The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) of India is just around the corner and set to take off from March 29, 2020. The auctions of the IPL 2020 held in December last year had already set the right mood of the game as the eight franchises filled the remaining slots to complete their 25-member squads.
In the meantime, the trading of the IPL popular players – Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin made quite the fuss ahead of the auction. Both Rahane and Ashwin were traded off to Delhi Capitals (DC) by Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), respectively.
However, during the auctions in Kolkata, most of the slots were filled by the uncapped Indian players in the franchises. While the likes of the Australian pacer Pat Cummins and Indian bowler, Piyush Chawla were the main highlights of the event for being sold for the whopping amount.
Whereas, the young Indian teens like Priyam Garg, Ravi Bishnoi, and Yashasvi Jaiswal were taken in for staggering INR 1.9 crore, INR 2 crore and INR 2.4 crore respectively. And with the way the current U-19 India team is doing at the U-19 Cricket World Cup, the uncapped players might just be the key for franchises in this season of the league.
Below are the five uncapped Indian players who could possibly end up as the leading run-scorers to eventually win the Orange Cap in the IPL 2020.
IPL 2020: Five uncapped Indian players who can don the Orange Cap
Nitish Rana (KKR):
The left-handed batsman with the ability to spin the ball is among the experienced Indian cricketers who have been a part of the premier league of India. And over the years, Nitish Rana has become a vital part of the Kolkata-based franchise of the league.
While he has been thriving in the first-class cricket, Rana has is on tour with the India A team. The southpaw was introduced to IPL by Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL 2015. However, he was later taken in by Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the IPL 2018.
In the two seasons with KKR, he has played 29 matches and amassed a total of 648 runs studded with four half-centuries. His blistering performance with KKR while having Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa out of the squad, Nitish has cemented his place in the top-order of Kolkata.
With the consistency in the shorter version of the game, Nitish is most likely to play an important role in the upcoming IPL 2020, possibly he can even bag the Orange Cap.