The IPL 2021 saw a lot of youngsters putting up their hands for their franchises at crucial times and this is the best platform they can have to express themselves. It is not going to be easy by any means for the cricketers to be playing in a big tournament like IPL and handling pressures straight away.
It is one of the toughest leagues in the world if not the toughest, and the quality of the players in the IPL is of the highest order. There have been many players that have gone on to represent India after performing really well in the tournament and thus it is very important for the growing cricketers to shine and perform consistently which will help them reach bigger heights. Here are 3 Indian players who rose to stardom in IPL 2021.
3 Indian Players Who Rose To Stardom In IPL 2021:
Harshal Patel who plays for the Haryana state in domestic cricket had a great start to the IPL 2021 as he picked up a fifer for RCB in the first game against Mumbai Indians. The all-rounder was traded from Delhi Capitals to the RCB franchise ahead of the IPL auction and the move has certainly been a blessing in disguise for him. Harshal Patel is a pretty good batsman down the order as well and can tonk the ball out of the stadium.
Harshal Patel was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament until it was suspended and he picked up 17 wickets in 7 games with the economy rate taken a slight hit in the last few games. However, he was very impressive in the games in Chennai wickets where the ball did not come to the bat effectively. If he continued to be as effective as he was in the first half of the tournament, he would have broken the record for the most number of wickets in a single season.
One of the most underrated cricketers Harpreet Brar made the best out of the opportunity that was provided to him. He was on the sidelines of the Punjab franchise for the most part of the tournament early and played just two games in IPL 2021. However, he was impressive in the two outings with the ball and the bat and has shown a lot of promise for the future.
He was picked in the playing XI for the game against RCB and he formed an important partnership alongside KL Rahul that helped Punjab post a good total on the board. He remained not out on 25 off just 17 balls and took his confidence into bowling with the biggest scalps of Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB Devilliers to win the game for his side. He backed up with three good overs in the next game against Delhi Capitals and picked up four wickets in two games at an excellent economy rate.
The 22-year-old Chetan Sakariya was picked up in the auction by the Rajasthan Royals after his impressive stint in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament. Surprisingly, he also started in the playing XI ahead of experienced Jaydev Unadkat and proved to be a great selection. He opened the bowling for the Royals in the powerplay and picked up three wickets in his debut IPL game against Punjab Kings.
Despite not having the raw pace, he swung the ball really well and produced breakthroughs at the right intervals. He picked up 7 wickets in the 7 games he played at a decent economy rate of 8.22 and Sanju Samson has been using him very wisely. He has also picked up good catches and was one of the rising stars in the IPL 2021 until it was suspended.