IPL 2013 news March 7, 2013

Sachin Baby, Harmeet Singh among Royals' new signings

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Rajasthan Royals have announced the signing of four players for the upcoming season of the IPL: Sachin Baby, the captain of Kerala's limited-overs side, wicketkeeper Sanju Samson, Jharkhand seamer Rahul Shukla and Mumbai's left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh.

Baby, who made his first-class debut in 2009, was the fourth-highest run-getter in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare trophy, in which his century in the quarter-finals helped Kerala qualify for the final four. Though his first-class record does not stand out, he has performed well in the 15 List A games he has played in his career so far, averaging 44.72.

Eighteen-year-old Samson was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders last season, but didn't get a game. He was selected in India's Under-19 side for the Asia Cup held in Malaysia in June-July last year, and played three matches, scoring 14 runs. He was dropped for the World Cup in Australia in August. In the Ranji Trophy, he had scored 377 runs in ten innings, at 41.88, and followed it up with a tally of 222 in the Vijay Hazare trophy.

Shukla, who has played for Mumbai Indians before, took six wickets in four matches for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare trophy, but hasn't been a regular for the first-class side.

Harmeet, with six wickets at 20.16 in four matches, helped India win the Under-19 World Cup last year. He has so far played only five first-class games - he claimed a seven-for on debut for Mumbai in 2009 - and three List A matches in his career.

Royals will open their campaign against Delhi Daredevils on April 6 at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

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  • 777aditya on March 8, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    This was one of the things I was dying to hear. Harmeet is a class act and once he proves himself in IPL (Indian cricket's latest gold standard - pun intended), he is one prospect, who can be considered in our test team. Many players like Ashwin, Jadeja, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, etc have rose through the ranks on their performances - some doing well, some not wasting this space. SACHIN BABY?! really?! For a second, I thought the caption actually meant Sachin Tendulkar's son (Arjun)!!

  • vish57 on March 10, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Like cap on foreign player participation in a Playing XI to 4, a similar cap should on Indian contracted players to BCCI failing which sides such as CSK, MI or RCB edge out teams such as Kings XI punjab or Rajasthan Royals or SunRisers leading to advantageous participation to few and weak team to others.

  • NikhilCh on March 9, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Though Royals signed these young men but they have signed a Mumbai lad-Pravin Tambe who is 42 now!!!!Now in the team there are lots of youngsters(18-22 years old) but many veterans(over 35 years) like captain dravid, hodge, hogg,

  • ankursilverstone on March 8, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    @hadeslogic...dude RR has always promoted n build youngsters carrier...ask watson jadeja naman ojha yusuf pathan stuart binny siddharth trivedi asnodkar sreevats goswami...sumit narwal..faiz fazal...micheal lumb...adam voges....how many names out of these u had heard before playing for ROYALS

  • Vivek.Bhandari on March 8, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    @InsideHedge: well, some time back there was a story on Cricinfo as to how his father named him after Sachin Tendulkar. More story here:

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/515944.html

  • chapathishot on March 8, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    May be presence of one Sreesanth in RR helps the Kerala Guys

  • cricketanand12 on March 8, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    And what about chirag jani,461 runs from 7 innings @ 65.85 with a strike rate of 105 and 21 sixes .He is a one of the cleanest striker of cricket ball.Hope he comes indian t20 player and also play for my favorite csk.

  • NikhilCh on March 8, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Though Royals signed these young men but they have signed a Mumbai lad-Pravin Tambe who is 42 now!!!!

  • sportofpain on March 8, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    For those of you who are uninitiated Baby is a fairly common name in Kerala - it is his last name so whatever first name his parents chose, he'd be that Baby - so it could have been Virat Baby or Ashwin Baby as well. @InsideHedge - The name is not hilarious - that's his name. Players from other teams have last names like Darling and Love - they are fine names just as Sachin Baby is a fine name.

  • Varun_R123 on March 8, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    I like the Royals' strategy and belief on youngsters. Right from Season 1, they unearthed many stars - Sir Ravindra Jadeja, Asnodkar, Sumeet Narwa, Pankaj Singh etc etc..

  • 777aditya on March 8, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    This was one of the things I was dying to hear. Harmeet is a class act and once he proves himself in IPL (Indian cricket's latest gold standard - pun intended), he is one prospect, who can be considered in our test team. Many players like Ashwin, Jadeja, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, etc have rose through the ranks on their performances - some doing well, some not wasting this space. SACHIN BABY?! really?! For a second, I thought the caption actually meant Sachin Tendulkar's son (Arjun)!!

  • vish57 on March 10, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Like cap on foreign player participation in a Playing XI to 4, a similar cap should on Indian contracted players to BCCI failing which sides such as CSK, MI or RCB edge out teams such as Kings XI punjab or Rajasthan Royals or SunRisers leading to advantageous participation to few and weak team to others.

