A new face has joined India’s U-19 team for the upcoming Asia Cup. That being the 18-year old lad from Patiala, Prabhsimran Singh. The Asia Cup will be starting from September 29th in Dhaka. The batsman and wicket-keeper was selected after his impressive performance when he played for the Punjab U-19. He is the cousin of Punjab’s batsman Anmolpreet Singh.

When asked about his passion for cricket, Singh said that it all came from Anmol.  Anmol was very passionate about cricket and Singh used to follow him to the nets. It was after Anmol was selected for the Indian U-19 team that Singh got serious with the game. The team Anmol was selected in was for the World Cup 2016.

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When asked if the two had similar techniques, Singh replied by saying that they had a similar approach to batting. They both are very aggressive and love to sore the big hundreds. After batting his second love is wicket-keeping. This passion took him to the wicket-keeping camp at the National Cricket Academy or NCA. This was in Bengaluru and under Kiran More. The camp served as a selection ground as five U-19 wicket-keepers have been selected from across the nation.

While talking about wicket-keeping, Singh said that he worked hard on his skills as a wicket-keeper. It was a huge learning experience and he currently is trying to get the most out of the camp. One of his idols was Australian great, Adam Gilchrist.

Singh said that the wicket-keeping skills Gilchrist had was what amazed him and drew him into the field of wicket-keeping. It was all because of Adam Gilchrist that Singh fell in love with wicket-keeping.  The way Gilchrist would be keeping for 50 overs and his opening for Australia in limited-overs cricket excited Singh.

The current U-19 squad for the Asia Cup consists of:

Pavan Shah (Captain)

Anuj Rawat (wicket-keeper)

Prab Simran Singh (wicket-keeper)

Devdutt Padikkal

Yashasvi Jaiswal

Ayush Badoni

Yash Rathod

Nehal Wadhera

Siddharth Desai

Harsh Tyagi

Ajay Dev Goud

Yatin Mangwani

Mohit Jangra

Sameer Choudhary

Rajesh Mohanty