IPL 2013 news March 7, 2013

Sachin Baby, Harmeet Singh among Royals' new signings

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • 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:


  • 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...