The biggest cricketing bonanza of the year – Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 tournament is back again this year which has started its journey way back from 2008. In this edition of Indian Premier League where again eight teams will play for their pride will feature the DRS (Decision Review System) for the first time in the history of IPL. The other big headline in this year’s edition of Indian Premier League is that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will make their comeback after two years of ban due to alleged spot-fixing. Chennai Super Kings played at the very first match of this year’s IPL on April 07, 2018 against the reigning champions Mumbai Indians (MI) at Wankhede Stadium where team Dhoni had their first victory of the season.
This year, IPL auction was also not an exception with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) retaining their in-form captain Virat Kohli at a whopping price of ₹ 17 crores. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma were also retained by Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at a cost of ₹ 17 crore fees. For the second year in a row, Ben Stokes emerged as the most expensive player in the auction with Rajasthan Royals (RR) who also made their comeback in this season of IPL by paying a record price of ₹ 12.5 crores.
Indian Premier League, which is known for providing a platform to young players to showcase their individual talents have some big names from the India Under-19 cricket who managed to grab contracts for themselves in this year’s auction. Here is a list of 5 under-19 players to look at in this edition of IPL.
Born on December 28, 1999, Kamlesh Nagarkoti is a right arm fast bowler from Barmer, Rajasthan. He is amongst the fastest bowlers in his age group clocking consistently in excess of 140 kph. Kamlesh made his debut for Rajasthan in 2016–2017 Vijay Hazare Trophy where he took first ever hat-trick in a match against Gujarat. He also ranked amongst the fastest bowlers in the World. This year, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) paid a whopping ₹ 3.2 crores to bring the young Indian pacer to their camp.
Shubman Gill, a right-hand top-order batsman belongs from Fazilka, Punjab. Born on September 8, 1999, he made his first-class debut for Punjab in 2017 – 2018 Ranji Trophy. He was named the vice-captain of India’s squad for the 2018 Cricket Under-19 World Cup where he became the leading run scorer with 372 runs and also named as the player of the series. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) paid ₹ 1.8 crores in this year’s IPL auction to land this young rising star of India.
The captain of current India Under-19 team, Prithvi Shaw is right-hand opening batsmen from Thane, Maharashtra. Born on November 09, 1999, he made his first-class debut for Mumbai in the semi-finals of the 2016 – 2017 Ranji Trophy. Last year, Prithvi was also named as the captain of India’s Under-19 team where he led his team to trophy triumph in the 2018 Cricket World Cup. In this edition of Indian Premier League, Prithvi was signed by Delhi Daredevils (DD) for ₹ 1.2 crores.
Shivam Mavi is a right arm fast bowler from Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Born on November 26, 1998, Mavi started his career with batting until his cricket coach at Wanderers Cricket Club in Noida saw him bowling in the nets. Mavi soon found himself a level above and soon found his place in the 2018 ICC Under-19 cricket world cup. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) paid a whopping ₹ 3 crores to land him in their franchise.
Born on January 15, 1999, Manjot Kalra is a left-handed from Delhi. Kalra came into the spotlight in the first match and final of the 2018 Under-19 cricket world cup with the match-winning scores of 86 and 101 not out. He hit 3 sixes and 8 fours in the innings that helped his team chase 217 with more than 11 overs to spare. Delhi Daredevils (DD) bought this young talented opening batsman by paying his base price of ₹ 20 Lakh.
Written by: Akankhita Roy