5 Young Indian Players to Watch Out for in IPL 2020
As cricket fans gear up for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), there’s a sense of excitement gripping the sporting world. Although fans will miss the stadium experience, viewing the matches from the comfort of your home isn’t a bad alternative considering the COVID situation. And as always, there will be some talented prospects on display during the tournament – especially on the homegrown front. Here’s a list of young Indian players who will be keen to make a good impression in IPL 2020:
Yashasvi Jaiswal (Rajasthan Royals)
The highly-rated Mumbai boy has made several heads turn in a short span. Leaving his mark in the Under-19 World Cup, the aggressive left-handed opening batsman scored 400 runs, pitching in with some wickets as well. The 18-year-old batsman broke a long-standing record by becoming the youngest cricketer in the world to score a List A double-century, scoring 203 runs in just 154 balls. After playing only 5 List A domestic games, Jaiswal has amassed 504 runs with an impressive average of 100.80. Having been captured by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 2.4 crore, he will be itching to prove his worth.
Ravi Bishnoi (Kings XI Punjab)
The 20-year-old leg-spinner from Rajasthan finished the Under-19 World Cup as the leading wicket-taker with 17 wickets. His game-changing spells consisting of some deadly googlies were noticed by IPL teams, with Kings XI Punjab, coached by legendary leg spinner Anil Kumble, snapping him for Rs.2 crore. The youngster has taken 39 wickets in only 18 matches in Youth ODIs at a superb average of 15.35. With Ravichandran Ashwin moving to Delhi Capitals, Bishnoi is set to feature in the playing XI.
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Chennai Super Kings)
Not many batsmen have been able to make an impression while playing for the Maharashtra Ranji team but Ruturaj Gaikwad could prove to be an exception. Though he is not as young as the players in this list and was bought at the base price of Rs 20 lakh, Gaikwad has had a really good domestic season. He performed exceptionally well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy,(domestic T20 tournament) finishing as the second-highest run-scorer. The 23-year-old batsman has played 54 List A games, hitting six centuries and 16 half-centuries, with an impressive average of around 50. With Suresh Raina withdrawing from this year’s IPL, Ruturaj has a very good chance to impress the selectors.
R Sai Kishore (Chennai Super Kings)
Tamil Nadu had a very successful domestic season and it would have not possible without R Sai Kishore. Having performed well in Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), the left-arm spinner left a solid impression in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy by picking 20 pickets in 12 games at an economy of 4.63 and an average of 10.40. Interestingly, 15 of these wickets came in the powerplay. Knowing Dhoni prefers to bowl a spinner in the powerplays, Kishore might get an opportunity to feature in the starting XI.
Kartik Tyagi (Rajasthan Royals)
The 19-year old boy from Uttar Pradesh impressed one and all with his pace and swing in the Under-19 World Cup. He made his first-class debut for UP at the age of 16, but a subsequent injury set Tyagi back by more than a year. Tyagi has often recorded 140 kmph while also getting the ball to swing. It is believed that Jofra Archer will miss the initial matches for Rajasthan Royals, paving the way for Tyagi to make a mark on his IPL debut.