Indian Premier League (IPL) has given many young cricketers foothold in the international circuit. IPL provides them the opportunity to share the dressing room with international cricketers. Youngsters want to do their best in the league to grab the spotlight. Many cricketers have gone on to play for their countries after shining in IPL. The most recent examples are Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. Both rose to fame from Mumbai Indians are sharing their trade with the men in blues.
This brand new edition of IPL also has many exciting new players, who have the potential to make it big in the international circuit in the years t.
Let’s take a look at the five uncapped players to watch out for IPL 2018:
Jofra Archer: Jofra Archer is one of the finds from this year’s Big Bash League. Archer is one of the few bowlers who clicks 145lmph on a regular basis and is athletic in the field. Archer is an all-rounder who can be handy with the bat. He is electrifying in the field as it was witnessed in BBL when he inflicted a brilliant runout and took a scintillating catch in his follow through. Archer has picked 44 wickets in 36 T20s with a bowling average of 22.77 with an economy of 7.81. He will be crucial to Rajasthan’s success in the upcoming season.
Krunal Pandya: Krunal Pandya has proved his worth in the previous two editions of the Indian Premier League. The Mumbai Indians did not retain the all-rounder but used the Right To Match (RTM) card on him. Krunal has scored 480 runs in the IPL with an average 36.92 and followed it with 16 wickets with an economy of 7.15 which is by far a good economy in T20 cricket. He will once again be crucial for Mumbai, and the team management will need him to deliver to defend the title.
D’Arcy Short: Short’s ability to strike the ball is the best feature in his batting. Short has dominated this season of the BBL and has taken the Hobart Hurricanes into the top four. The explosive left-hander can also roll his arm over for a couple of overs; his spin can be beneficial in Indian conditions which favor the spinners. Short has scored 702 runs in T20s with an average of 41.29 and has also picked up six wickets. He went passed Shaun Marsh as the highest run-scorer in a single edition of BBL. He will be crucial for Rajasthan at the top-order with a strong middle-order to follow.
Basil Thampi: The young fast bowler Thampi has earned him a name as death over specialist. He will crucial for Hyderabad’s success as he can bowl yorkers consistently. Thampi has played 12 games and has picked up 11 wickets, however, he’ll be looking to better his stats in this year’s tournament.
Deepak Hooda: Hyderabad has built a strong squad for this edition of IPL and Hooda will add to it in the middle-order. He has grown in stature over the years as a middle-order batsman and can chip in with few overs when needed. He is also stunning on the field and will be a go-to man for David Warner.
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