Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl first against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League match here Sunday. Sunrisers made two changes, replacing injured Kane Williamson for Mohammad Nabi and Deepak Hooda for Shabaz Nadeem. For RCB, 16-year-old Prayas Ray Barman made his debut in place of Navdeep Saini. With this, Barman became the youngest ever to play in the IPL.
At 16 years and 157 days, the Bengal spinner snatched this record from Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman, who made his IPL debut at the young age of 17 years and 11 days. Sarfaraz Khan, Pradeep Sangwan and Washington Sundar complete the youngest top-5 to have begun their IPL journeys in their teens.
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The 16-year-old was acquired by the RCB at a price of 1.5 crore at the auction, which is almost eight times his base price of 20 lakh. Barman plays for Bengal and he was able to grab the spotlight with some extraordinary performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy earlier this year. The player had picked up a four-wicket haul for Bengal in his List-A debut match.
Earlier, for the hosts, India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to captain the side after Kane Williamson picked up a niggle and "needed to get a break".
"He's got a bit of a niggle, and needed to get a break," Bhuvneshwar said at the toss.
Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi replaced Williamson while Deepak Hooda was drafted back in place of Shabbaz Nadeem. Sunrisers beat Rajasthan Royals by five wickets in their last game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (w), Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin de Grandhomme, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Prayas Barman
(With IANS/ANI inputs)