The catch-phrase of the IPL itself says “Yatra Pratibha Avsara Prapnotihi” which delineates the tournament as an opportunity for the talented cricketers around the globe to showcase the aptitude they possess. Over the years, the IPL has been a stepping-stone for many Indian cricketers, who later went on to represent the nation at the international level. Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal are some superstars who first unveiled their prowess in this glorious tournament. This season has been no different as we have seen many young and uprising cricketers rubbing shoulders with some of the best players to have graced the sport. Now that the tournament is coming towards the end, it’s the right time to have a look at some youngsters, who has impressed all the cricket experts and cricket enthusiasts with their immense talents and abilities. Here we’ll discuss about four young Indian cricketers who have raised a few eyebrows this season and will surely be knocking the doors of Indian team selection in the near future.
#4 Riyan Parag (Rajasthan Royals)
160 runs from seven matches with a strike rate of 127 might not be the best stat a player would have, but this 17-year-old youngster from Assam has impressed many cricket pundits with his great composure and temperament. His half century against the Delhi Capitals after coming out to bat at 30/4 in the sixth over was highly praiseworthy. He also showed decent skills with the bowl in hand, scalping two wickets as well. He is surely a prospect for the future and kudos to the Rajasthan Royals for unearthing such a talented young player.
#3 Rahul Chahar (Mumbai Indians)
Another unheard teenager who caught the attention of everyone is Rahul Chahar. The 19-year-old leg-spinner has shown great control, despite not having a huge arsenal of variations. For a spinner, who plays most of the matches at the Wankhede, to have an economy of just 7.17 is commendable to say the least. He completely overshadowed Mayank Markande, who has already played for India. He has picked up 10 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 28 and would be hoping to add to that tally as his team have qualified for the playoffs after topping the points table.
#2 Shubman Gill (Kolkata Knight Riders)
The player of the tournament in the most recent U19 World Cup, Shubman Gill was incredibly impressive for the Kolkata Knight Riders this season. He amassed 296 runs from 14 matches while playing lower down the order for the larger period of the tournament. He scored three fifties in the tournament and had a strike rate of 124. He averaged 33 and had the highest score of 76 against the Mumbai Indians. He has looked like the next batting sensation of the nation and his performances are there to rightly justify the tag.
#1 Navdeep Saini (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Navdeep Saini’s raw pace and sharp bouncers caught huge amount of attention this season. He troubled quite a few batsmen in the tournament and was quite convincingly the fastest Indian pacer on display. He scalped 11 wickets in 13 matches and was the only bright spot in the Royal Challengers Bagalore's poor bowling line-up. His death bowling was still a concern but an economy of 8.2 while bowling mostly at the Chinnaswamy should be considered decent. While his bowling striker rate was 26.08, his bowling average read 36.09, with best figures of 2/24. He was even predicted to make it to the Indian squad for the World Cup by many experts but it didn’t happen. However, it is certain that he will be playing in the national colours very soon and will be expected to spearhead RCB's bowling attack in the coming seasons.