IPL provides a great platform for youngsters to showcase their talent to the cricketing world. In the ongoing IPL, there have been some youngsters who have made the world sit and notice them.
Cricwizz looks into these cricketers.
Shivil Kaushik: The 20-year-old chinaman bowler has caught everyone’s attention with his bowling action which resembled the former South African bowler Paul Adams. Shivil Kaushik made his IPL debut for Gujarat Lions even before he has played any first-class match. Despite having an unorthodox action, Kaushik has been consistent with his bowling. He has not done badly, taking four wickets at an average of 30 in five IPL matches. He has taken big prize wickets of Murali Vijay, Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell. Future looks bright for the left-armer though.
Rishabh Pant: The 2016 U-19 World Cup squad member announced his arrival with an attacking fifty in the match against Gujarat Lions. Playing for Delhi Daredevils, Rishabh Pant, 19, pounded the bowling of experienced and international cricketers such as Praveen Kumar and James Faulkner. He made a brilliant 69 off 40 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes to make his presence felt. He has been the find of the season.
Sarfaraz Khan: The U-19 World Cup hero, Sarfaraz Khan carried his good form into IPL 2016, coming up with couple of crucial cameos for his team, Royal Challengers Bangalore. He proved he is a street-smart cricketer who understands the vagaries of T20 cricket. His lofted shots and scoops have fetched him quite a handful of runs in the death overs. His 35*against Sunrisers Hyderabad took RCB total to 227/4 and beyond the opposition’s reach. Sarfaraz, 18, is a good talent who with more experience can be a really good cricketer.
Shreyas Iyer: The Mumbai cricketer has grabbed headlines not for his exploits, but with his failure with the bat. Coming into IPL 2016, Shreyas Iyer, 21, was expected to take the T20 by storm after his exploits in 2015-16 Ranji season where he emerged the highest run-getter with 1321 runs at an average of 73.38. He was also the highest run-getter for Delhi in last year’s IPL with 439 runs in 14 matches. But surprisingly, runs have dried for him in 2016 IPL as he recorded three ducks and just 22 runs from 5 games. His rare failures have grabbed more headlines than anything this IPL season.
Sam Billings: Delhi Daredevils’ strategy to bank on youngsters has yielded them good results. Their faith in England cricketer Sam Billings, 24, has paid off as the batsman produced a match-winning 54 on IPL debut. His knock came off just 34 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes that helped Delhi post a match-winning total of 186/8 against Kolkata Knight Riders. The knock helped him retain his place in the XI in the next match ahead of all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite.