Domestic legend Swapnil Singh finally comes into limelight in IPL

Domestic legend

Royal Challengers Bangalore buy Swapnil Singh for just Rs 20 lakh in 2024 IPL auction

Despite making his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut in 2016, Swapnil Singh was largely an unknown commodity entering this season. In his last seven IPL matches, his impact was almost negligible, taking just one wicket in 72 balls.

Domestic legend Swapnil Singh finally comes into limelight in IPL

Guess whose wicket it was? Mahendra Singh Dhoni!

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This didn’t stop Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) from picking up the Punjab-born all-rounder for Rs 20 lakh in the 2024 IPL auction. So, what did RCB see in the all-rounder to buy him in the auction?

Swapnil’s career has been quite interesting. The now 33-year-old player was part of the 25-man probables for the 2008 Under-19 World Cup, but was ultimately not selected in the squad. What made the left-arm spinner stand out from the crowd was the fact that he made his first-class debut for Baroda at the age of 14 years and 355 days.

The left-arm spinner played 56 first-class matches for Baroda before moving to Uttarakhand. By that time, he had already made an impact, taking 124 wickets at an average of 32.25, including seven five-wicket hauls.

One performance that stood out most in his domestic T20 career was his 6/19 performance. Guess which team? Saurashtra. In the 2014/15 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT), the left-arm spinner shocked domestic giants Saurashtra, removing top stars like Sheldon Jackson and Cheteshwar Pujara.

That performance took him to the IPL, where he made his debut for Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab) at the Eden Gardens in 2016. The left-arm spinner did not get any wickets and was ignored for most of his IPL career before Lucknow Super Giants. LSG) rejuvenates his career in 2023.

However, given the competition, he did not get many opportunities and ultimately had to be content with a place on the bench. After eight matches on the bench for RCB, the all-rounder was finally called up against premiers Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 25 (Thursday).

His first impact was with the bat when he bowled a low full-toss off T Natarajan to begin his 2024 season. In the very next delivery, the right-handed player threw his hands to hit another four over the backward point region. Swapnil scored 12 runs in 6 balls, an innings that ultimately helped RCB cross the 200-run mark.


While Swapnil’s batting exploits had become well known, his bowling was still to come, given that he had a gun batting unit in front of him. The left-arm spinner’s last T20 appearance for Uttarakhand was in the 2023/24 season, where he took five wickets at an average of 25.20. Before making his debut for RCB, the left-arm spinner played 76 T20s, taking 63 wickets with the ball while maintaining an average of 25.06 and an economy of 7.05.

At 37/2, with Aiden Markram at the crease and Heinrich Klaasen walking out, it was the first real pressure situation for 33-year-old Swapnil. His hard work quickly paid off at the domestic level, as he dismissed South African captain Markram for eight runs from seven balls.

Four deliveries later, he was on target again, but this time frying a big fish. The left-arm spinner lofted the ball up, tempting Klaasen for a big hit. He not only dismissed Clasen but also silenced Uppal loyalists in Hyderabad.

While Swapnil was dismissed later in the innings, it was his second wicket that ultimately turned the tide in RCB’s favour.

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