The IPL is akin to an author, every year it brings to us a new story. Every season different from its predecessor, a complex plot filled with gripping heroics, romance between the bat and the ball, glamorous shots, battles and happy endings.
The 10 seasons of IPL seem to be like those Harry potter books, the magic is real yet it seems so unbelievable that we end up assuming it to be fantasy. And like in every book, Harry and his friends set out on a new adventure conquering greater heights, the protagonists of the IPL too travel a similar journey. But the peculiarity of the IPL is that it’s not always about Harry, we get to see a new protagonist every year, sometimes it’s about comebacks, sometimes about legends biding adieu and looking at it that way, this time it was about the youngsters.
This year we witnessed some young ‘uns who were confident, skilled and ready to accept the baton being passed to them. They came out of shadows of their senior pros and performed with all their might. Whether it was Basil Thampi bowling with a big heart, or Rishabh Pants fight to take his team through, the performances ensured that there is something exciting about cricket’s future, that this IPL has been a story of youngsters.
Let me take you through some chapters of the book called: The IPL 2017 and its fountain of youth.
Basil Thampi (GL)
How impressive has this 23 year old been? Bowling all the difficult overs for his side, taking up responsibility and bowling his heart out every time he steams in. A beautiful in-sliding Yorker, finding reverse swing with the old ball and a wise use of the slower ball everything packed up in his kitty. Thampi concluded IPL 2017 with 11 wickets in 12 matches at an economy 9.49. His best performance being – 3/29. The economy may seem to be a bit high but you have to give it to him, for he bowled all the testing overs that too in his debut IPL.