IPL’s youngest crorepati has a long-cherished dream: A selfie with Virat Kohli

first_imgPrayas Ray Barman is excited about his new Indian Premier League contract. First things first, he had been longing to click a selfie with Virat Kohli and the dream is all set to come true as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) snapped the 16-year-old leg-spinner at Tuesday’s IPL auction in Jaipur.Secondly, Prayas Ray Barman had missed his elder sister, who is an Information Technology (IT) professional in Bengaluru. The teenage leg-spinner is now excited that he will have the opportunity to spend time with her in the Garden City.Prayas had reportedly attended trails with Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians but he was destined to share the dressing room with his idol and India captain, Kohli that we went to RCB even without having a trail with the Bangalore-based franchise.”Like any other youngster in India, Virat is our role model. I always had a dream to click a photo with Kohli. I’ve tried a lot but did not get any opportunity. Now that I would be sharing the dressing room with my hero is just unbelievable,” Prayas Ray Barman told the Press Trust of India even as he was finding it difficult to believe what had happened at the auction table.”Sharing the dressing room, practising, interacting with the likes of Kohli, AB de Villiers on a day to day basis… It will be a big learning curve for me.Prayas added: “My sister is an IT professional but I chose cricket. He gave me full freedom to pursue cricket. Now I’m excited to shift to Bangalore where my sister works.”advertisementPrayas had just become IPL’s youngest crorepati. The 16-year-old was paid Rs 1.5 crore, close to eight times more than his base price of Rs 20 lakh by the Kohli-led RCB.However, he is not willing to think about the pay cheque as his father’s first and simple advice after he had hit the jackpot at the auction was: “Your real achievement should be when you play for country. Money should never worry you.”Prayas idolises Shane Warne, has a Kumble-esque stylePrayas, who has a 6’1 inch frame, idolises Shane Warne despite not being a big turner of the ball. The leg-spinner rise to fame came when he topped Bengal’s bowling charts with 11 wickets from nine matches at a miserly economy rate of 4.45 in his maiden Vijay Hazare Trophy season. He picked up a four-for on his List A debut that came against Jammu and Kashmir.View this post on Instagram20/09/2018 Couldn’t have asked for a better debut! #ListA #Debut #VijayHazareTrophy #Swipe . . . Stump- @shreevatsgoswami Catch- @mannirocks14A post shared by Prayas Ray Barman (@prayas.rb) on Oct 9, 2018 at 5:54am PDTPrayas reveals he was told by his colleagues and friends that his bowling style resembled India great Anil Kumble’s. Despite his eye-catching performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the leggie wasn’t included in Bengal’s Ranji Trophy squad for the ongoing season.The modest teenager isn’t too worked up because of the Ranji Trophy omission. He, in fact, concedes he needs to work harder to play in the premier domestic tournament of the country.”I was not that tall. It was only a couple of years ago, I’ve grown taller as many people here started telling me that I bowl ‘Kumblesque’,” Prayas added.”Ranji Trophy is a different ball game. I think I’ve to go a long way to play Ranji. I was in the 15 though and learnt a lot from skipper Manoj Tiwary and coach Sairaj Bahutule.”Prayas’ father wants his son to be a good human beingPrayas doesn’t miss out on the opportunity to thank his father, Dr. Kaushik Ray Barman’s contribution to his cricket career. The teenager says his father, who works as a general physician in New Delhi, never forced him to choose academics over cricket.Prayas hails from Durgapur and he started playing professional cricket at Rampal Cricket Academy in Gargi College of South Delhi. However, he was groomed into a solid cricketer at his hometown where he trained at the Durgapur Cricket Centre. He made his name in the junior circuit after impressing at the Ambar Roy Sub-Junior U-14 cricket tournament.Prayas was forced to give up the comfort of staying with his parents as he moved to Kolkata where he now lives with his grandparents in a small flat. However, the feeling of having seen his hard work bring rewards is fulfilling. Kaushik Ray Barman insists that being a good human being should be his son’s first priority.”It’s been a struggle as we keep shuttling from New Delhi to Kolkata. But we are happy now. He should keep working hard. He should make our country, state our roots proud. My first priority is he should be a good human being, be down to earth,” the proud father said.advertisementDespite having pocketed more than Rs 1 crore as a teenager, Prayas understands that his journey has just begun.”Life has not changed a bit. This is just the beginning for me. I’ve to learn and keep improving.”Teenage wicketkeeper bags Rs 4.8 croreMeanwhile, another teenager – 18-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman from Punjab, Prabh Simran Singh was picked up for a whopping Rs 4.80 crore by Kings XI Punjab, who went on a buying spree on Tuesday.Prabh Simran was part of the India team at the recently-concluded ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in Sri Lanka after impressing in the Cooch Behar Trophy 2017-18.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Rs 8.40 crore for mystery Indian spinner, Rs 5 crore for hard-hitting MumbaikarAlso Read | Sam Curran gets auctioned for INR 7.20 croreAlso Read | Didn’t expect to get Yuvraj for Rs 1 crore, says MI owner Akash AmbaniAlso See:last_img

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