Prabhsimran Singh: India, Punjab, Stats, Bio
Who is Prabhsimran Singh?
Prabhsimran Singh is one of India’s most exciting young talents. A wicket-keeper batsmen from Punjab, Singh, has played for India’s U-19 team and even captained them in the 2018 Asia Cup. He stole the headlines in the 2018 IPL Auction after he was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for an incredible 4.8 crores. His cousin, Anmolpreet Singh, was also bought in the IPL Auction, but by the Mumbai Indians for 80 lakhs. The Kings XI Punjab showed a remarkable amount of faith in Prabhsimran Singh since he is yet to play any First-Class cricket and had only played four List A matches at the time of the auction. A destructive batsman and safe pair of hands behind the stumps, Prabhsimran Singh is certainly one to watch for the future.
Prabhsimran Singh with India’s U-19 team
Prabhsimran Singh captained India’s U-19 team to victory in the 2018 Asia Cup in Bangladesh. Singh played a captain’s knock in the final, scoring 65* (37), batting at four, to help his side to a very large total of 304/3. He built on the platform that Anuj Rawat and Yashasvi Jaiswal set with their brilliant opening partnership of over a hundred. While that was his most memorable innings in the Asia Cup, he played a few other important knocks during the tournament. Notably, Prabhsimran Singh hit a sublime 82 in the group stages against Nepal. This innings highlighted his destructive capabilities, as he smashed three sixes and eight fours. Interestingly, the Indian U-19 selectors overlooked him earlier in the year and did not include him in the squad for their tour of Sri Lanka in July. He responded with the bat though, hitting 298 in the semi-final of the Punjab U-23 Inter-District Cricket Tournament. This then thrust him into the spotlight and the selectors then picked him for the Asia Cup off the back of that innings.
Prabhsimran Singh: List A debut with India’s Emerging Team
Following his excellent run of form in the Asia Cup, Prabhsimran Singh was selected India’s Emerging Team for the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup. It was during this tournament that Singh made his List A debut. However, he experienced a poor run of form and ended with a top score of 28* in five matches. His List A debut came against the Afghanistan Emerging Team, a side which had the likes of Qais Ahmad and Wafadar Momand playing for them. Singh struggled and made just 8 (16) and failed to get going at all. Nevertheless, his side still won by a hefty margin of 74 runs, thanks to a century from Deepak Hooda and an all-around performance from Atit Sheth. Prabhsimran Singh’s inexperience showed on that tour, but that is only natural, given how his career is just taking off now.
Prabhsimran Singh: IPL Auction 2019
Everyone was shocked to see Prabhsimran Singh fetch 4.8 crores in the IPL Auction. He was bought by the Kings XI Punjab who seemed to be trying out a new auction strategy of focusing on young, inexperienced Indian cricketers. This price was remarkable, given that he has not actually played any T20s before but has only played the shortest format in age-group cricket. He went into the auction with a base price of 20 lakhs, but there was a bidding war for him and his price quickly escalated. Since he is so inexperienced, there is no doubt that Singh will learn a lot in the 2019 IPL. Being able to train alongside players such as Chris Gayle and Sam Curran will benefit him greatly.
Prabhsimran Singh: IPL 2019
Despite paying a hefty fee for him, it is unlikely that the Kings XI Punjab will utilise Prabhsimran Singh as their main wicket-keeper. The same franchise also bought West Indian international Nicholas Pooran, a wicket-keeper who has had a controversial career at times, for 4.2 crores. The Royal Challengers Bangalore were keen to sign Pooran, but Punjab outbid them. Given Pooran’s experience and scintillating run of form, they will be likely to use him as their keeper and it may be hard for Singh to make it as a specialist batsman. Lokesh Rahul may also take the gloves, but his keeping ability has come under scrutiny in the past.