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Kings XI Punjab sign Gurkeerat for IPL V

chandigarh Updated: Mar 03, 2012 12:50 IST

A good showing in the Vijay Hazare North Zone tournament has helped Gurkeerat Singh Mann snatch a Kings XI Punjab contract for the fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The 21-year-old lad has been the mainstay of Punjab’s batting in the Vijay Hazare, notching up 236 runs in five matches at an average of 47.20.

“There is a lot of talent in this region so I can’t afford a slip up. I need to avail this opportunity and do well in the IPL,” Mann said.

The middle-order batsman has been a part of many successful campaigns for Punjab in the junior circuit. He has represented the state in both Cooch Behar and Vinoo Mankad trophies in the under-19 category. Of late, he was a member of the team that won the CK Nayudu tournament by defeating Delhi in the final.

“Punjab coach Vikram Rathore has also shown immense faith in me. He promoted me to one down position that has given me great confidence,” Mann said. The cricketer scored his highest 108 runs in List A for Punjab against Services.

Mann started playing at the age of nine under Mohali cricket association coach Sukhwinder Singh Tinku. Besides him, Kings XI have also picked up Delhi’s right arm medium