A file photo of Prithvi Shaw (L) and Ambati Rayudu (R) Photograph:( PTI )
Indian Premier League (IPL) is all about talent. Over the years it has become a platform for the young cricketers to display fearless and ruthless cricket to the world. Better the talent, the chance of players being selected for the national side are more.
Similarly, the eleventh edition of the IPL has witnessed some tremendous performances by players and have taken this league to a different level.
So, as the season approaches its business end, let's look at the top players who deserve to be promoted to the national team.
1. Ambati Rayudu
Rayudu, is the most consistent performer for Chennai and his stats is a testament to that. He has scored 423 runs in just 10 games played. He is the first batsman to cross the 400-mark. The orange cap holder has performed at an average of 151.61 to top the list of highest run-getters of the season. Over the years, Rayudu has switched his batting slots and has matured when comes to shot selection, making him a suitable player for the Indian team.
2. Rishabh Pant
The 20-year-old Delhiite, Pant has taken the IPL by storm with his ability to hit the ball. He cracked a blistering 69 against Rajasthan that gave Delhi a nervy four-run victory at home. He also played a match-winning knock against Mumbai where he scored 47 off just 25 balls. Pant hammered 85 off just 48 balls against Bangalore but couldn't get his team through on that occasion. In 10 games he has scored 393 runs at a strike rate of 173.12. In his innings, he has slammed 41 boundaries and 20 sixes. This score must have certainly impressed the selectors and could very well be in contention to join the Indian cricket brigade.
3. Prithvi Shaw: India's star captain in their successful U-19 World Cup campaign has set batting standards for experienced players in this year's IPL. He showcased his talent and ended up with scores of 94, 57 (not out), 40, 41 and 29. Shaw excels in playing on the front foot, with his cover drives being a joy to watch. His playing capabilities are often compared to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. In five matches, he has scored 205 runs, which includes two half-centuries.
With 65 runs being his highest, he has a strike rate of 170.83. He will be a strong contender to open the batting for the Indian side.
4. Shreyas Iyer
The newly-appointed Daredevils skipper showed his class on Friday in his very first match as captain. He played a blistering knock, scoring 93 runs off just 40 deliveries, having walked out to bat at No 3, and thus helped his side post a mammoth total on the board. He has reached the half-century mark four times in 10 games at an average of 149.36. But, the 21-year-old top-order batsman from missed out of the India team spot despite being one of the main reasons behind Mumbai’s Ranji triumph this year. Shreyas scored a whopping 1321 runs from 11 matches at an average of 73.38 and with a very impressive strike-rate of 92.70. He also smashed four centuries and seven fifties along with a brilliant double-hundred.
5. Shivam Mavi
India rarely produces out-and-out fast bowlers, but Shivam Mavi proved in the U-19 World Cup that he could bowl regularly at 140 kph. Mavi performed consistently throughout the World Cup, notably taking 3-45 against Australia and 2-27 against Bangladesh. An opening bowler, Mavi was bought by the Kolkata in the IPL auction and went for a very high 3 crores. So far, he had a decent inning in IPL. In seven matches he has played, Mavi claimed just three wickets abut is surely expected to stand to his billing. Mavi's line and length makes him a perfect piece for the Indian side.