Uncapped Players: Stars in The Making

International players attract the attention of cricket fans and pundits all around the world but it is the uncapped players who are the charm of Indian Premier League. Every season, there is at least one emerging local or international player in each team that makes the headlines with their relatively unknown skills. Ravindra Jadeja and Jaspreet Bumrah stand as the biggest inspirations for new uncapped players this season who everyone is eagerly waiting to watch as ‘stars in the making.’

Uncapped Players: Stars in The Making Uncapped Players: Stars in The Making Source : BCCI (edited by Lehren)

Kings XI Punjab: Kings XI Punjab's most successful season was 2014 when they made the finals under the leadership of George Bailey. Glenn Maxwell smashed 552 runs and 36 sixes in 16 matches at an incredible strike rate of 187.75. Sehwag, Miller, Saha, Vohra and Bailey also had a good season with the bat. Sandeep Sharma, Axar Patel, Mitchell Johnson and Rishi Dhawan led with the ball. This year, KXIP enter the IPL as a dark horse with equal mix of Indian and foreign talents. They heavily invested on young players in the auction including joint-most expensive player of this season.

Uncapped Players in Kings XI Punjab squad: Prabh Simran Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Harpreet Byar, Agnivesh Ayachi, D Nalkande, Varun Chakaravarthy, M Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, and Ankit Rajpoot.

Varun Chakaravarthy is the latest addition to the list of mystery spinners. Kings XI Punjab paid a huge sum of ₹8.40 Crore, 42 times his base price of ₹20 Lacs. Chakravarthy's best performance came during Siechem Madurai Panthers' title winning TNPL 2018 campaign in which he took 9 wickets at a meagre overall economy rate of 4.70. In Vijay Hazare Trophy, he picked up with 22 wickets in 9 playing for Tamil Nadu. His seven variations make him a very unpredictable customer to face for any batsman. He is accurate too as he showed in the domestic limited over cricket. Varun will play alongside experienced spinners like his captain Ravi Ashwin and Mujeeb ur Rahman.

Prabh Simran Singh is an explosive wicket-keeper batsman for whom Kings XI Punjab bid aggressively. They paid a massive amount of ₹4.80 Crore for him as he became the third most expensive uncapped player in the IPL 2019 after his teammate Varun and RCB all-rounder Shivam Mavi. Prabhsimran shot to fame recently after smacking 298 in a local U-23 tournament. He hit a fifty in the SMA trophy against Mumbai. He is a fan of the greatest wicketkeeper ever, Adam Gilchrist who also played for KXIP.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: RCB's management has been guilty of putting all their eggs in one basket. At one point, their team sheet read Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson and Mitchell Starc. Not just T20, but probably some of the greatest white-ball players of all-time. But the absence of Mitchell Starc and loss of Gayle and Watson's form hurt both their bowling and batting. The international backups failed to perform and they didn't have a core-group of best Indian players to save the day. They reached the final three times but unfortunately failed to win the trophy. This time, RCB have invested in young talent-both local and foreign.

Uncapped Players in Royal Challengers Bangalore squad: Himmat Singh, D Padikkal, Akshdeep Nath, P Barman, Shivam Dube, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh, Navdeep Saini, and Kulwant Khejroliya.

Shivam Dube was brought for ₹5 Crore by RCB. The Mumbai all-rounder made headlines when he hit five sixes in an over in a first-class match against Baroda. The Twenty-five-year-old also hit the veteran spinner Pravin Tambe for five consecutive sixes in a Mumbai T20 League match. Apart from his power hitting abilities, Dube is a seamer who can clock speeds in excess of 130 kmph which will add balance to RCB's side. The left-hander's batting style reminds that of Yuvraj Singh who had a silky flow to his bat swing.

Aksdeep Nath is a batsman from Uttar Pradesh has been a regular in the IPL since 2016 season but has played only 6 games. He is yet to establish himself. Nath recently hit consecutive hundreds for Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 against Andhra, Goa and Odisha respectively. He was picked up for ₹3.60 Crore by RCB in the auction.

Prayas Ray Barman is a 16-year old leg spinner from Bengal. He rose to fame last year when he picked up 11 wickets at an economy rate of 4.45. He has quite a few tricks up his sleeve and will look to do well under the leadership of senior bowlers in Yuzavendra Chahal and Washington Sundar. He was picked up by RCB at a hefty price of ₹1.50 Crore.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Sunrisers bought only three players this time at the auction as they already had a settled squad. They did not buy any uncapped players this time but have a few in the squad from the squad they retained ahead of IPL 2019.

Uncapped Players in Sunrisers Hyderabad squad: Deepak Hooda, Ricky Bhui, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natrajan, and Basil Thampi.

