Hardeep Brar had a long, hard ascent to the top. After struggling in the wilderness of the Domestic cricketing setup, Brar has risen like a phoenix and is expected to take the 2020 season by storm.
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Harpreet started off for Roopar in the Punjab inter-district cricket tournament and regularly topped the wicket-takers charts. However, once his team was relegated, the 6 feet 2 inches spinner made a move to Mohali on Gurkeerat Singh Maan's insistence and that worked wonders for the youngster. Harpreet had a difficult journey after playing for Punjab under-16. The junior selectors ignored him consistently. At 23, he played in his first under-23 season in 2018.
Harpreet Brar was snaffled up by Kings XI Punjab for a sum of INR 20 lakhs at the auctions prior to IPL 2019. Brar’s story has been one of tenacity and patience. The left-arm spinner had spent some years trying to break into the Punjab domestic cricket team, and auditioned with KXIP on four occasions, only to face rejection each time. He had decided to migrate to Canada, but a last-moment call-up by his local IPL franchise has breathed new life into his cricketing ambitions. He made his IPL debut in 2019 and played two games and was retained by KXIP ahead of the 2020 season.
The allrounder made his debut against delhi Capitals and came at a precarious situation where his team was struggling and blasted off 12 ball 20 to take the Punjab side to a respectable total.
Junior cricket is not a guaranteed path to becoming an established cricketer. In a country like India, the path is even tougher because you are competing with hundreds of talented boys. However, Brar has battled all the odds and made his way upto the top. His coach, Bharti Viz, who has played 72 first-class matches for Punjab and taken 319 wickets has repeatedly shown confidence in Brar's abilities.