IPL 2020: Potential Debutants to look out for

“Where talent meets opportunity”. That is the tagline associated with Indian Premier League, and it’s so apt. The tournament provides a great platform for young talents from across the globe to express and make a name for themselves specially in the T20 format.

Here’s the list of some potential debutants to look for:
The Under-19 Batch of 2020

YASHASVI JAISWAL (RR)

Yashasvi Jaiswal

The highest run scorer of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2020 with 400 runs from six innings, was bought in by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 2.4 crore and will be the perfect dashing left-handed opening pair along with Jos Buttler. The 18-year-old from Mumbai -has already made waves having playing 13 List A and one first-class match. Even made a double century in the Vijay Hazare Trophy match against Jharkhand against an attack that had Varun Aaron and Shahbaz Nadeem, becoming the youngest to achieve the feat in List A cricket. Bonus – he can bowl some leg spin too.

RR also have Kartik Tyagi, the Uttar Pradesh pacer who has a brilliant yorker apart from beautiful in-swingers.

RAVI BISHNOI (KXIP)
Ravi Bishnoi

Young leg-spinner was the highest wicket taker in the Under-19 World Cup 2020, in which India lost to Bangladesh in the final, with him picking up 17 wickets from six matches. In such a young age he’s got all the variations with a wonderful googly which keeps the batsmen guessing. He was picked by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 crore.

The Under-19 Batch of 2018

TOM BANTON (KKR)

Tom Banton

Just 21 years old, he’s alredy touted as England’s next limited-overs star, KKR perhaps got a steal with him at 1 crores at the auctions . He’s got some innovative shots & his strike rate in T20 cricket is close to 160, and in T20Is is around 167! The perfect opener that KKR can have. How they fit Banton in a line up that is set to have Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine is yet to be seen.

KAMLESH NAGRAKOTI (KKR)

Nagarkoti bought by KKR ahead of IPL 2018 but is yet to play for them. One of the stars of India’s victory in the 2018 Under-19 World Cup, he can bowl quick, is handy with the bat in the lower order and a gun fielder. Not many fast bowlers field at point, but Nagarkoti is one of them. KKR have shown faith in the youngster, and he could repay them this season.

ISHAN POREL (KXIP)
Ishan Porel

An underrated star of India’s Under-19 World Cup victory in 2018, KXIP have given him the opportunity this year. Porel is already a regular for Bengal in domestic cricket and has played 22 first-class matches. He was one of the prime reasons why Bengal made it to the final this year, losing out in finals to Saurashtra. A lanky fast bowler, Porel has all the chances of playing regularly for KXIP this year.

DEVDUTT PADIKKAL (RCB)
Devdutt Padikkal

Upcoming star of Karnataka cricket, Padikkal played crucial roles in their victories in both white-ball tournaments last season. A left-handed opener, he was a part of the RCB set up last season also but did not get a game. Padikkal is making such a strong case that RCB are even contemplating making AB de Villiers keep wickets so that a slot at the top opens up. He’s also a local lad from Bangalore, which will make him a fan favourite among RCB.

RITURAJ GAIKWAD (CSK)
Rituraj Gaikwad

The right-handed batsman, only 23, is among the youngest players in the CSK squad which is also known as ‘dad’s army’. With Suresh Raina not playing this season for personal reasons, there’s every chance Gaikwad will make his debut.

SHELDON COTRELL (KXIP)
Sheldon Cotrell

The left-arm pacer from West Indies went for in the IPL 2020 player auctions at 8.5 crores. Kings XI Punjab needed a pacer and went all guns blazing for the left-armer. One of the promising pacers from the region, the 31 year old Cottrell has a very good T20 economy of 7.46, and he will enjoy bowling his variations on slow pitches in UAE. The salute man could become even more popular if he has a good IPL.

ABDUL SAMAD (SRH)
Abdul Samad
The hard-hitting youngster, just 18 years old, was the only cricketer from Kashmir Valley to be bought in the IPL 2020 auction, going to SRH for his base price of Rs. 20 lakh. SRH team depends on Indian batsmen in the middle order, and Samad could be the perfect bet to play with freedom in the middle overs after the opening partnership of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.