the nation. This isn’t that. But they do travel to Perth enhanced in belief and reputation, in no small part due to the way they conducted themselves throughout.

“It was played in good spirits,” the Australian captain said of the 31-run defeat, that for about half an hour on the final afternoon was building to an epic conclusion before the last wicket fell. “Today was a nice snapshot of the way we want to go about it. We fought really hard and never gave in, you don’t have to talk rubbish and carry on like a pork chop to prove that.”

After the year that has been for Australian cricket, they are words that ring true. Paine is ever mindful that the team he has inherited are far from the finished product and there is no glossing over the inexperience of the top six and their shortcomings in Adelaide. However, the path to becoming a serious contender is one that he can increasingly identify.

“If you want to be a good team you have got to be hard to beat,” he said. “Today we were hard to beat. We made India work really hard. I think we made them work harder than they thought they were going to have to work. But sitting back now it is a huge opportunity because we didn’t cash in in the first innings.”

Reducing the No 1-ranked team in the world to 41 for four on the opening morning, after being asked to field in blisteringly hot conditions, is evidence of that. Just as it was in Abu Dhabi in October, early gains from the bowling staff were not capitalised on. “We didn’t have batters out there when they were tiring,” he said. “It’s pretty hard to take.”

As has often been the case over the last 12 months, Australia’s lower-order excelled with the bat, not least Nathan Lyon who finished the match with an unbeaten 38 to go with his 24 not out in the first innings. The off-spinner doubled down on his preparation with the blade over the winter months in Sydney with his brother Brendan, a professional batting coach. It paid off here just as it did in Dubai where he was instrumental to that impressive drawn effort.

“Those four together you can see how much playing for Australia means to them,” Paine said of his bowlers. “Whether they’ve got the bat, ball, in the field, you can’t question the four guys’ commitment. They have a red hot crack for every single ball. That’s what we’re building to. That’s the style of cricket we want to play. They’re some of our more experienced players, I think the more they do that, the more it will rub off on the rest of this group.”

 



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