The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the perfect stage for domestic players to cash in on their opportunities. Although it has had its fair share of controversies, IPL is praised for giving the uncapped players a platform to audition for a side in the national team.
These youngsters hog the limelight from the more established national team members when a chance presents itself. Every year almost, we see new players make the headline and bag lucrative contracts in the IPL. The bench strength of the Indian team has been amplified tenfold. As a result, we’re seeing BCCI operate with two different Indian teams touring two different countries.
Here we take a look at 5 emerging Indian players in the IPL 2021:
1) Avesh Khan – Delhi Capitals (DC)
The 24-year-old was bought by Delhi Capitals in the 2018 IPL auction for a price of 75 lakhs. Although he didn’t have the best of seasons, he went back to the domestic circuit and became the highest wicket-taker for Madhya Pradesh in the 2018-19 Ranji season.
He has turned up for the IPL 2021, picking up 14 wickets at an economy of 7.70. He’s currently in second place on the Purple cap list, only behind RCB’s Harshal Patel. His performances caught the selector’s eye and Avesh was named as a standby for India’s Test series against England starting in August.
2) Ruturaj Gaikwad – Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
After CSK’s dismal showing in the IPL 2020, skipper Dhoni had mentioned a lack of young talent in the team. Following three failures in his first 3 matches, Ruturaj seemed to vindicate Dhoni’s comments. However, at the end of the season with nothing to lose, Gaikwad scored 3 fifties in a row which earned him a spot for the 2021 IPL.
Ever since he’s become a permanent member at the top of the order alongside Du Plessis. Ruturaj has continued his good form, scoring 196 runs in 7 matches in IPL 2021, with a top score of 75 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. For his efforts, Ruturaj was selected in the Indian squad for the white-ball series against Sri Lanka.