Prayas, 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.
Prayas 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.
Prayas Ray Barman, who pocketed Rs 1.5 crore at IPL 2019 Auctions, revealed he idolises Virat Kohli and had been following Royal Challengers Bangalore over the years.
“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.”
Meanwhile, 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.