No league in the world can beat IPL when it comes to producing young sensations. As always, there are many such talents in the 10th season of IPL, which the world had seen for the first time. These immensely talented lads with bright future had shown their skills in this limited overs format.
These players stole the show for their team’s with blistering performances throughout the tournament. These uncapped players are young and are said to carry the Indian National Cricket Team in the near future. Here is the glimpse on some of the talents which fired up in this IPL.
This 17-Year Old guy who got a late call up by Rising Pune Supergiant’s on the last moment as a replacement of Well-known spinner Ravi Ashwin. He had previously played for Under 19’s team and Vijay Hazare Trophy taking 7 wickets in 8 matches. Just like Old fashioned off spinner, he got no Doosra’s or carom balls.
His primary contributions to his team in this season is bowling in power-play overs as he bowled 14 out of his 22 overs in power-play in the league phase. Most of the times he got uneventful overs because of his bowling in early overs just like Samuel Badree. His consistency pays him rewards in result of dot balls.
His economy with the bowl had been just 7.09 with the ball. He gave a tough time with the ball to t20 specialist like David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. He prefers to bowl with the new ball and that is challenging for him. His debuted against David Warner and didn’t allow him to release his arms with his tight lengths. He too found the quality of bowling those Yorkers which normal slow bowlers founds difficult.
He usually doesn’t give much room to the batsmen to free his arms or to attack him. He got to his striking performance in an important game, qualifier 1 against Mumbai Indians in which he claimed 3 wickets giving only 16 runs that turned out to be a match winning performer. He can be a handy batsman too, as he claims himself as an All-rounder and had shown it at domestic level. He can be one of the bowlers who Indian selectors would have an eye for the hereafter as a replacement for iconic player Ashwin.
4. Ishan Kishan
Another Marvelous talent of just 18 years old, show cased his talent in IPL playing for Gujrat Lions. He scored 277 runs in 11 matches with a strike rate of 134. An aggressive wicket keeper batsman who had also scored most runs by a Jharkhand player in 2016-17 Ranji Trophy continued his form in t20 overs format too.
This immensely talented player who became one of the pillar of the team in this season. He had captained India U19’s in World Cup too leading his team to final. This guy showed off his skills in the matches against quality bowling of Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers and RCB. Only in his third match of the season going at no 7 played a handy knock of 39 runs off just 16 balls, playing some really fantastic shots, hitting four sixes.
This superlative lad was also examined as an opener by his team which turned out to be a successful decision. He soon fired against Mumbai Indians scoring 48 runs off 35 balls on the pitch where no other batsmen flourished. This tremendous player sustained his form in all the upcoming matches and was finally succeeded in scoring a half century against SRH which boosted the team. His quality of playing orthodox shots all around the ground achieved him applause from all sides.
Not only batsmen he had performed brilliantly in the field also taking some spectacular catches. He got a prolific first class career too, and could be one of the future of Indian Cricket Team. He has a tendency to perform at a higher level, which will be soon shown at INTL level too.
3. Rahul Tripathi
This flamboyant, reckless hard hitting batsmen who was bought in by Rising Pune SuperGiants for IPL 10th season. He showed his class as he struck seven thirty-plus scores in eight innings, including 93 off 52 against KKR – of which 78 runs came through boundaries.
With a swayed domestic career, he was added onto the side which was a blessing for him. This talented 26 year old man played scored 388 runs in this edition with an exceptional SR of almost 150. Tripathi’s art of middling the ball, achieves him more and more boundaries, especially in power play overs. He gave his side rapid starts against quick bowlers as he had SR of 159 against them.
This sensation likes to take on bowlers on the both sides of the field. An excellent timer of the ball who could go big against spinners too. At one point in the tournament he was the highest run scorer above Warner, Smith, Gautam etc. Rahul’s tournament with the bat had been excellent throughout the season, which nobody would have expected. He could be one of the players who could represent INDIA as he got that ability to perform in pressure situations against quality bowlers.
2. Nitish Rana
Another blistering performer of this season representing Mumbai Indians. Despite being part of the team in previous 2 seasons, he didn’t get enough chances to prove himself, although he performed well in his short stint with the team. A good first class and a stable list A career made his way to IPL.
In this season he scored 333 runs with an average of 30 with and SR of 126 making 3 half centuries. An intelligent, hard hitter, middle order batsman who can turn the situation of the match any time with his bat had also played some handy knocks for his team this season.
A utility player to the team who can play with aggression and more attacking cricket. He is labelled as good talent by the greats (Mahela and Sachin Tendulkar) who are part of the MI coaching staff. His contributions to the team had been epic as he played some fantastic inning this year that includes his 61* against KXIP and another 2 half centuries. He also had a skill of playing shots in unusual areas. He is recognized one of the future of Indian team because of his blitzing performance in this season and he could be surely tried in middle order.
1. Rishabh Pant
An extraordinary talent of this young guy who played a couple of seasons of Delhi Daredevils as a wicketkeeper batsman. His steady first class career had made him achieve more applause and resulted in him getting the captaincy of Delhi Team. An aggressive player and a great improviser of the ball, especially in middle order.
It would be right to call him as a fearless and selfless batsman as he played some excellent innings at a young age in this season. He had the audacity of playing virtuous shots and his brilliant confidences awarded him in result of more runs. From the very first match he showed his class against RCB despite going such a tragedy as he lost his father just before the start of IPL.
But it didn’t stop him from playing for his team, but it increased his passion and interest for the game. Rishab pant played a match winning performance against Gujrat Lions scoring 97 off just 43 balls. His fast bat swings help him to send the balls into the stands. A player who could pick any kind of bowl on his day, including slower ones and tricky bowls. His ability of the judging poor bowl allows him to go for a heave on weak deliveries.
He is one of the solid hard hitter wicket keeper batsmen whom India is needed at this stage after the departure of MS Dhoni and he could be a perfect replacement. He had been already praised by many legends for his clean hitting and temperament. This extremely talented guy has a bright future and all hope that he would utilize his talent to become a much better player at INTL level too.
There are some other amazing finds too in this season such as Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Basil Thampi, Mohammad Siraj, Ankit Soni, Natarjan, Pawan Negi and others. This platforms exposes talented players and gave them chance and ability to learn from world class experience players from all around the world. These player could be surely the future of India if they develops themselves at the right time. These young guns with extreme talents not only got respect in eyes of cricketing legends but they also got many followers of themselves.