Royal Challengers Bangalore signs up Indian youngsters
Royal Challengers Bangalore has signed up five Indian youngsters as a part of their squad for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League.
RCB had vacancies for up to 7 players in the squad including one overseas player after the player auction that was held on February 4th at Bangalore.
The five players include Syed Mohammad'>Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad, the bowler who was signed as a replacement player last year and was offered a fresh contract for IPL 2012. Syed Mohammed helped RCB win quite a few matches, bowling in tandem with skipper Daniel Vettori and was one of the finds of the season for RCB in the previous IPL season. The highlight of his performances was when he had Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar stumped in the second Qualifier at Chennai in 2011.
KP Appanna is another player who makes his way back to RCB. In this case, Appanna played for RCB from 2008 to 2010, taking 3 wickets in 7 matches that he played. He spent a year out of the IPL in 2011 but his strong performances in the Ranji Trophy saw him earn an IPL contract and come back to the RCB fold.
The third player is one of the most promising young batsmen in India, 17 year old Vijay Zol from Jalna, Maharashtra. Zol hit an unbeaten 451 for the Maharashtra U-19 team against Assam U-19s in a Cooch Behar Trophy match held at Nashik in December 2011 and understandably idolizes Virender Sehwag.
The two remaining cricketers signed up, Karun Nair of Karnataka and S Thiagarajan of Tamil Nadu are both allrounders.
Karun Nair is a right hand batsman who bowls off breaks and has been a part of the Karnataka age group teams. S Thiagarajan, a right handed top order batsman and medium pacer, has played as a part of the Tamil Nadu U-25 team.