The Great Indian Festival – IPL: While all the sights were set at the world cup 2019 and supposedly the IPL was gonna be underplayed, as the skipper Kohli himself opined that the bowlers going into the world cup need to be wary of their workload during IPL (which though went under the hammer by the franchises), it’s too hard to ignore “The great Indian Festival – IPL”, isn’t it !
Yes, IPL ka bulava aya hein and just as it proclaims it’s been that kinda platform where certainly “Talent Meets Opportunity”. It’s arguably the world’s biggest cricket entertainment, showcasing the studs of the game while producing highest drama Par Bollywood along its way, unveiling amazing individual fairy-tale like stories to the world. Like who would have imagined, as once a literal woodcutter from Uttar Pradesh “Kamran Khan” with a diehard passion for cricket went into the Rajasthan Royals trial were his talent was just not roped-in but was also entrusted with bowling a super over against Saurav Ganguly and boi, he came on top with flying colours, that was one fairy tale story.
Another time, a liaison officer working at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai at the age of 41 was spotted by Rajasthan royals while he bowled at the team nets, he so dearly impressed the management that he was immediately offered a contract and brought into the squad and that man “ Praveen Tambe” defying age against all odds went onto win the Golden Wicket award (for taking most wickets in the tournament) in champions league 2013. Shivil Kaushik, Paul Valthaty and many more such stories of rookies are unveiled at IPL which provoked a lot of passionate cricketers watching them on tv, sit-up and chase the dream.
Rookies this time
Coming to the overall rookies who have come up the domestic ladder, IPL has been the ideal stage for several cricketers whose career bolstered via this stage. 2019 IPL has also its share of fresh excitement going into the season and here are 5 such rookies who hogged all the limelight at the auctions and can potentially create storm at this years IPL.
Having quit cricket, only to restart the same after being bored of a 9-5 monotonous desk job, Varun Chakravarthy was forced to quit fast bowling and take up leg-spin after receiving a knee injury. His love for the game was such that he played a lot of tennis bowl cricket in which he developed his variations and was signed for a level 4 cricket team in Tamilnadu league and his bagfull of mystery deliveries bamboozled oppositions and soon within a year he broke into the state team and was the second highest wicket-taker in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the rest has been a dream so far sans his injuries.
Having been picked up for a whopping Rs 8.4 Cr by KXI Punjab after seeing off a stern contention at the auction, the world will be eagerly watching at Varun Chakravarthy with a keen eye, provided he gets fit and stays fit.
While the wrist spinners have been making the franchises fill their purses and making them bulkier by every season, all-rounders have also been bagging the bragging rights for their “single player, multiple skill” poise. This year the 6 ft tall Mumbai lad, Shivam Dubey who is a right arm medium pacer and left-handed batsman bought for a whopping Rs 5 Cr by RCB has hogged the limelight in allrounders department.
Shivam Dubey in his early days almost single handily won his school the famous Mumbai “Giles shield school cricket tournament”, but soon had to quit cricket for family reasons only to get back to his passion at the age of 19. This strongly built allrounder soon broke into the Mumbai U-23 team and very soon debuted for the senior side through his consistent bowling and belligerent batting.
He left no stone unturned for the Mumbai side in all formats of the game, his maiden century against Railways in his debut Ranji Trophy match and following that up with a 5 wicket haul in his very next match though were enough eye brow raising starts, his heroics of hitting Pravin Tambe in a Mumbai T20 league for 5 sixers in a row and later repeating the incredible feat against Baroda in the Ranji Trophy match makes him the most incredible rookie allrounder to look out for this IPL.
After captaining the West indies side to victory in the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh over India in the final, the rise of Shimron Hetmyer was one of brightest aspects for West Indies cricket in the recent times. Being named by ICC as one of the five breakout stars in 2018 men’s cricket, this powerful pocket size bomb’s highlight of his career so far was when he left Indian bowlers scratching their heads through his mighty consistent power hitting in 2018 West Indies tour of India.
His love to bat on Indian tracks was so prominent that in that series he top scored for his side with 259 runs in 5 innings at an average of 51.80 coming at a staggering strike rate of 140. Already amongst the thick of things in all formats of the game for West Indies, this maan from Guyana has all the abilities to turn the fortunes around for RCB this IPL.
This English bowling allrounder has already given Indians a run for their money during the 2018 Test Series when India toured England. Bowling consistent lines and with slogging prowess, Sam Curran is an exciting talent who was brought for a massive Rs 7.2 Cr by KXI Punjab. With their star allrounder Marcus Stoinis and leader of the bowling attack Andrew Tye not being available for the initial and later part of IPL this season. Sam Curran can make a name for himself in the star-studded KXI Punjab’s squad and on the way bring cheer to KXI Punjab fans.
The 17-year-old batting prodigy from Punjab is a wicket keeper batsman who bagged a rather surprising price of Rs 4.8 Cr in the IPL auction from non-other than RCB. He surely is the talent worth investing going into the future who can reap rich dividends, just like how their captain turned out to be. Leading the Indian U-19 cricket team towards the Asia Cup glory, this hard-hitting batsman is regarded as right-handed Rishab Pant by none other than the wicket keeping great Kiran More.
Being cousin to another exciting Punjab cricketer Anmolpreet Singh who was brought by Mumbai Indians, Prabhsimran Singh turned heads towards him when he smashed 298 off just 301 balls against Amritsar in the semi-final of the Punjab U-23 Inter-District Cricket Tournament. This young man from Punjab idolises Virender Sehwag and we all in eagerness wait for this lad to unleash his potential in this IPL.
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