The recently concluded IPL 2016 has left behind some players who have emerged and how! Every edition has certain set of players who rub shoulders some of the greatest cricketers of all time. Learning and understanding the game, they create an impact that leaves selectors stunned. IPL becomes the starting point for new youngsters to make a mark for themselves and show their credibility that moves them to international arena. Previous edition found budding cricketers like Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, making entry to International cricket early this year. This edition also saw some stellar performance from players who have made the cut to international stage already while others who have catapult themselves to proceed to the next level. Let’s have a look at the ones who have left indelible impression in the viewers’ minds:
1) Rishabh Pant (Delhi Daredevils): Pant has already made himself prominent for national side in Under-19 cricket. Within the third game in IPL, he showed his potential and what he was capable of. Pant’s position in DD was never fixed, yet he was consistent with his performance in every game adding 20-30 runs in the middle. Until his game-changing knock of 40-ball 69 not only showed what he was capable off but was also rightly rewarded ‘Man of the Match’. He ended his debut IPL with 198 runs off 10 matches.
2) KL Rahul (Royal Challengers Bangalore): It was not only Virat Kohli to be the only Indian who impressed with his heroics. There was a certain KL Rahul who cracked up with his Indian counterpart to bring some excitement to the game. The Karnataka batsman had a wonder IPL season with his attacking strokes at time of need. With a strike rate of 146.49, the talented player scored 397 runs in 14 games at an average of 44.11 which included four fifties as well. He remains the perfect call for Zimbabwe tour for national side.
3) Nitish Rana (Mumbai Indians): Rana might not have started off on a positive note; soon he was one of the brightest batsman for MI. His 70 against Gujarat Lions (GL) caught eyes of many and that makes him enter this list as well. The 22-year-old amassed 104 runs in the tournament. Rana plays for Delhi on the domestic front and was hard-hitter in Syed Mushtaq Ali 2015-16 season. He smashed 21-sixes, the maximum in the entire tournament, as his side entered the semi-final.
4) Karun Nair (Delhi Daredevils): Nair has been one of the most consistent batsman in IPL 9 edition. DD’s yet another new found middle-order batsman scored 357 in total in this tournament. He has also has three fifties to his name, which shows why he could be the next best players to make it to the national side. His innings of 83 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has been the highlight of his performance in IPL. He not only earned his name though IPL but also with his triple-century during Ranji Trophy 2-14-15 edition that keeps him at the top.
5) Suryakumar Yadav (Kolkata Knight Riders): The vice-captain for KKR, played vital role in the side. Over the year’s Suryakumar has outgrown himself and this time he garnered 186 runs off 15 matches. His reputation to get runs at crunch situations has been the key to success for his franchise — KKR. He has boosted the middle-order fulcrum for KKR many a times and has left many in awe of his fielding abilities as well.
6) Krunal Pandya (Mumbai Indians): MI could not have found the best all-rounder for their side who took this edition by storm. With his 37-ball 87 against DD shows the potential he carries and probably could end the al-rounder woes India have been looking out for. It’s not just bowling, but his googlies that stunned many that helped him to scalp 11 wickets in IPL 9. He scored scored 233 runs in 11 matches at an average of 46.60 to bring down the curtains to his innings this season.
7) Iqbal Abdulla (Royal Challengers Bangalore): He not only showed talent with the ball but also with the bat at crunch time along with all time T20 specialists AB de Villiers. Abdulla has been the find if IPL right since the inaugural of this tournament. With that one innings against Gujarat Lions (GL) when RCB were bowled out, is what has kept him in this list. Yet another domestic find who can make it big with his spin for India.
8) Ben Cutting (Sunrisers Hyderabad): The Australian fast bowler earned credits for SRH’s first ever win in IPL final. If one needs to remember Cutting, it has to be six of 117m that toppled off the stadium. Though he made his debut in 2014 IPL, he gained accolades for his performance this edition. He not only was lauded for his batting ability but showed skills with the ball as well, picking 5 wickets, rattling the batsmen.
9) Kuldeep Yadav (Kolkata Knight Riders): His unique ability to pick wickets grew with IPL. Kuldeep, the left-arm orthodox and chinaman bowler was key to KKR’s win in most of the matches. Though he was auctioned for MI in 2012, he soon moved to KKR this time. Knowing KKR have maximum spinners on their side, they were all gun blazing to explore with the new chinaman. KKR did receive success and shut the criticisms revolving around the fact that he did not have height to succeed as medium-pacer.
10) Yuzvendra Chahal (Royal Challengers Bangalore): A match was reduced to 15-overs, Chahal decided to rip apart Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) with his 4-for ensuring rains did not provide any aid to the opponent. His consistency in this entire tournament has earned up his name for the Zimbabwe tour, keeping the spirits high for staying in the national side. At one point he even reached the stage of highest wicket takers in this season, until Bhuvneshwar Kumar decided to play the spoil sport. He ended his IPL season with 21 wickets at an economy rate of 7.97.
11) Shivil Kaushik (Gujarat Lions): The Indian version of ‘Paul Adams’ made his debut in this season and grabbed the eye balls for his unusual bowling action. The young chinaman bowlers tried various ways to concede runs and was successful with it as he grabbed 6 wickets off 7 matches played in this season. He was at the top when he took 3 wickets against KXIP. He also tried to tilt the game against SRH, until Warner ruled the match and took away the victory in style. He was bid to GL for INR 10 lakh.
12) Marcus Stoinis (Kings XI Punjab): It can be comfortably said Stoinis was the go to man for KXIP at time of need. He might have picked just 8 wickets off 7 matches, but 147 runs in debut season is no joke. He also has maiden fifty to his name when he played top the order. Stoinis has played in Sheffield Shield for Victoria and even managed to score 170against Tasmania that lead his way to Australia A side.
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