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Grooming a young team around stalwarts like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal has been the board's strategy and they stayed true to their word at the 2019 Player Auction. With 6 of the 9 players bought aged 25 or below, the decision makers have their eyes firmly fixed on the future. Get to know our 9 picks better, below.
Shimron Hetmyer, 22
Shimron Hetmyer endeared himself to the Indian crowd with his entertaining six hitting in the recently concluded limited over series for the Windies, finishing with an impressive 259 runs in 5 ODIs.
Gurkeerat Singh Mann, 28
Not many will remember that Gurkeerat Singh Mann has donned the national colours under the leadership of MS Dhoni in 2016 in Australia. An athletic all-rounder, Gurkeerat is always in the game. He joins RCB having played 30 VIVO IPL games for teams like KXIP, DC batting in the middle order.
Devdutt Padikkal, 18
Wristy, powerful and the gift of timing. Born in Edapal, Kerala and playing his cricket for Karnataka, 18 year old Devdutt Padikkal looks every bit of the top order batsman we were looking for. He has impressed in the KPL and recently made his First class debut for Karnataka.
Shivam Dube, 25
Shivam Dubey has established himself as a household name with his big hitting abilities, having smashed 5 sixes in an over in a Ranji Trophy game playing for Mumbai. Sunil Gavaskar rates him highly, calling him "India's cleanest hitting left-hander since Yuvraj Singh."
Heinrich Klaasen, 27
Heinrich Klaasen's claim to fame came earlier in the year when he unleashed the reverse sweeps and slog sweeps against teammate Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in a match-winning knock in the Pink ODI at Johannesburg! He has since established himself in limited overs cricket for South Africa.
Prayas Ray Barman, 16
Prayas Ray Barman has been making waves as a wonderkid leg spinner playing for Bengal. He stands at 6'1" and is still growing! His bowling approach resembles RCB and India hero Anil Kumble and like him, is on line and quick in the air. He made his List A debut in September 2018 and with 11 wickets in 9 games, was their leading wicket-taker in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Milind Kumar, 27
27 year old Milind Kumar played all his cricket for Delhi, before moving to Sikkim at the start of the 2018-19 Domestic season. The move did him wonders as he has already notched up 1000 runs in the Ranji Trophy, which includes 2 double tons! Happy times, ahead...
Akshdeep Nath, 25
Akshdeep Nath first burst onto the scene as deputy to Unmukt Chand in their 2012 U-19 World Cup winning team. He has since shown his versatility to bowl medium pace as well as take the gloves, if required. He led the run scoring charts for UP in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy and was also finished with 293 runs in 6 Vijay Hazare Trophy games in 2018-19.
Himmat Singh, 22
Delhi batsman Himmat Singh, who can also chip in with a few off breaks has represented Delhi at various youth levels. The 22 year old made his first class debut in 2017 and T20 debut in January 2018 for Delhi, establishing himself in the state side as a key top order batsman.