Harpreet Singh Bhatia, the Madhya Pradesh batsman, has been signed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement for injured Sarfaraz Khan for the remainder of the ongoing tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017.
19-year-old Sarfaraz sustained a leg injury during an inter-squad practice game at the Chinnaswamy Stadium ahead of the season and has since not featured for last year’s finalists in any of the six games so far.
Left-handed batsman Harpreet has represented India under-19s in the past. He has also enjoyed a consistent run in the domestic limited-over competitions for Madhya Pradesh and finished as the leading run-scorer of the Syed Mushtaq Ali inter-zonal tournament for Central Zone in 2016-17.
Harpreet, who has played for two IPL franchises in past editions, went unsold in February’s IPL auction at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are languishing at sixth spot in the IPL table, will now lock horns with the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 23 in Kolkata. -(KK, MR) – Agencies