  • NikhilCh on March 9, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Though Royals signed these young men but they have signed a Mumbai lad-Pravin Tambe who is 42 now!!!!Now in the team there are lots of youngsters(18-22 years old) but many veterans(over 35 years) like captain dravid, hodge, hogg,

  • ankursilverstone on March 8, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    @hadeslogic...dude RR has always promoted n build youngsters carrier...ask watson jadeja naman ojha yusuf pathan stuart binny siddharth trivedi asnodkar sreevats goswami...sumit narwal..faiz fazal...micheal lumb...adam voges....how many names out of these u had heard before playing for ROYALS

  • Vivek.Bhandari on March 8, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    @InsideHedge: well, some time back there was a story on Cricinfo as to how his father named him after Sachin Tendulkar. More story here:

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/515944.html

  • chapathishot on March 8, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    May be presence of one Sreesanth in RR helps the Kerala Guys

  • cricketanand12 on March 8, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    And what about chirag jani,461 runs from 7 innings @ 65.85 with a strike rate of 105 and 21 sixes .He is a one of the cleanest striker of cricket ball.Hope he comes indian t20 player and also play for my favorite csk.

  • NikhilCh on March 8, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Though Royals signed these young men but they have signed a Mumbai lad-Pravin Tambe who is 42 now!!!!

  • sportofpain on March 8, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    For those of you who are uninitiated Baby is a fairly common name in Kerala - it is his last name so whatever first name his parents chose, he'd be that Baby - so it could have been Virat Baby or Ashwin Baby as well. @InsideHedge - The name is not hilarious - that's his name. Players from other teams have last names like Darling and Love - they are fine names just as Sachin Baby is a fine name.

  • Varun_R123 on March 8, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    I like the Royals' strategy and belief on youngsters. Right from Season 1, they unearthed many stars - Sir Ravindra Jadeja, Asnodkar, Sumeet Narwa, Pankaj Singh etc etc..

  • Elcana on March 8, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    @InsideHedge@777aditya : I also thought it referred to sachin's son..... I cant I gotta see this fellow....So he'll be called Baby.....funny...

  • on March 8, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    after a series of good performance why assamese player are missing IPL CONTRACT????????? Pritom Das is better than Rajiv Shukla........

  • InsideHedge on March 8, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    First I thought it was a moniker. This guy's actual name is "Sachin Baby"? Hilarious. CricInfo's profile page doesn't have a picture, get to work!

  • HadesLogic on March 7, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Its clear what's going on here... youngsters from weak cricket teams (apart from Singh and in terms of selection clout) with average (at best) records serve the purpose well. In the disguise of promoting 'talent', these cheaply acquired players can be used for subversive purposes and then discarded easily without collateral damage... Simple idea and great execution

  • Top-Spinner on March 7, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    With a name like Sachin Baby , I doubt he will ever retire from cricket:-).

  • SamRoy on March 7, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Does Harmeet need to turn himself into a Vishal Dhabolkar (someone I love to hate)? When Mumbai chose Dhabolkar ahead of Iqbal Abdulla and Harmeet, I was stunned. Dhabolkar is a left arm slow bowler who doesn't spin the ball, doesn't even give it a rip. Yet he was in the Mumbai team and not those two because opposition didn't score quickly of his bowling. Sums up everything wrong with Indian Cricket about handling of young, promising spinners.

  • Cricketfan101 on March 7, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Good luck Sanju Samson and Harmeet Singh but I Hope The IPL Does Not Cause Him to Lose Key Qualities Like Flight And Turn

  • Cricketfan101 on March 7, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Good luck Sanju Samson and Harmeet Singh but I Hope The IPL Does Not Cause Him to Lose Key Qualities Like Flight And Turn

  • SamRoy on March 7, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Does Harmeet need to turn himself into a Vishal Dhabolkar (someone I love to hate)? When Mumbai chose Dhabolkar ahead of Iqbal Abdulla and Harmeet, I was stunned. Dhabolkar is a left arm slow bowler who doesn't spin the ball, doesn't even give it a rip. Yet he was in the Mumbai team and not those two because opposition didn't score quickly of his bowling. Sums up everything wrong with Indian Cricket about handling of young, promising spinners.

  • Top-Spinner on March 7, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    With a name like Sachin Baby , I doubt he will ever retire from cricket:-).

  • HadesLogic on March 7, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Its clear what's going on here... youngsters from weak cricket teams (apart from Singh and in terms of selection clout) with average (at best) records serve the purpose well. In the disguise of promoting 'talent', these cheaply acquired players can be used for subversive purposes and then discarded easily without collateral damage... Simple idea and great execution

  • InsideHedge on March 8, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    First I thought it was a moniker. This guy's actual name is "Sachin Baby"? Hilarious. CricInfo's profile page doesn't have a picture, get to work!

  • on March 8, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    after a series of good performance why assamese player are missing IPL CONTRACT????????? Pritom Das is better than Rajiv Shukla........

  • Elcana on March 8, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    @InsideHedge@777aditya : I also thought it referred to sachin's son..... I cant I gotta see this fellow....So he'll be called Baby.....funny...

  • Varun_R123 on March 8, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    I like the Royals' strategy and belief on youngsters. Right from Season 1, they unearthed many stars - Sir Ravindra Jadeja, Asnodkar, Sumeet Narwa, Pankaj Singh etc etc..

  • sportofpain on March 8, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    For those of you who are uninitiated Baby is a fairly common name in Kerala - it is his last name so whatever first name his parents chose, he'd be that Baby - so it could have been Virat Baby or Ashwin Baby as well. @InsideHedge - The name is not hilarious - that's his name. Players from other teams have last names like Darling and Love - they are fine names just as Sachin Baby is a fine name.

  • NikhilCh on March 8, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Though Royals signed these young men but they have signed a Mumbai lad-Pravin Tambe who is 42 now!!!!