The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the very few tournaments that give the youngsters a plethora of opportunities. While this competition can be an acid-test in the quest to break through the senior team, failure does not mean the end of the world for them. Most importantly, it ensures the entire cricket fraternity to take notice of some world class talent and at times, the youthful exuberance wins over the experience of the renowned names.
The 10th edition of the IPL has also given us some future Indian stars in the making. The raw pace of rookies like Basil Thampi and Mohammad Siraj or the hard-hitting ability of Mumbai star Nitish Rana has certified that India’s cricket future lies in safe hands. However amidst all these, two players who have created a buzz and been the talking point so far are Rahul Tripathi and Rishabh Pant.
26-year old Tripathi has been a revelation for Pune in this tournament so far. With 352 runs from 9 matches, the uncapped batsman is RPS’ highest run-scorer this season. He scored six consecutive 30+ scores in the first seven matches which provided a glimpse of his talent, but it was the 52-ball 93 against KKR which left most fans in awe of Tripathi. His clean-hitting knock which single-handedly propelled Pune to victory, was strung with nine boundaries and seven sixes.
A look at Tripathi’s aggressive innings at the Eden Gardens-
Erstwhile, Rishabh Pant had an average start to the season, but things worsened when he managed four back-to-back single digit scores in as many matches. In spite of that, the Delhi think tank persisted with Pant and their backing finally paid dividends. The teenager walked in to bat against Gujarat when DD lost their stand-in skipper Karun Nair in the 3rd over while chasing 209. A win was a must for both the teams to stay afloat in the competition.
Finding an able ally in Sanju Samson at the other end, the Pant-bomb exploded and left the Gujarat fielders hapless spectators on the field. With Sixes flowing off his blade as if it was book cricket, Pant did not spare a single Lions bowler. The highlight of his innings came in the 11th over when he smashed experienced James Faulkner for 22 runs from 4 balls.
One of the best Innings I have seen in the IPL & that includes all 10 seasons. @RishabPant777
Eventually a crestfallen Pant had to take the long walk back upon being dismissed for 97 from 43 balls (6X4, 9X6), but his innings not only helped Delhi make a mockery of the chase but also garnered praise from many cricketers.
In case you missed Pant’s carnage, here is a glance for you-
If we are try rate these two innings from the future Indian stars, it is bound to be difficult. Both were special in their own way. But keeping in account the circumstances, the pressure of chase and other facets, we feel Pant’s blitzkrieg pips Tripathi’s decimation overall.