The Indian Premier League has been successful in gaining worldwide attraction as players from all around the world come together to display their best. It turns out to be a great platform for some players to come out of their bad form( read Gautam Gambhir) while it also back fires for some others (read Virat Kohli)
But amidst all this stuff, one thing I feel great about this tournament is that it has proved to be a great platform for youngsters to show their mettle in the field. There are great players to steal the limelight but with them come a bunch of youngsters who act as game changers.
So as the IPL moves into its important stages, let’s talk about few youngsters who have gained the hype this season.
Pravin Tambe: – A youngster, but not a youngster. This 42 year old guy from Bombay has undergone a huge boost in his cricketing career the moment he performed for Rajasthan Royals in 2013, which steered his entry into the Mumbai Ranji Team.
This year too, he has been consistent with his line and length and more importantly, has been constantly taking wickets. Shane Watson has shown utmost trust in Tambe as he brings him into the attack at crucial situations. His leg-breaks have been awesome to watch. When he comes to bowl, it seems as if he will suddenly take a wicket. Such has been the danger of Pravin Tambe.
The 42 year old “youngster” hasn’t yet got the Indian selectors’ attention but if he maintains this remarkable performance, it will be just a matter of time when he will get the international call-up.
Yuzvendra Chahal: – Nobody ever heard of Yuzvendra Chahal before this IPL began. But after a month or so, since RCB’s first match against Mumbai Indians, the 23 year old from Haryana has gained a lot more popularity than he ever had.
IPL 2014 has been great for the leg spinners out of which Yuzvendra Chahal is consistent along with Pravin Tambe. His bowling has got so much hype that batsmen are playing his four overs safely. I think that itself is a great achievement for a young bowler like him.
Amidst a strong batting team, Yuzvendra Chahal has gained importance as an attacking bowler. He not only applies brakes on the run-rate but also takes wicket at crucial moments.
Surya Kumar Yadav: – Yadav earned the limelight when he struck three boundaries off Corey Anderson in the last over of the 1st match this season. It’s his aggressive batting that talks about his confidence as a batsman.
Surya has been perfect with his reverse flick as this shot has given him and his team some handy runs at the end. Along with Shakib, he has made KKR a more balanced team.
In the department of fielding too, he has been athletic and saved critical runs for his team. This boy from Bombay has become an important member in the KKR family and he would like to keep up this performance as this tournament progress further.
Sandeep Sharma: – The Patiala boy is doing wonders for Kings XI Punjab this season. He has been successful in swinging the ball both ways and that has made him the spearhead of the Punjab bowling attack.
He has the job of taking the top order wickets. Be it Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli or Dwayne Smith, this 23 year old boy has been troubling everyone.
With a heavy batting line up, it can be now said that Punjab has been successful in finding a bowler who can take the game away from the opposition if things don’t go well in their batting.
Karun Nair: – Providing a platform for the middle order is important in any format of cricket. Karun Nair has been instrumental in doing this with his attacking strokes upfront.
He has been consistently giving an important base for the team after which Watson and others take advantage in the middle order. His match winning 73 against Delhi showed his importance in chasing and as being an anchor in the run chase.
Karun has made job for the following batsmen easy as he is consistently troubling the scorers. If this team moves into the playoffs, the Jodhpur boy’s importance will increase more.
So according to me, these were the ones who have earned the spotlight this season. As the IPL progresses further, the Indian selectors’ attention could well be on these players as they will leave no stone unturned to make their way into the playing XI of the Indian Cricket Team.