Avinash Singh is an Indian cricketer (bowler). He was bought for Rs. 60 lakh by Royal Challengers Bangalore during the 2023 Indian Premier League mini-auction in Kochi on 23 December 2022.
Avinash Singh Manhas was born on Sunday, 4 January 1998 (age 24 years; as in 2022) in Jammu and Kashmir. His zodiac sign is Capricorn. Since childhood, his desire was to become an Indian Army officer. However, he failed the physical test twice and gave up the idea of joining the Indian Army. After failing the Indian Army physical test, his father decided to send Avinash to Canada. Although Singh played cricket as a hobby since childhood, he never aspired to pursue it as a career.
Height (Approx): 5′ 8″
Hair Color: Black
Eye colour: black
parents and siblings
Avinash Singh’s father Ashok Singh is an auto rickshaw driver. He has two younger brothers.
As of 2022, Avinash is unmarried.
From tennis ball cricket to Indian Premier League
As a hobby, Avinash used to play cricket with tennis balls with his friends in his locality. In February 2022, he along with one of his friends went to the cricket academy of Mayank Goswami (cricket coach). At the academy, he caught the eye of former cricketer and cricket coach Mayank Goswami for his bowling style. Goswami, impressed by Singh’s bowling style, asked him to join his (Mayank’s) cricket academy. But, Avinash did not return. After about a week, Mayank sent a coach from his academy to Avinash’s house, where Avinash’s family rejected Mayank’s request (to let Avinash join Mayank’s cricket academy) citing financial issues. Gave. After learning about Singh’s financial problems, Goswami approached Avinash’s father and convinced him to let Avinash play cricket. Goswami said that if Avinash fails to do something big within a year then he can send him to Canada.
Avinash played with a leather ball for the first time in Mayank’s academy. After training Avinash Singh at his academy for a few weeks, Mayank Goswami sent him (at Mayank’s expense) to Pune, where Avinash trained under cricket coach Ashok Gaikwad for a few months. Avinash returned to Jammu and Kashmir in June and started performing in the camps of IPL franchises like RCB, LSG and DC. At a camp at Royal Challengers Bangalore, he caught the attention of scouts, who asked him to be a part of RCB’s training. Talking about this in an interview, Avinash Singh said,
RCB had a trial in Mumbai in September. He liked my bowling action. I performed well in the camp. The fastest speed I bowled was 154.3 kmph. I was also called to Kolkata, Lucknow and Delhi franchises to give trials. That case also went well. I was fully hopeful that I would be bought.”
In December 2022, during the 2023 Indian Premier League mini-auction in Kochi, Avinash Singh was bought by IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs. 60 lakhs.
- Avinash Singh is a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium bowler.
- When he got the IPL contract by Royal Challengers Bangalore, he had not played a single professional cricket match.
- Singh was selected in the RCB IPL team just 10 months after he started bowling with a leather ball.
- Apparently his bowling action is very similar to that of Umran Malik, who made his debut for India in 2022.
- Initially Avinash’s father did not support his cricket and when Avinash’s name did not appear in the list of uncapped players, his father asked him to leave cricket and concentrate on going to Canada. His father said,
Chal, get rid of this cricket fever and start packing for Canada (Go, get rid of this cricket fever and start packing for Canada).
- According to some sources, Avinash was also invited by KKR and DC to participate in the trials.
- As of 2022, he has played two cricket matches for East Central Railway India. They played the first match against Dhruv CA and the second against Armed Police.
- Avinash was discovered through Hinterland Scouting, an AI-based scouting system that helps screen players from across the country.
- In an interview, Avinash Singh while talking about the financial condition of his family said,
I wanted to join the army, cricket was just a hobby. I never thought that I would get a chance to play professional cricket. My father is the sole earning member of the house. My two brothers are studying. I was not doing anything. Our financial condition was not good. There was no money to buy shoes. Papa asked me from where will I buy the cricket kit, it is so expensive. So I started making excuses to Mayank sir.”