Unheralded teenagers Prabh Simran Singh and Prayas Ray Barman attracted astonishing bids during the IPL auction 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 Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.80 crore while Virat Kohli-led 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.
In contrast Yuvraj was sold for Rs one crore by Mumbai Indians late in the day having got a deal of Rs 14 crore by the RCB in 2014.
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 and has scored 298 runs for his side in the Under-23 tournament.
In the Cooch Behar trophy in season 2017-18, he scored 547 runs for Punjab, hitting three centuries.
Barman, a leg-break bowler, is just nine Last A game old but was very impressive during the Vjjay Hazare Trophy.