IPL 2017: 5 Young Guns Who Had A Dream IPL Season

Published 05/23/2017, 8:23 AM EDT
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The tenth edition of the extravagant IPL was a grand success not only in terms of the viewership across the globe or on the commercial basis, but more than that it was a huge success to find out the young bloods who had a promising season for the franchise. With the stalwarts of the game failing miserably, it were these young inexperienced players who stepped up to display what we call ‘ more than expected ‘. IPL 2017 has dug out immense talent in the youth and nurtured their talent which will pave the way for these youngsters to make big at the International Level. Here are the key players whom we call “The find of the season”.

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5. Nitish Rana

One of the main reasons why Mumbai Indians emerged as the Champions in the tenth edition was the young Nitish Rana. There have been various games in the league matches where Nitish Rana was the prime reason for their victory. Rana’s performances in the league matches has been exceptional and he is the one of the reasons why MI got the top berth in the points table. Had MI not been at the top, the might not have got the second life in the playoffs. The Delhi based young Rana has stepped up as a fine middle order batsman when big names like Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard have failed.

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Stats:

Matches:13

Runs: 333

Average:30.27

High Score:60

Strike Rate:126.13

4s/6s: 24/17

Nitish Rana celebrates his half century in IPL 2017.
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4. Rahul Tripathi

The Rising Pune Supergiant had been struggling with the opening combination in their debut edition. To soothe their opening woes, RPS opened the innings with an inexperienced Rahul Tripathi along with experienced Ajinkya Rahane . Not many expected this move to work for the Pune side. To everyone’s surprise Rahul Tripathi has overshadowed Rahane with his performance in the debut IPL season. It is not the runs that have mattered but the strike rate played an important role as well. To make full use of the powerplays, it is important to have an aggressive opener and that is where Tripathi filled the spot perfectly.

In Numbers:

Matches: 14

Runs:391

Average:27.92

High Score:93

Strike Rate:146.44

4s/6s: 43/17

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3. Siddarth Kaul:

One of the main reasons why Sunrisers Hyderabad made to the playoffs was their strength in bowling Unit. Along with India’s leading pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, it was this young pacer Siddarth Kaul who has shown enough maturity in his bowling. With a simple, conventional right handed bowling style, Kaul has been impressive with the numbers.  Despite being a little expensive (also this format is a batsman dominated) , Kaul has been able to pick wickets at regular intervals and has not allowed the opponents to build many big partnerships. Kaul has shown some promising maturity in the death overs. With a couple of good years in domestic cricket, Kaul can be a bowler to watch out for.

Numerics:

Matches:10

Balls:214

Runs:300

Wickets:16

Best:4/29

Economy: 8.41

Young Siddarth Kaul seeks advice from Bhuvi.
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2. Washington Sundar

The lad with the mysterious name was also a mystery for the opponents in the IPL 2017. Just a 17 year old chap has displayed immense talent while serving the Rising Pune Supergiant. Sundar has not been the one who has picked a good amount of wickets. Sundar has been effective for the RPS side in an indirect manner. He might not have picked wickets but he has been the reason for the wickets. Washington Sundar has the second best economy among the bowlers who have played more than 10 matches in this season. An economy slightly over a 6 an over shows his ability to control the flow of the runs. He applied an indirect pressure over the opponents thereby forcing them to make errors.

Sundar picked his best bowling figures of 3 for 16 in the important Qualifier 1 against Mi.

Numbers Game:

Matches:11

Balls:180

Runs:185

Wickets:8

Best:3/16

Economy:6.16

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1.Basil Thampi

As Aakash Chopra says” Numbers do lie” , Basil Thampi has created an aura of the same. Basil Thampi has been one of the most expensive bowler of this season. Despite leaking runs at a high rate, Basil Thampi has bagged the ” Emerging Player of the year” award. Thampi has picked 11 wickets in the 12 matches played. His numbers are not impressive but what has been important is that he was an impactful player for the team. His pace variations, maturity in death overs, execution of yorkers, a decent pace as a seamer have all been the reasons why he won the award. 24 year old Basil Thampi is that young talent who can be a next big thing in Indian pace unit if nurtured properly.

What numbers speak:

Matches:12

Balls:268

Runs:424

Wickets:11

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Best:3/29

Economy:9.49

Young Basil Thampi is pumped up after an important wicket of Chris Gayle.
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