A goldmine of domestic talent, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has helped unearth some of the brightest cricketers since its inception in 2008.
In a season where Gujarat Titans became champions in its debut season, here’s a look at five limitless Indians who shone in their first stint of the IPL.
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Mohsin Khan | Lucknow Super Giants
23-year-old pacemaker Mohsin Khan added teeth and a left arm angle to a well-rounded Lucknow Super Giants bowling attack. After appearing in Super Giants’ debut game against Gujarat Titans, where he scored for 18 in two overs, Khan impressed almost a month later when he returned to the playing XI with one for 27 in four overs against Mumbai Indians. He followed it up with three for 24 and four for 16 against Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals respectively, taking key wickets under pressure to help his team defend the totals.
Khan set a record under six runs per over in his last two games combined, despite the opposition scoring 200-plus on both occasions. Khan’s pace and movement with the new ball in the PowerPlay and slower deliveries in the death overs make him an effective wicket-taking and multi-stage enforcer option and his 14 scalping in nine matches comes with an astonishing 5.96 thrift agree.
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Tilak Varma | Mumbai Indians
The silver lining to the Mumbai Indians horror IPL 2022 campaign was 19-year-old Tilak Varma, who emerged as the middle-class glue of an otherwise shaky batting lineup. Varma announced his arrival on the big stage in just his second game with a 33-ball 61 in a losing case against Rajasthan Royals. The southpaw was particularly tough on Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal and set the tone for the rest of the season, hitting the spin at over 145.
If his first half-century was about flamboyance, his second, a 43-ball unbeaten 51 against Chennai Super Kings, was all about grit on a tricky surface, albeit in yet another losing case. However, his 32-ball unbeaten 34 against the same opponent in the return leg took his side home by five wickets after Mumbai lost four to 33, trailing 98. Varma was the team’s second-highest points scorer with 397 runs with a strike rate of 131.02 and established himself as a bright prospect for the future.
Mukesh Choudhary | Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings have unearthed an obscure talent in Mukesh Choudhary in an otherwise forgettable season. Thrilled by the absence of PowerPlay exponent Deepak Chahar, Choudhary filled the medium-pacer’s shoes with a 16-11 wicket-haul from those who came in the first six overs with an 8.53 thrift. The Rajasthan-born pacer scored more than 11 runs per over, taking just three wickets in his first four matches before finally finding his way and finishing the season as CSK’s joint-highest wicket taker.
Choudhary turned heads three for 19 against Mumbai Indians by sacking Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Dewald Brevis in the PowerPlay in a great burst of pace bowling. His three for 23 against the same opponent in the return leg briefly sparked CSK’s hopes of defending 97. While the 25-year-old’s death-overs bowling needs improvement, Choudhary showed glimpses of his ability to deliver under pressure against Sunrisers Hyderabad with two late wickets sealing the deal for Super Kings.
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Jitesh Sharma | Punjab Kings
In a powerful line-up of Punjab Kings, Jitesh Sharma secured a place for himself in his debut season in the Indian Premier League with 234 runs in 12 games and a stunning 163.64 success rate. Sharma made his intentions clear by crushing his second ball on debut for six in a 17-ball 26 against Chennai Super Kings and followed it up with an 11-ball 23. He took the tournament by storm with his quick lower-midrange cameos. order and clean hitting of the ball – nearly 70 percent of his runs were out of bounds – both against tempo and spin.
While Sharma fell fifty short of his first IPL against Delhi Capitals, his brave 34-ball took 44 Kings deep into the chase after they staggered 55 for four and chased 160. In a previous game against Capitals, Sharma had racked up the highest score with a quickfire 23-ball 32 while Punjab collapsed for 115. To add to his explosive punch, Sharma impressed with his gauntlet work behind the stumps for most of the tournament to emerge as Kings’ first-choice wicketkeeper batter.
Yash Dayal | Gujarat Titans
After weathering a storm from Jos Buttler and scoring 33 runs in the first two overs of his Indian Premier League debut, Yash Dayal fought back hard to concede just seven of the next two, finishing three for 40 against Rajasthan Royals. Over the next few games, Dayal conceded 82 runs in eight overs, but took vital wickets in exciting matches that helped Gujarat Titans maintain their dominant run in the tournament.
Dayal’s initial debauchery with the ball was followed by a miserly one for 24 spell against Sunrisers Hyderabad in a high scoring encounter. With 11 wickets in eight matches at 9.25 runs per over, Dayal has provided skillful support to accelerate ace Mohammed Shami with the new ball. The 24-year-old pacer kept his nerves in check in a high-stakes final, returning 1 for 18 in three overs. Along with a penchant for picking wickets in the PowerPlay, Dayal has been thrifty in the death-overs, with less than nine runs per over in that phase, and holds the promise of adding to India’s brimful tempo-bending reserves. .