The Indian Premier League is a launchpad for talented Indian cricketers. Every aspiring cricket player now dreams of playing in the IPL. Every year with every new season emerges spectacular talent, continuing to draw more spectators towards the series.
Held in the UAE, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, IPL 2020 was no different. The season saw some outstanding play of youngsters and also of the players who are aspiring to be a part of the Indian cricket team for a long time. Have a look at the rising stars of cricket in 2020 and their mesmerizing performances.
The 20-year-old left-hander of Royal Challengers Bangalore made his debut this season and rose as a centrepiece of the team. Trained by captain Virat Kohli, Padikkal scored 473 runs in 15 matches with five 50s and was announced as the ‘Emerging Player of the Season’. He astonished everyone with his amazing square-cuts and classy flicks off his pads. He maintained a consistent performance throughout the season and upstaged his star partner captain Aaron Finch. The brilliant southpaw beautifully scored three 50-plus scores in the first four matches. He is the second player in the history of the IPL to score more than 400 runs in the debut season.
Shubham Gill has been chosen by many as a future Indian Test captain. The 21-year-old has the capacity to clear boundaries with accurate cricketing shots due to his good height and good reach. He scored a total of 440 runs in 14 matches and proved himself as a worthy player for Team India in future.
The 21-year-old replaced first-choice opening pacer, Sheldon Cottrell, in Kings XI Punjab. The uncapped left-armer showed his mettle in every opportunity presented. He partnered with Mohammed Shami in bowling the powerplay overs and death overs and showcased a brilliant game. Arshdeep secured nine wickets in eight matches and contributed pivotally in his final over against Sunrisers Hyderabad by taking 3 wickets and defending 14 runs. Arshdeep Singh’s stats this season are praiseworthy. He might lack in pace but is exceptional and consistent with line and length. It is safe to say that India’s search for a talented left-arm pacer might end with Arshdeep.
Opening the innings to the middle order to late-in-the order, Rahul Tripathi of the Kolkata Knight Riders is capable of playing in any spot. The hard-hitting right-hander has saved KKR from many difficult situations. The 29-year-old showcased outstanding play and secured 230 runs in 11 matches.
The Patna-born, 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has been around for the last three seasons but was not a regular player at Mumbai Indians. He had to miss the first two matches due to an injury but made up for those in his first match itself by scoring 99-run innings against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He took the match to Super Over and though Mumbai Indians lost the match, Kishan secured a strong position in the squad. His consistency and impressive stroke play amazed everyone. He scored 516 runs in 14 matches with an average of 57.33, made four half-centuries and hit the maximum number of sixes (30). Team India might have found its reliable left-handed batsman after Shikhar Dhawan in Ishan Kishan.
Performing well in IPL as well as in domestic circuit for the past few years, Suryakumar has been the backbone of Mumbai Indians’ middle order in this IPL season. Yadav has a host of attacking shots up his sleeve and comes to the rescue if MI’s top order fails. The 30-year-old scored more than 400 runs in this IPL and was disappointed when he wasn’t chosen for India’s T20I tour.
Ruturaj Gaikwad of Chennai Super Kings made a strong comeback after being tested for Covid-19 in the first week upon reaching the UAE. After returning to the fields, he suffered a golden duck on his debut and scored 5 and 0 in the next two games. When everyone had almost dismissed him as a good player, he hit three consecutive half-centuries, helping his team end the season on a good note. He amazed noted players like Sachin Tendulkar and Dhoni with his temperament and shot selection and cricket skills. Ruturaj Gaikwad’s stats improved immensely as the season progressed. He scored 65 runs against RCB and 72 against KKR showcasing his talent.
Sanju Samson rose to fame after the 2014 Under-19 World Cup that was held in the UAE. After being overshadowed by Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant, he is again under the limelight after scoring two audacious fifties in IPL this season. He scored a total of 375 runs in 14 matches and is second on the list of players who have hit many sixes (26).
Kamlesh Nagarkoti has been a part of Kolkata Knight Riders for three seasons but couldn’t play in the last two seasons due to his back injury. However, in this season, he emerged as a successful choice made by KKR. He showcased a match-winning game against Rajasthan Royals. He could have been a game-changer against CSK when 10 runs were needed to win but he was able to score just 3 runs in 3 balls. Due to his unsteady nerve, Ravindra Jadeja took over and hit two back-to-back sixes to win the match for Chennai. He picked five wickets in 10 matches.
The 29-year-old Varun Chakravarthy showcased immense talent and game knowledge in IPL. The Kolkata Knight Riders bowler picked 17 wickets in 13 matches at an economy of 6.84. The leg-break tweaker was named in India’s T20I squad for their series against Australia but was later ruled out due to his injury.
The 20-year-old made his IPL debut after finishing the Under-19 World Cup early this year as the highest wicket-taker. He came into limelight when he took 3 wickets for 29 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He took 12 wickets in 14 matches and his variations made it difficult for batsmen to score against him. His favourite wickets include players like David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Aaron Finch and Eoin Morgan He often confused the left-handers with his wrong’uns. He proved his talent and capability on every opportunity presented and the trust of his team Kings XI Punjab. He is now one of the most capable leg-spinners in the Indian Cricket.
Inspite of getting selected in Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy five years ago, Thangarasu Natarajan gained recognition in IPL this season. He was a valuable part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s progress to the play-offs. He is one of the few left-handed pacers currently who can bowl six yorkers in six deliveries of an over. He claimed 16 wickets in 16 matches at an economy of 8.02. He was announced as one of the four additional bowlers to travel with the India cricket team for their T20I tour to Australia.