With the country’s cricket festival IPL 2020 about to commence, the focus will be on budding Indian cricketers to rise to the occasion and make a strong case for themselves to be future Indian stars.
The start of the Indian Premier League 2020 is only a few weeks away now. The stage will once again be set as high profile players clash against each other in the toughest T20 cricket league. Over its past 12 editions, the T20 league has been a breeding ground for a lot of young cricketing talents across the globe. There have been some serious talents emanating from the league. And it will be no different this time around. Youngsters like Yashasvi Jaiswal and Priyam Garg stand out as the ones to watch out for at the IPL 2020.
Heads Up! Will young Indian talents boss IPL 2020?
- Over the years, IPL has been a breeding ground for young cricketing talents across the globe.
- Some special Indian U19 stars are going to be a part of the T20 league.
- Young talents have a perfect opportunity of showcasing their cricketing skills to the world.
Indian stars emanating from IPL
The IPL has laid the foundation for many current Indian stars. Besides, there have also been notable international talents from IPL, which otherwise may have gone unnoticed.
Many from the current lot of Indian players comprising of Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, and many others have been a product of IPL.
These players were always around the circuit but it was IPL that gave them a platform. It helped them rise to the ranks. With the 13th edition of the league about to commence, it’s a chance for us to explore some of the uncapped young Indian talents. Talents who can be the potential future Indian stars.
The 18-year-old prodigy has been a serious talking point of late. As a part of the India U19 team, Yashasvi Jaiswal ended up being the leading run-getter in the 2020 U19 World Cup in South Africa. In the 6 matches that India played, Yashasvi amassed 400 runs at an average of 133. He played a vital role in India reaching the finals.
In October 2019, a 17-year-old Yashasvi became the youngest cricketer in the world to score a List A double century. In the auctions leading up to IPL 2020, the U19 star was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a whopping 2.4 crores INR. For someone like Yashasvi Jaiswal, who came from a humble background, something like this was a dream. With the talent that he poses, Yashasvi may well be the emerging star of IPL 2020.
Just like Yashasvi Jaiswal, the Uttar Pradesh-born young cricketer Priyam Garg is another among the list of rising Indian stars to watch out for at IPL 2020. The 20-year-old gained attention after being named the captain of India’s U19 team for the World Cup in South Africa. Though his performances in the World Cup weren’t significant, Priyam was lauded for the way he carried the team in the event.
Since his domestic debut in 2018, the youngster has played 12 first-class matches scoring 867 runs along with 2 centuries. His impressive domestic performances helped in getting a contract of 1.9 crores INR with Sunrisers Hyderabad. Playing alongside David Warner and Kane Williamson, the youngster can certainly add more to his skills.
Already being called as India’s next ‘spin wizard’, the Rajasthan lad was snapped by Kings XI Punjab for 2 crores INR in the IPL 2020 auctions. As a teammate of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravi turned out to be the highest wicket-taker in the U19 World Cup. His 17 wickets in 6 matches at a miserly economy of 3.48 made India reach the final of the ICC event.
Post his debut in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy, the 19-year-old has grabbed eyeballs with his performances. Indian legend Anil Kumble is the head coach of Kings XI Punjab. Thus, it will be a perfect opportunity for Ravi Bishnoi to inherit some skills from the legendary leg spinner.
Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore
The 23-year-old Tamil Nadu lad made his domestic debut in 2017. Sai Kishore’s consistency in his bowling caught everyone’s attention. In the recently concluded T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Sai Kishore grabbed 20 wickets in 12 matches. He had an impressive economy of 4.63. He turned out to be the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
Chennai Super Kings got hold of the wily spinner at his base price of 20 lakhs INR. With slow, turning tracks on offer in Chennai, he may well turn out to be a smart buy for CSK. Playing under the leadership of great MS Dhoni will only make Sai Kishore fine-tune his skills. IPL 2020 offers a platform for the 23-year-old to push his case for a national selection.