Hardeep Brar had a long and arduous climb to the summit. Brar has emerged like a phoenix from the ashes of the domestic cricketing setup and is expected to take the 2020 season by storm.
Harpreet began his cricket career with Roopar in the Punjab inter-district league, where he consistently topped the wicket-takers lists. However, after his team was relegated, the 6 foot 2 inch spinner moved to Mohali at the behest of Gurkeerat Singh Maan, and the transfer paid off handsomely for the youngster. Harpreet’s experience after playing for Punjab’s under-16 team was tough. The junior selectors consistently dismissed him. In 2018, he appeared in his first under-23 season at the age of 23.
Kings XI Punjab bought Harpreet Brar for INR 20 lakhs at the auctions leading up to the IPL 2019. Brar’s tale is one of perseverance and persistence. The left-arm spinner had spent years attempting to get into the Punjab domestic cricket team, and had auditioned four times for KXIP, only to be turned down each time. He had intended to move to Canada, but a spur-of-the-moment call-up by his nearby IPL franchise has revived his cricketing hopes. In 2019, he made his IPL debut and played two games before being retained by KXIP for the 2020 season.
The allrounder made his debut against the Delhi Capitals and came in at a critical time for his club, scoring 20 runs off 12 balls to help Punjab reach a respectable total.
Junior cricket is not a surefire way to become a professional cricketer. In a country like India, the road is much more difficult because you’re up against hundreds of talented young men. Brar, on the other hand, has overcome the odds and risen to the top. Bharti Viz, who has played 72 first-class matches for Punjab and taken 319 wickets, has shown faith in Brar’s abilities on many occasions.