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3rd November 2020

Fearlessness and grit - Gen Next leave their mark in this year’s Indian T20 season

The Indian T20 league has lived up to its hype thus far with fans seeing plenty of close games and exciting come-from-behind victories. While the senior players such as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have fared well, this season has been about the emergence of a number of young guns who have displayed their temperament and quality.

We look at some players who have been impressive thus far.

Sanju Samson: Sanju Samson left an immediate mark in the league with two successive fifties in the first two games that Rajasthan Royals played and helped his team register two 200-plus totals. He had scored 74 off 32 against Chennai with nine huge sixes and followed it up with a knock of 85 in 42 balls. The youngster has impeccable timing and has impressed critics and fans alike with his talent.

Ishan Kishan: The Mumbai Indians wicket-keeper played his first game of the season against Bangalore and showed his mettle straightaway. The youngster walked out to bat at 16 for 2, with his team needing 2020 for a win. Kishan adapted his game to perfection and stayed till the end to almost take his team over the line with a 99 off 58 balls. Though his efforts went in vain, Kishan’s mental strength was applauded.

Prithvi Shaw: The fact that Ricky Ponting, the head coach of Delhi Capitals, benched IPL veteran Ajinkya Rahane to allow Shaw to open the innings, is evidence of the skill-set that the young player possesses. The pocket-sized dynamo has been aggressive at the top of the order, scoring 2020 runs at a strike rate of 149.62. Termed a Test specialist, Shaw has been the surprise performer in the tournament over the last few years. This season, the 20-year has anchored the innings to perfection and has taken on the new ball bowlers with ease to give his team solid starts.

Ravi Bishnoi: The youngster has 8 wickets thus far at an economy rate of 7.85, including a three-wicket haul. Bishnoi was the highest wicket-taker in the Under-19 World Cup that was held earlier this year and has carried that form into the tournament. He has been attacking the batsmen with his googlies fearlessly and has managed to deceive the southpaws. His spell against Rishabh Pant of Delhi Capitals in particular was impressive, as Bishnoi set Pant up beautifully by bowling a series of wrong ‘uns to the wicket-keeper.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti: The fast bowler was injured for more than two years but was backed by Kolkata Knight Riders, with the franchise taking care of his expenses and treatment. The pacer finally made his IPL debut this year and has been the X-factor in the team. He has been economical thus far, and shone in the match against Rajasthan Royals where he ended with 2 for 13. He is also a gun fielder and would hope to end the season with a bang.

*All stats till 13th October, 2020

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