IPL 2020: 5 young Indian players to look out for in the auctions
While there is a lot of excitement around the seasoned Indian and overseas players in the IPL, young guns also draw a lot of interest. The prodigy story never fails to impress.
Fans are always willing young kids to perform against the big boys. Even if they do not translate their age-cricket performances on the big stage, they still get an opportunity to groom themselves and interact with some of the sharpest minds in the business.
With that in mind, let's analyse the five young Indian players to look out for in the upcoming IPL auctions.
The Indian state of Tamil Nadu is famous for producing some quality spinners and Sai Kishore is the latest addition to that long list. After impressing in TNPL 2019, playing for Ruby Trichy Warriors, with an economy of 5.82, Sai Kishore translated his performances in the SMA trophy.
The spinner ended as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament with 20 wickets from 12 games at an average of 10.40 and an economy of 4.63, including magical best match figures of 4-6.
At just 17 years of age, Mumbai's Yashasvi Jaiswal became the youngest batsman to score a list A double century, compiling 203 off just 154 deliveries in a fixture against Jharkhand, that included 12 sixes and 17 fours. The double century came on the back of quality hundreds against Kerala and Goa in the domestic circuit.
Yashasvi Jaiswal is not a new name for the Indian cricket enthusiasts and first shot up to recognition after his triple century in school cricket. That was followed by daddy hundreds against South Africa under-19 and in the 2008 ACC under-19 Asia Cup.
India's domestic T20 competition Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy has thrown up a lot of gems but the one that has shone the brightest is Karnataka opener Devdutt Padikkal. He topped the run charts with 580 runs from 12 matches at an eye-catching average of almost 65 and an explosive strike rate of over 175 with one century, five half'centuries and the best of unbeaten 122.
Padikkal is knocking hard on the IPL door. The Karnataka opener also topped the 50-over domestic competition Vijay Hazare trophy run charts. Played just before the Syed Mushtaq Ali, he scored 609 runs from 11 innings at an average of 67.66 in the tournament. Padikkal's returns included two centuries and five half-centuries. He will be one of the hottest picks in the upcoming auctions.
Ever since Kapil Dev graced the Indian cricket circuit, there has always been a fascination in the country's cricket fans around pace bowling all-rounders. Although most of that has just been a fantasy as the country has not seen a lot of quality pace-bowling all-rounders since Dev. The likes of Irfan Pathan have flattered to deceive.
At the moment Hardik Pandya is India's leading pace bowling all-rounder but he is recuperating from a back injury. In the meanwhile, two players that have made it to the Indian squad are Vijay Shankar and Shivam Dube. Both of them do not have their bowling suit as strong as one would desire.
At such a time, Haryana's Harshal Patel has attracted the attention of many. He scored 374 runs from 12 games in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at an average of 30 and a strike rate of over 165, with two half-centuries. The all-rounder also found a place among the top 5 bowlers of the tournament with 19 wickets from 12 games at an average of just over 15 and an economy rate of around 7; figures that would have left the franchises drooling.
India is in the midst of an embarrassment of riches as far as batsmen are concerned. The likes of Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer have grabbed their opportunities with Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw waiting in the wings.
Rituraj Gaikwad from Maharashtra is another such name who has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit for a long time. What goes in his favor is that he can hit the long ball as well and struck at over 145 in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Gaikwad contributed 499 runs at a healthy average of 44, including three half-centuries and would be on the radar of the franchises.
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