Mumbai: Prayas Ray Burman became the youngest IPL debutant (16 years-157 days) when he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
However, his family preferred to keep it a low affair.
"Yes, we have been watching the match on television. We are contended with his debut match. We did not travel to Hyderabad but prefer it to go slow. It is too early days for him. Even we didn't expect so early breakthrough", his father, Dr. Kaushik Ray Barman said.
Like Kagiso Rabada, another IPL player from South Africa, Prayas Burman's father is also a doctor.
"I always honour passion of any individual...be it my son...he should give best efforts for his passion and did not insist that he should become a doctor".
Elaborating more about his son's love for the game, father says, "he is a born cricketer. He started loving the game and playing it at the early age of 3 or 3 1/2. I am really overwhelmed by his talent at the very early age.
I am contended being the father of an youngest player. But, he has to grow more, he has to sharp more, he needs more space and cement his place in the Under-19 and then the senior India team".
It was presumed that Prayas had lost interest in the game when India's ex-coach Greg Chappell had a spat with Saurav Ganguly. However, his father said that he was rather motivated after the incident.
"No it is not true. Rather he was more motivated after this incident. He moved from Delhi to Kolkata. He used to say there is a turn in Saurav Ganguly's career and now let me play for Bengal and then represent the country", the father further added.
Prayas Barman gave away most runs (56) in his quota of 4 overs but the family is hoping better performance by him in other matches....