Ricky Bhui is a 22-year-old batsman from Andhra who was in fine form in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, hitting a hundred and a fifty in the six games he played. He is an attacking batsman who should get a look in the SRH side who are short on local talents.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Kolkata Knight Riders have T20 superstars like Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell and captain Dinesh Karthik to make a formidable team. The little money left has been invested on young Indian talents including many under-19 players.

Uncapped Players in Kolkata Knight Riders squad: Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nikhil Naik, Rinku Singh, S Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Prithviraj Yarra, and Prasidh Krishna.

Rinku Singh is an attacking batsman who is hailed as a future superstar at the age of 21. His first-class record is outstanding and he also struck 2 fifties in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy.

Mumbai Indians: Mumbai Indians unearthed talents like Jasprit Bumrah and the Pandya brothers-Hardik and Krunal. Before them, there were Ambati Rayudu, Saurabh Tiwari and Abhishek Nayar. Last year, Suryakumar Yadav top scored for them but the most exciting player was the young leggie Mayank Markande who made his T20I debut against Australia last month after impressing in the domestic season which earned him a spot in the A-team. It will be interesting to see who is going to emerge as the new unknown talent this year from Mumbai Indians' squad.

Uncapped Players in Mumbai Indians squad: Anmolpreet Singh, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, P Jaswal, Anukul Roy, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, and Rasikh Dhar.

Prabh Simran's cousin Anmolpreet Singh was picked by Mumbai Indians. In his first Ranji Trophy season in 2017/18, he smashed 753 runs at a staggering average of 125.50, including two double hundreds, thus becoming the fourth highest run scorer of the tournament. Although he didn't have a good run in SMA trophy, he will be eager to make most of any chance that he gets in Mumbai Indians team.

Ishan Kishan struck 2 hundreds and a fifty in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. His average was 55.50 and strike rate was 151.36. In his fourth IPL, Ishan Kishan will be looking forward to continue his domestic form into the tournament and be more consistent than he was in his first three IPL seasons.

Suryakumar Yadav, popularly known as SKY is not a young player anymore at 28 but he is one of the most underrated batsmen in the Indian domestic circuit. His breakthrough IPL season was last year when Mumbai Indians elevated him to the top of the order as he amassed 512 runs in the season. He continued his good form in the SMA trophy scoring 360 runs at an impressive strike rate of 145.

Delhi Capitals: In the first eleven editions of IPL, Delhi's owner showed no consistency and changed their team every year. In the twelfth edition, they finally retained their core which consists of young Indian batsmen-Pant, Iyer, and Shaw who won them a few games with the bat last season. This year, they have again invested on young uncapped players and we can see a couple of players emerging from this exciting line-up.

Uncapped Players in Delhi Capitals squad: Manjot Kalra, Avesh Khan, Ankush Bains, Jalaj Saxena, Harshal Patel, Rahul Tewatia, B Ayyappa, and Nathu Singh

Nathu Singh took 7 wickets in 3 games in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at an economy rate of a measly 4.10. The 23-year-old made his first-class debut four seasons ago. So far his record in T20 is outstanding and we may finally see him in action in IPL this season.

Rajasthan Royals: Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural IPL on the back of impressive performance from players like Ravindra Jadeja, Swapnil Asnodkar and Siddharth Trivedi who were unknown players. They have always had Indian players doing well for them in the mentorship of Shane Warne and Rahul Dravid.

Uncapped Players in Rajasthan Royals squad: Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Prashant Chopra, Rahul Tripathi, Riyan Parag, S Ranjane, Shashank Singh, Krisnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Mahipal Lomrar, and Sudhesan Midhun.

Krishnappa Gowtham from Karnataka is a handy bowling all-rounder. He is a clever spinner and smacks the ball hard down the order. His good performances earned him a call-up for India-A team as well.

Chennai Super Kings: CSK made headlines last season because many of their players were above the age of 30. Nobody saw them as the tournament favourites. But the same ‘old age home' players like Watson, Dhoni, Rayudu, Raina and Du Plessis stood up when they were put against the wall that helped Chennai to lift the trophy immediately after their return from two-year suspension, for the third time ever. They did not rely on uncapped players last year, and neither they do this year.

Uncapped players in Chennai Super Kings squad: Chaitanya Bishnoi, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif and Monu Kumar.

Dhruv Shorey made his Ranji trophy debut in the 20150-16 season. He has become a reliable batsman for his state side Delhi. He played a match for CSK last year against the RCB.
KM Asif played in two matches for the CSK last year and was able to pick up three wickets. The fast bowler is from Kerela who hasn't played any recognized match since IPL. He is yet to make his First-Class debut.

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