IPL is a well known platform for Indian youngsters to showcase their talent and knock the door of BCCI for the selection of national for T20 and One day Internationals. We have seen in the recent years with players like Ajinkya Rahane, Axar Patel, Sanju Samson, Karn Sharma etc achieving this. At the end of league stages concluded yesterday in IPL 8, we have many youngsters who performed well.
Here we look at Top-5 promising Indian youngsters of IPL-8 –
1. Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas is just 20 years old who started playing cricket at the age of 12. Iyer made his list-A debut for Mumbai in November 2014, in the 2014-15 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He scored 273 runs in that tournament. He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Mumbai in 2014-15 and scored a total of 809 runs including 2 centuries and made a name for himself.
He was bought by Delhi Daredevils for IPL 8 season. He showed his mettle by scoring 439 runs with 4 half centuries in 14 matches. Among the debutants, he the only batsman to score 400 plus runs thus proving his potential to be considered for national squad.
2. Deepak Hooda
Deepak Hooda is another promising youngster who is 20 years of age. He plays for Baroda team in the Ranji Trophy. He is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right arm off-break. He played for India in the Under-19 World Cup played in 2014.
He was bought by Rajasthan Royals. He made his IPL debut on 10th April 2015. His best performance for the Rajasthan Royals has been scoring 54 off 25 against Delhi Daredevils and giving away 20 runs off his four overs for which he was adjudged the Man of the match. In 13 matches, he has scored 140 runs with 1 fifty with a strike rate of 172.84.
3. Sarfraz Khan
Sarfraz Khan is just 17-years old and was a part of the Under-19 World Cup squad that played in 2014. In the Under-19 World Cup 2014, he scored 211 runs at an average of 70.33. He plays for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. He is well known for his aggressive hitting and innovative strokes. He was noticed when he scored a brilliant 439 in his maiden Harris Sheffield Shield match in 2009 when he was just 12.
He was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in this year’s IPL and became the youngest player to feature in IPL. His best contribution was a knock of 45 off 21 against Rajasthan Royals as he showed the talent proving that he can go a long way in representing the national squad sooner than later if he continues the way he is playing.
4. Yuzvendra Chahal –
He is another promising youngster of just 24 years of age. He plays for Haryana in Ranji Trophy. He is a leg-break bowler. He made his first class debut against Madhya Pradesh at the age of 19. He did not play many matches for Mumbai Indians in IPL. He was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL-7. He has picked 14 wickets in IPL-8 proving his potential as utility leg-spinner.
5. Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya is another promising young Indian player of 21 years. He plays for Baroda in Ranji Trophy. He is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium fast. He was bought by the Mumbai Indians. His contribution to the Mumbai Indians has been brilliant against Chennai Super Kings scoring 21 off 8 balls and took 3 catches to win the match for MI. In another match against KKR, he scored 62 off 31 balls and helped Mumbai Indians to get a respectable total on the board which ultimately helped MI win the match. He was awarded the man of the match award against KKR. He has a lot of power and can hit the ball a long way which he has shown in this year’s IPL.