IPL is a platform where talent meets opportunity and when talent meets opportunity, people emerge and shine. That’s what happens with a lot of youngsters every year in the IPL which is why it is considered the best cricket league in the world. This year too, after 40 matches, we can safely say there has been few emerging talents who have lit up the tournament. In this article, we take a look at four of those players who have really emerged in IPL 2020 for the first time.
Talking about the emerging players, RCB’s Devdutt Padikkal has stolen the show the most and he’s undoubtedly the front runner among all. Padikkal was coming in this IPL on the back of a strong domestic season where he had scored 580 runs in 12 matches of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and so, people who followed domestic cricket had a lot of expectations from him in the league. He didn’t disappoint them and started the tournament with a 50 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
After a low score in the next game, he again scored a half century against a testing bowling lineup of Mumbai Indians. So far in the 10 matches, he has scored 321 runs at the strike rate of 124. His performances in last few games haven’t been upto the mark and that’s probably because of teams figuring out his strengths and weaknesses but he already has had an outstanding season for any youngsters.
Tamilnadu born left arm fast bowler Thangarasu Natarajan has finally expressed his true potential in front of everyone in his second season. Seen as India’s Mustfizur Rehman after an excellent season of TNPL, KXIP had bought him in 3 crores the auction in 2017 but he could only pick a couple of wickets in the 6 matches he played for that franchise.
He has finally come good in this season where he has taken 11 wickets in 10 matches with an economy of 8.78 after bowling mostly in death overs. He has bowled the most number of Yorkers in this season up until this point which is basically showing why he was hailed as India’s Mustfizur Rehman at one time.
Rajasthan Royals all rounder Rahul Tewatia became a household name this year when he pulled off a miracle against KXIP in Sharjah in the initial half of the league. When 51 were required in last 3 overs , everyone believed the game was as good as over for RR but not Tewatia, he had the belief. He hit 5 sixes in the next over and with 21 needing off last 12 balls in Sharjah, it was very doable. Tewatia pulled off a miracle but this wasn’t the only game he won for the Royals.
With Riyan Parag, he got them over the line against SRH too. The reason why he is among one of the emerging players is he has scored 224 runs with the strike rate of 144 and has also picked up 7 wickets in the tournament already but that inning got him the household fame for sure.
South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje is one of the reasons why Delhi Capitals is at the top of the table at the moment. Nortje is playing his first IPL season and he has impressed one & all with his ability and performance. With 12 wickets in 9 games, his performance is for everyone to see.
With the record of bowling the fastest ball ever in IPL, he openly showcased what he is capable of doing. He bowled a 156 kmph ball to Jos Buttler after getting hit for 14 runs in that over. He also dismissed him with that ball. Nortje has an economy of less than 8 while bowling a lot of overs in the death which is quite an outstanding feat for someone who is playing only his first season.
Unfortunately for him, he is born before 1994 which makes him ineligible for winning the IPL emerging player of the award but he has surely emerged in this season.