It is fairly unfair to dismiss the Indian Premier League as only a league of entertainment. It does much more than that; unearths a pool of young, unrecognized talent each year, and fast-tracks their campaign into the national team. IPL 10 is no different. This is probably why India boasts of strong bench strength in world cricket. Midway through the competition, we have already excavated a couple of young players who could secure Indian cricket’s future.
Without further ado, here is the pick of 5 uncapped players in the tenth and historic season of the 8-team league, who are making the most of the ‘rise and shine’ opportunity.
Nitish Rana has been the most consistent performer for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2017. The 23-year-old is a well-known name in Delhi’s domestic circuit. He has scored 3 half centuries this IPL, along with other crucial contributions throughout the tourney. Most recently, his 61-run partnership with Jos Buttler deprived RCB of their last hope for a playoff berth. At No. 3, Rana hasn’t made Ambati Rayudu’s absence felt, and he will continue being a vital cog in Mumbai’s quest to win their third IPL trophy.
The fashion in which the 26-year-old Pune opener is ‘rising’ with every game, it appears that he is destined to stay on. Tripathi, who plays for Maharashtra Cricket Association in the domestic circuit, has scored 352 runs in 9 games for Pune, with his highest of 93 coming against KKR at Eden Gardens. Of that 93, 78 runs came from boundaries alone, as he totally ripped through the hosts. Tripathi also enjoys the distinction of hitting 6 sixes in an over on two occasions in local cricket.
The emergence of Basil Thampi in this edition of IPL has shown that there is no dearth of quicks in India who can bowl over 140 kmph. He has exhibited exceptional accuracy in his execution of Yorkers, especially in the death overs, for the Gujarat Lions. His eight wickets in nine innings with an economy rate of 8.87 thus far is a testament to his innate
When Rising Pune Supergiant replaced injured Ravichandran Ashwin with another Tamil Nadu all-rounder Washington Sundar, a lot of eyebrows raised. His bowling in the powerplays has been exceptional. He has been providing balance to the RPS bowling department, giving away only 26 from 4 hours runs against Gujarat Lions and 19 runs from 3 overs against Hyderabad.
The young Punjab bowler is quietly doing his job in his debut IPL season, and he has been entrusted with bowling the death overs by captain David Warner, a job Kaul is doing well. He nails his yorkers perfectly in the death overs. Against the Rising Pune Supergiant, the 26-year old 4 for 29 was instrumental in restricting the opponents to 148. In all likeliness, Kaul’s talent is not going to fade away anytime soon.