‘Where Talent Meets The Opportunity’, is the motto inscribed on the IPL trophy. It’s true that IPL is the biggest cricketing league in the world in terms of money, stardom, glamour but it has given the opportunity to numerous young talented players from around the world a stage to showcase what they have got. IPL has been home to hundreds of talented stars and many recognized players have broken the barrier of the national team by putting up their hands in the tournament.
In this article, we will have a look at 8 Indian players, few of them very new and few of them well-known but all of them can make the most of the opportunity they have got and might emerge as heroes!
Deepak Chahar (Chennai Super Kings
Despite having good outings for his domestic team Rajasthan, Chahar wasn’t well known before the last IPL. However, he had a lot of eyes turned towards him right from the first over he bowled in IPL 2018. He got the ball to move in the air and off the pitch. He was used very well by Dhoni. His quota of 4 overs was mostly finished up front because of his ability to move the ball. On the back of his domestic performance & IPL, Chahar even got a national call-up for T20Is vs England. He wasn’t very impressive in one match he played in. Since then, he’s been inconsistent. Has had a few good & few decent matches. This will be Chahar’s second season & as mentioned often, the 2nd season for a bowler is always hard. Batsmen know what you have got in your arsenal & they have a better idea of how to counter you. That’s why I’m pretty buffed to see how he does.
Avesh Khan (Delhi Capitals)
Avesh Khan has been a part of this franchise last year as well & he had a poor outing. Playing in 6 matches, Avesh went for around 11 RPO & accounted for only 4 dismissals. He has pace, but he suffered due to the lack of control & variations. This year though, Avesh had a very good Ranji season this year. He was the highest wicket-taker for Madhya Pradesh with 35 dismissals in wicket-take rich included a career-best 4/8 vs Kerala. If he can bowl well, Avesh might get consistent chances for Delhi Capitals and with the form he is in, he will look to make it count.
Ankit Rajpoot (Kings XI Punjab)
3rd bowler in this list, Ankit is coming off a great Ranji season for Uttar Pradesh. He picked 41 wickets in 8 matches & was the 2nd highest wicket-taker for his side. His strength is his control over line and length, good enough pace to hurry the batsman and he can generate movement off the deck. Ankit was the first bowler to take a fifer in IPL 2018 when he took 5/14 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad. Though he wasn’t as good in few other matches, he ended up with 11 wickets in 8 matches. A good IPL season this year might put Ankit in the eyes of national selectors.
Shubman Gill (Kolkata Knight Riders)
One of the most talented batting stars going around in the country, Shubman is someone who can be a big prospect for both KKR & Indian national team. He was part of Indian team for 2 ODIs vs New Zealand and couldn’t do much but there is no dearth of talent here. He had a good IPL season last year, scoring over 200 runs with an average over 33 & S/R of 146. Most of the times, he came at the end of the innings and hence had to try and score quick runs instead of trying to build the innings. This year though, he might bat higher up the order & will get a lot more opportunities to score runs. A good IPL season might put him in the contention for a spot the national team after World Cup. Really excited to see how he does in this IPL.
Ishan Kishan (Mumbai Indians)
Another extremely talented batsman, Kishan is someone who has done very well in domestic competitions and more so in T20 games. He has scored a century for Jharkhand in recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Kishan was part of Mumbai Indians last year as well. He played 4 very good innings but was very inconsistent and mediocre in the other matches. This year, he will have to bat with a lot more responsibility in the league. One of the highlights of the last season for me was his knock of 62*(24) vs KKR and the way he took the charge to Kuldeep Yadav. He is someone who has the potential to set the stage on fire and a lot is expected from him this season.
Vijay Shankar (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Part of Delhi Daredevils (Capitals) last year, Shankar is back to his previous franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad this year. This allrounder from Tamil Nadu has grabbed the headlines in the last few months because of his solid outings for the national team. Shankar is a solid batsman who can give you a few overs. He was really impressive with the bat for India. Be it handling the situation when India was in a bad condition vs New Zealand or take the innings on its course with Virat Kohli vs Australia, Shankar looked solid with the bat & played with maturity. With him being one of the front runners for the #4 spot for the national team, a good IPL will only increase his chances to get on the flight to England.
Shreyas Gopal (Rajasthan Royals)
Shreyas has been around the domestic set up and IPL for a long time. Despite being around the IPL for 4 years and having a decent record, he has played only 17 games & 11 of them were last year. He had a good IPL season last year, picking up 11 wickets at an economy around 7.5. His best performance was in their last league match vs Royal Challengers Bangalore when he picked up 4/16. His weakness has been his lack of control & ends up long hops many times. If he can improve his consistency, he might be even more useful. He is more effective on slow decks like the ones at Sawai Mansingh Stadium at Jaipur & hence is the one to watch out for.
Shivam Dubey (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
If you’ve followed news related to IPL in last month, you must be no stranger to this name. Shivam is a powerful hitter of the ball & bowls right arm medium pace. It was only the day before IPL 2019 auctions, that Shivam smashed Baroda spinner Swapnil Singh for 5 sixes in a Ranji Trophy game. Shivam has also appeared for 7 first class games for Mumbai & averages over 50 with the bat & has a fifer to his name with the ball. Talking about his role in the team Shivam said that team management expects him at 6-7 and do the role of a finisher. With the kind of price tag he has in front of his name, it will be interesting to see how Shivam fares against the high expectations.
One of the main joys of watching IPL is to see how youngsters do well. This are my 8 Indian names to watch out for. All of them are very talented. Few on the verge of breaking into national team and few can get the attention they need to by doing well for the franchise.
Thanks for reading!