‘Didn’t expect to get such a huge prize’: Versatile Star U-19 player won 10 times his base value at IPL auction | locust

After impressing the most with his versatile skills, Indian U-19 star Raj Angad Bawa is ready to make an impact in the next edition of the Indian Premier League. The 19-year-old was bought for 2 crores by Punjab Kings in the recently held IPL mega-auction.

Sharing his thoughts on his huge prize money, which saw its value increase 10x, Bawa said he had no idea he would pocket such a sum but was happy to represent his franchise at home.

“I was watching the auction and when my name came out I was on the phone with my dad. I was a little nervous, but everything I had in hand, I had already delivered in the World Cup. So nothing was in my hand, but I didn’t expect to get such a high price.”

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“I am also happy because I was chosen by my team. I am from Punjab and I am delighted to train with them,” Bawa said in a video shared by IPL on its website.

Bawa, who became the first bowler to scalp five wickets in the U-19 World Cup final, is also keen to learn some lessons from senior hitter Shikhar Dhawan.

Speaking further, the star U-19 campaigner called himself a huge fan of Yuvraj Singh who is also his favorite cricketer.

“I’ve always been a fan of Yuvraj Singh, I grew up watching him play and he’s always been my favourite. I’ve always admired his approach, so I follow him,” Bawa said in the video.

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Bawa was among the players, who were lucky not to contract Covid-19 during the tournament, which India won by beating England by four wickets in the final.

He played six games in which he scored 252 points out of an average of 63. He also scored 162 points unbeaten against Uganda which is also the highest individual score by an Indian in the FIFA Cup. U19 world.

With the ball, Bawa managed 33.2 overs and picked 9 wickets.

Richard L. Militello