The Indian Premier League (IPL) has time and again given a platform to young Indian talents who have later gone on to represent India at the highest level. Be it Virat Kohli or a Hardik Pandya, the cash-rich league has always been the stepping stone for a number of budding cricketers.
As the Under-19 World Cup is underway in New Zealand, it is an opportune moment to take a look at the current child prodigies in the Indian youth team who are likely to stake their claim in the upcoming IPL auction.
A stylish right-hander, Shaw is also the current India Under-19 captain and has been in sublime form over the past one year. Right from his maiden first-class game where he scored a riveting century for Mumbai, Shaw is perhaps the next big thing in Indian cricket. Rightly so, the 18 year old has carried his purple patch to the ongoing tournament. In the opening game against Australia, he scored an enthralling 94, followed by an unbeaten 57 against PNG. The testimony of his lethal form may have him on the radar of quite a few IPL franchises.
Still a teenager and already clocking 145 KPH! Incredible! Having started as a pure fast bowler, the right arm pacer is proving his mettle in the Under-19 World Cup on the hard New Zealand decks. The IPL scouts are already after him with Rajasthan Royals even wishing the boy success on their Twitter handle, after the win against Australia.
Joining Nagarkoti is another fellow fast bowler Shivam Mavi. The pace duo is on a single-minded mission to destroy opposition top orders in the Under-19 World Cup with their blistering pace. Besides, Mavi is also handy with the bat, making some important runs for his team whenever the need arises. His resistance to bat for long coupled with his bowling propensity make him the perfect contender for IPL spot.
With a batting average over 100 in the youth ODIs, the Punjab batsman has been on the charts for over a year. In 3 World Cup games so far, Shubman Gill has made the most of his opportunity, scoring 63 and 90* against Zimbabwe and Australia respectively. Playing under the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh, the top order batsman must be eyeing an IPL contract.
Displaying shades of Ravindra Jadeja, Jharkhand left-arm all-rounder Anukul Roy is another pivotal figure in the current Under-19 squad. His 5-wicket-haul against PNG, followed by another four-for would have raised some eyebrows in the IPL community. Besides his bowling, the southpaw is also known for his rapid cameos towards the end of the innings. Left-arm spinners have always been hard to play across all formats, thereby making Roy a safe bet for the teams.