Indian Premier League 2012 February 15, 2012

RCB sign Zol, Appanna, Syed Mohammad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Maharashtra teenager Vijay Zol, who recently hit the headlines for scoring an unbeaten 451 in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy, is one of five Indian youngsters signed up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the upcoming IPL season.

"I was told that Anil Kumble sir had seen me play during the domestic season and he had asked for my number after the match," Zol told the Times of India. "It was during the knockout stages of the Cooch Behar tournament that I got a call from the RCB officials. They asked me to come down to Bangalore and play a few matches for the team.

"Playing for RCB in the IPL is huge, and getting an opportunity to just be around players like Anil Kumble sir, Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and Daniel Vettori is even bigger. But my ultimate dream, like any other player in the IPL, is to don the national colours."

The Royal Challengers had seven vacancies in their squad including one overseas player after the player auctions on February 4. Apart from Zol, they also included left-arm spinners KP Appanna and J Syed Mohammad who played for them in prior seasons. Appanna was part of the Royal Challengers set-up in the first three years of the IPL, before missing out in the 2011 edition. He forced his way back into the reckoning with a haul of 28 wickets in the recently-concluded Ranji Trophy season, where he was the joint fourth-highest wicket taker. Syed Mohammad had an impressive debut IPL season in 2011, when he joined the side as a replacement midway through the tournament.

The two other slots went to allrounders Karun Nair from Karnataka and S Thiagarajan from Tamil Nadu.

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  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    It's nice to see robin uthappa in RCB... so i request to take him for next sesion...

  • Rupesh on February 16, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Please do not spoil young talent... by making them play T-20 at this age.... We should extend Punjab Cricket Associations idea of banning U-21cricketers from playing any T-20...! Anybody can be a Big Hit for one or two games...! But playing for India in Teat Matches requires lot of Hard Work done at right age...!

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    hoping kumble could search the hide talent in this country and let them play in the ipl hoping all other team do the same (hire any expert ex cricketer gavaskar,bedi,dada) so that they can search new talents within our country !!

  • Srivatsa on February 16, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Nice to see RCB signing up young Indian talent! Good work Bengaluru! I hope the final jinx is broken this year at least!

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    RCB best team which grooms young talents

  • $$ milind on February 16, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    If Vijay Jol can open d innings wel, then R C B Would have a better bowling unit by adding Nannes instead of Dilshan. The team would much all-round.l

  • Dummy4 on February 16, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    I don't think they are going to play him in the XI. Making an IPL debut without single first class match is not the right way to begin for a youngster. It could make or mar his career.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 18:52 GMT


    gud job dude .great to see some cricket fans in journalists too

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    this is why i still loves IPL

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    great News! I am very pleased coz I happened to be the only sports reporter happened to be on the ground in Nashik when Zol scored those mammoth 451 runs.(My news appeared in the Times of India, the next day) I contacted all the other press persons & asked them to come to the ground to witness the history being made. In fact I also gave the photo (which is attached to this story to them). But I am not taking any credit. He has earned his name on his performance. Keep it up Vijay, You have a bright future.

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