It is celebration time for the Singh family as Prabhsimran Singh and his cousin brother Anmolpreet Singh hit the jackpot in 2019 Indian Premier League auction, which was held in Jaipur on Tuesday. The 18-year-old Prabhsimran landed a contract with Preity Zinta owned Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.80 crore while Anmolpreet Singh was snapped by Mumbai Indians for Rs 80 lakh.
Speaking to Indian express, Prabhsimran said, “Both of us were sitting at home and watching the auction. I started playing cricket on seeing Anmolpreet paaji play in the nets and when he was bought for Rs 80 lakh, he told me that I will also be picked. I never expected being bought for this much money, but whatever the amount, the focus will always be on playing good cricket. My uncle Satvinder Singh used to bowl to all three of us in the nets at our home and he will be delighted to see both of us playing in the IPL.”
The 17-year-old Prabhsimran came into the spotlight in June this year, when he removed his frustration of not being picked for India Under-19 side by hitting 298 off just 301 balls in an Under-23 inter-district game against Amritsar. In that match, he also shared a double-century stand with Anmolpreet.
That innings completely changed the fortunes for the youngster, as in the following month, he was called for an NCA camp and eventually named the captain of the India Under-19 side that toured Bangladesh for the Asia Cup. The wicketkeeper-batsman from Punjab has so far 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.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Anmolpreet shot into limelight during the Under-19 World Cup in 2016. Last year, he made a smashing start to his Ranji career for home side Punjab. He scored three hundreds in 11 first-class matches finishing the season with 753 runs in the domestic competition.
Overnight time seems to have changed for the Singh brothers. Now, both of them will look forward to learn the trick of the trade from some of the best players of the world in their respective franchises and also showcase their talent on one of the best T20 league in the world.