After the announcement of the schedule, fans all across the country could not contain their excitement to support their favourite teams in the cricketing extravaganza. For the upcoming IPL campaign, the BCCI battled the pressure of avoiding a hectic schedule which could hamper with the fitness of the cricketers ahead of the ICC World Cup, and the potential obstruction due to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and finally a balanced scedule was released.
The cash-rich IPL is seen as a festival in India and cricket enthusiasts long for the season of it to begin. The tournament will also be a great platform for youngsters to make a name for themselves in a bid to make it to their respective national teams — specifically Indian cricket team for the locals — some day.
From veterans and legends to contemporary stars, and budding talents – the IPL will bring all these talents together as they battle it out for the coveted trophy in the 20-over format tournament.
According to IANS, here are some of the emerging youngsters, scheduled to make their IPL debut this season.
At Rs 7.2 crore, England all-rounder Sam Curran is one of the most expensive foreigners in this IPL. The 20-year-old was in a good form during India’s tour of England, scoring 272 runs. Besides being handy with the bat, Curran also has the ability to strike with the ball.
He was pocketed by Kings XI Punjab and the bowling all-rounder is expected to play a key role for the Ravichandran Ashwin-led side.
New Zealand’s Santner is another foreigner who is expected to perform well in the IPL. The Kiwi star will make his debut for Chennai Super Kings this year.
The left-arm spinner, retained by the defending champions for Rs 50 lakh, missed the 2018 season due to an injury. Santner could play a crucial role for Chennai if skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni decides to utilise his services.
Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) have a promising foreigner in West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer. Picked up by the Virat Kohli-led side for Rs 4.20 crore following a good show during West Indies’ 1-3 series loss to India, the left-hander is expected to add to his team’s explosive batting line-up, which also includes Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Hetmyer had a good outing in India. He accumulated 259 runs from five games with a terrific strike rate of 140.
Kings XI Punjab leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy grabbed attention at the IPL auction this year by becoming the joint-most expensive buy along with left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat at Rs 8.40 crore.
The 27-year-old Karnataka spinner has claimed 22 wickets in nine List A matches. It remains to be seen how he fares in the IPL.
Termed as mystery spinner, Chakravarthy shot into limelight in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2018, scalping nine wickets from 10 matches, with an economy rate of 4.7. Looking at his record, he is expected to give batsmen a difficult time.
Last but not the least, hard-hitter Ashton Turner is also one of the cricketers to watch out for in his debut IPL season. Turner was bagged by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 50 lakh. In the Australian Big-Bash League (BBL), Turner amassed 378 runs from 14 games for Perth Scorchers.
Royal’s skipper Ajinkya Rahane will certainly expect him to replicate his BBL show in India.
(With IANS Inputs)