The Indian Premier League 2019 is going to be another opportunity for the young budding talent to showcase their skills. In fact, we have seen in the past that the spinners make a lot of difference in the domestic T20 league of the game. The young players have grabbed their chances in the cash-rich league which has added to their confidence.
Rashid Khan has taken giant strides in the cricket world and he is a big match player now. Similarly, the other players have also grabbed eyeballs with their impressive performances.
Here are the five young spinners to watch out for in the tournament:
Mayank Markande was able to impress with his performances in his maiden season in the IPL. The leg-spinner from Punjab scalped 15 wickets in 14 matches he played in IPL 2018. In fact, he was the leading wicket-taker at one stage in the tournament.
Markande also impressed with his skills as he also got the better of MS Dhoni. Subsequently, the leg-spinner also ticked the right boxes in the domestic circuit while playing for Punjab. The 21-year old prodigy spinner also earned his maiden call-up in the T20I squad for the series against Australia. Markande has scalped 34 wickets in seven first-class matches.
Nepal’s prodigy spinner Sandeep Lamichanne was able to impress in his maiden IPL stint. The leg-spinner was given his chances in the fag end of the tournament by the Delhi Capitals. Sandeep scalped five wickets in the three matches of the previous season.
Furthermore, he bowled with an average of 16.40 and at an economy rate of 6.83. Thus, he was right on the money with his spin-bowling. Lamichanne scalped 11 wickets in eight matches in the recently concluded Big Bash League and thus he was instrumental in getting Melbourne Stars to the final of the tournament.
Mujeeb ur Rahman
Afghanistan mystery spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman had a stellar opening season in IPL. The Afghan spinner played a key role in the success of Kings XI Punjab in the first phase of the season. Rahman scalped 14 wickets in the 11 matches he played in the IPL 2018.
He bowled with an average of 20.64 and at a fine economy rate of 6.99. In fact, Mujeeb scalped 12 wickets in 12 matches in the recently concluded Big Bash League while playing for the Brisbane Heat.
Varun Chakarvarthy grabbed the eyeballs in the IPL Auctions. The mystery spinner has six variations under his bag and it would not be easy to pick him in the IPL. Varun was bagged by Kings XI Punjab for INR 8.4 crores in the IPL auctions.
The mystery spinner had scalped 22 wickets in the Vijay Hazare Trophy while playing for Tamil Nadu. Furthermore, he impressed in the Tamil Nadu Premier League as he was able to stem the run flow.
Shreyas Gopal had a good season in IPL 2018. The leg-spinner from Karnataka scalped 11 wickets in 11 matches in the previous season of the league. Furthermore, Gopal can also contribute with the bat.
Gopal was retained by Rajasthan Royals and he would like to keep his good show going. The leg-spinner had scalped the big wicket of AB de Villiers in both the matches, which had given him a lot of confidence.
Gopal has taken 184 wickets in 56 First-class matches.