Punjab batsman Gurkeerat Singh was named the team’s vice-captain for the upcoming Ranji season 2019-20. The right-handed batsman has played 3 ODIs for India in 2016 against Australia on the tour down under. However, his India career ended just as soon as it began. But he has kept going strong in the domestic season and IPL as well with his performance showing his caliber.
Gurkeerat Singh has played 49 First-class matches making 2942 runs with six tons, the best score of 201* at an average of 43.91. In 98 T20s, he has made 1624 runs with six half-centuries at a strike rate of 125.11. These figures are indicative enough of the promise the 29-year-old has shown in his career and given that he was retained by the Royal Challenges Bangalore for the IPL 2020, the batsman will hope that he gets more chances to show his true talent.
“Hopefully, I will play more matches in the next season,” says Gurkeerat Singh
Gurkeerat Singh first came into prominence when the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) bought him during the 2011-12 auction. His catch of Ross Taylor at fine-leg is still part of IPL highlight reels and this viral video made him a star all over the country instantly. However, opportunities were limited for him in KXIP and Delhi Daredevils, who bought him in 2017.
Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him in 2019, but he was benched for the first half of the season. He was given a chance in the last few games, where he scored a 48-ball 65 in a 144-run stand with Shimron Hetmyer and this helped him in getting retained by the RCB franchise for IPL 2020, where he hopes he will get more chances in the middle.
It is frustrating to warm the bench when your team is not doing well. “I waited for my chance, all I could do. Hopefully, I will play more matches in the next season,” Gurkeerat was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
Meanwhile, Gurkeerat Singh and rising young star of Indian cricket Shubman Gill are cousins and the young gun Gill has even called Gurkeerat his mentor. Mann says: “I have kept an elder brotherly watch on him since he was six. The love of this game is the secret of our closeness. He is a great talent, quick learner, and adaptable. After the match, we do a post-mortem analysis of the game and point out each other’s flaws.”
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