Guwahati: The Indian Premier League has been a breeding ground for young and talented uncapped players each season. It serves as one of the best platforms for the players to showcase their talent and stake their claim to be considered for the national team.
The Indian national team has seen several grand entries from the IPL over the years. Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, and Hardik Pandya are just a few to be named who fine-tuned their skills in the IPL and are now ruling the International circuit
Not only does the IPL benefits the uncapped players, but the uncapped players have always been an essential component for any IPL franchise.
They don’t only fill the gaps for various positions in the team. They act as important backups to cover up for their main players.
With the IPL 2020 all set to start from September 19, here is a list of the top 5 uncapped players to look out for this season.
Ravi Bishnoi – Kings XI Punjab
The 19-year-old leggie was brought in for a whopping 2 crore by the Kings XI Punjab after a long bidding war with the Mumbai Indians. With the KXIP side lacking the availability of big names in the spin bowling department, it can be a great opportunity for 19-year-old Bishnoi.
Going by his numbers, the KXIP management will surely be tempted to play him in the top 11. Bishnoi finished as the highest wicket-taker in the U-19 World Cup 2019/20 with seventeen wickets in just six games at an impressive economy rate of 3.48.
Yashasvi Jaiswal – Rajasthan Royals
The 18-year-old UP born batsman was roped for a massive 2.4 crore by the Rajasthan Royals in the auction. Jaiswal was the highest run-getter for India in the U-19 World Cup 2019/20 with a century against Pakistan in the semifinal. The 18-year-old became the youngest cricketer to score a List A double-century Enroute his 203 runs off 154 balls against Jharkhand in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match.
With Ajinkya Rahane not available for the season, Jaiswal would be a very good pick at the top of the order from the start of the tournament.
Riyan Parag – Rajasthan Royals
The 18-year-old Assam born all-rounder broke into the Rajasthan Royals set-up last season. He scored 160 runs with a couple of not-outs and picked up two wickets in seven games.
He also became the youngest cricketer to score a fifty in the history of IPL at the age of 17 years and 175 days. With the Rajasthan Royals franchise retaining the 18-year-old, one can expect to see a lot more of him in the upcoming season.
Devdutt Padikkal – Royal Challengers Bangalore
The 19-year-old Karnataka-born batsman has impressed everyone with his heroics in the domestic circuit. Playing for Karnataka, he was the leading run-scorer in the 2019–20 Vijay Hazare Trophy, with 609 runs in eleven matches.
After a great domestic season, the 19-year-old is now all set to play his debut IPL season, alongside none other than the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli. It t will be really interesting to see if this talented youngster in action.
Priyam Garg- Sunrisers Hyderabad
The India U-19 skipper seems tailor-made for the no.3 spot, something that SRH would be looking to plug next season.
Although Priyam’s ideal style is suited to the anchor role, he can attack the opposition as well. With a mix of both calculative and attacking mindset, the 19-year-old from Meerut would surely be the uncapped player to watch out for this season.