Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals on Thursday signed rising left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh along with three other young players for the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, commencing April 3.
Apart from Mumbai spinner Harmeet, the IPL side added talented Kerala batsmen Sachin Baby and Sanju Samson and Jharkhand paceman Rahul Shukla to their squad.
20-year-old Harmeet has represented India in two Under-19 ICC World Cups in 2010 and 2012. In the 2012 U-19 World Cup, he was one of the main pillars of India, helping win the title with his economy rate of 3.02.
Kerala's 18-year-old wicket-keeper Samson has been representing his state team since his Ranji debut in 2011 against Vidarbha.
The budding U-19 Asia Cup star hit two centuries in the Ranji Trophy last season and attended the Rajasthan Royals selection trials on January 27, 28 & 29th. The right-handed Samson was recently appointed vice-captain of the Kerala team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Baby has been a consistent performer for Kerala in the last few years and was among the top run-scorers in the invitational Buchi Babu Tournament and Vijay Hazare Trophy for his state.
The 24-year-old has played 14 first class and domestic matches, and has scored 492 runs with a highest score of 104 at an average of 49.20.
Rahul, 22-year-old right-arm medium pacer, played in the IPL in the 2010 and 2012 seasons and took seven wickets at 15.71 from four Twenty20 games with an economy rate of 7.17.
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid said, "The IPL has been an excellent platform for encouraging the growth of fresh talent in our country. These four confident players will provide more depth and variation to our team during IPL 2013."