We are into the third week of IPL 10 and it has lived up to the expectations of the fans delivering on the same action, drama, thrill and entertainment like previous editions. Like every year, IPL 10 has also seen the rise of a significant number of new young players who have made us sit up in excitement with their superb on-field exploits. Be it young batsmen driving their teams to victory single-handedly or be it young fast bowlers challenging even the best of the batsmen bowling at a serious pace of over 140 clicks, we have seen it all in these couple of weeks.
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There have been some new faces that have made their mark in their maiden IPL stints and there have been some familiar faces who have started finding their groove in this edition only. The IPL unearths some serious talent every year and fast-tracks their journey into the national team. In this article, we have tried to form a playing XI of uncapped Indian players which will be good enough to challenge even the best teams in the world.
Openers: Manan Vohra and Shreyas Iyer
Manan Vohra has been a regular part of the KXIP outfit since 2013 but was yet to make his mark in the tournament until their matchup against the Sunrisers Hyderabad a couple of days back. In his 39 IPL matches so far, Vohra has only 3 scores of 50+ which is quite a low number for an opener. However, with his innings of 95(50) against SRH, he finally seemed to be coming of age as a batsman. Vohra is looking like a different player in this IPL with his innings hailed as one of the best in IPL history. This may be his break-out year and hence he slots in as our first opener as well.
Still in awe of the way @ImMananVohra played last night! Always had it in him! Hopefully that can inspire the whole squad moving forward! 👍— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) April 18, 2017
Shreyas Iyer has been creating waves in domestic cricket since 2014. He finished as the Mumbai’s highest run-getter in Ranji Trophy 2014/15 and followed it up with a superb IPL 2015 season emerging as the Daredevils’ top run-getter with 439 runs in 14 matches after being bought in the auction for 2.6 crore INR. After having a quite 2016 IPL season scoring just 30 runs in 6 matches, he is back this year playing a superb hand of 50*(31) in their last encounter against the Sunrisers. He slots in as our second opener.
Middle Order: Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav (C)
The middle order will consist of Mumbai Indians' top-scorer Nitish Rana at No.3, followed by Rising Pune Supergiant’s Rahul Tripathi at No.4, Gujarat Lions’ Ishan Kishan at No.5 and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Suryakumar Yadav at No.6. Kishan and Yadav will the team’s wicket-keeper and captain respectively.
Rana is among the Top 5 run-getters of this edition of IPL so far with 255 runs to his name in 6 matches at an average of 51 that includes three scores of 50 or more. Rayudu’s absence hasn’t been felt in Rana’s presence and he has continued to be a vital cog of the team at No.3 in this edition as well after returning 104 runs in 4 matches last year with the best score of 70 against the Gujarat Lions.
Nitish Rana, so far this season: 34 (28), 50 (29), 45 (36), 11 (16), 53 (36), 62* (34). Runs: 255 runs, Run Rate: 8.54. #IPL— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) April 20, 2017
Although Tripathi is yet to do something big with the bat in this tournament so far, a couple of promising starts for RPS have forced us to slot him in at No.4 in this team. Statistics of 74 runs in 3 matches at an average of 24.66 may not seem to be impressive. However, his technique and style appear soothing to the eyes and he can hit the ball a fair distance as his strike rate of 164.44 suggests.
The 19-year old Ishan Kishan hasn’t done anything of note in the IPL so far except his blitzkrieg innings of 39 for the Gujarat Lions that almost snatched a victory away from RCB in their last encounter. Apart from his wicket-keeping abilities, Kishan is in the side for his big hitting capabilities down the order as well.
Yadav has been with the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise since 2014 and has excelled in the finisher's role. He can up the ante anytime and can play the anchoring role also if needed. He has enough experience as a captain under his belt as he has captained Mumbai many times in domestic cricket. So, the experienced campaigner slots into No. 6 as a finisher and as our captain.
All-Rounder: Krunal Pandya
What a game last night !! One of the best game i had played in my life again its a great team… https://t.co/uNNZkwr3PJ— krunal pandya (@krunalpandya24) April 15, 2017
Although Krunal made his IPL debut a year later than his younger brother Hardik Pandya, he showed it to the world that he is no less than his brother in terms of his big hitting capabilities. He contributed 237 runs with the bat at an average of 39.50 and claimed 6 wickets in Mumbai’s title-winning campaign last season. A year later today, Krunal has carried on his good form with both bat and ball, scoring 88 runs at an average of 29.33 and claiming 5 wickets in 6 matches so far.
Fast Bowlers: Basil Thampi, Siddharth Kaul and Shardul Thakur
Exciting talent this, Basil Thampi. 👏👏👏— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 18, 2017
Good action. Quick in the air. Good yorkers, nice slower balls as well. Good luck to him 👍#GLvRCB
The emergence of Thampi, Kaul and Thakur in this edition of IPL has shown that there is no dearth of fast bowlers in India who can bowl regularly over 140 Kph. Both Thampi and Kaul have shown exceptional accuracy in their execution of Yorkers for their respective franchises Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Thakur, on the other hand, has shown what he is a wicket-taker as he claimed 3 wickets in his maiden IPL match this year for Rising Pune Supergiant against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Spinner: Shahbaz Nadeem
Nadeem has been the highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy consecutively for two seasons in 2015/16 and 2016/17. He began his IPL 2017 for the Delhi Daredevils on a bright note also having claimed 4 wickets in three matches. He has a classical action with his left arm orthodox spin and unlike other modern day bowlers he is not afraid to flight the ball and use it as a bait for the batsmen. He slots into or side as the specialist spinner.