IPL 2020 got underway in the United Arab Emirates on 19th September as the Indian cricketers made their return to the field for the first time in six months. The tournament has proven to be quite competitive so far. In IPL 2020, the fans witnessed the first-ever double Super Over contest between the Mumbai Indians and the Kings XI Punjab.
Besides, there have been many other close games between the franchises. The Chennai Super Kings, who usually do well in the IPL, have struggled this year, and one of the reasons behind their failure has been the age of the players. CSK backed the experienced names over the young talent and that cost them a few matches this season.
Speaking of youngsters, many upcoming players have stolen the show in the tournament. With the T20 World Cup approaching, some youngsters might have potentially sealed their spots in the Indian squad for that mega event.
In the list, let’s take a look at the players, who have done well in the IPL:
1. Mohammed Siraj
The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s right-arm fast bowler Mohammed Siraj stunned the fans with his dream spell of 3/8 against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Siraj would have impressed the selectors with his dream spell. The former Sunrisers Hyderabad fast bowler became the first player to bowl two maiden overs in an IPL match.
Siraj has evolved a lot as a fast bowler. The Bangalore-based franchise backed him despite his failures, and eventually, the backing paid off in grand fashion. His line and length can trouble the batsmen in any format.
Comparing his IPL 2020 numbers with the previous seasons, one can clearly say that Siraj is ready to play for the Indian team now. His economy rate is 7.85 in four games so far. Siraj can be the perfect back-up pacer in the team.
2. Washington Sundar
Another player from the Royal Challengers Bangalore team to feature on this list is the spin-bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar. Skipper Virat Kohli has understood how to use the Tamil Nadu player in the powerplay overs. The right-arm off-spinner has bowled some terrific spells in IPL 2020 so far.
Kohli has also backed Sundar as a batsman in the tournament. In the match against the Kings XI Punjab, the team management promoted Sundar above AB de Villiers, showing faith in his batting abilities. India need a solid off-spin bowler and Sundar can play that role for the team.
Also, the T20 World Cup 2021 will take place in India. The spin-friendly conditions will allow Sundar to trouble the batsmen even more. His inclusion could make a massive difference to the team balance.
3. Rahul Tewatia
The surprise package of IPL 2020 has been Rahul Tewatia. The uncapped leg-spin all-rounder shocked everyone with an epic knock against the Kings XI Punjab earlier in the event. He slammed five sixes in an over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell, which shows that he can destroy any bowler on his day.
Tewatia followed it up with a mature knock against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The left-handed batsman dominated Rashid Khan in a way that very few batsmen have done so far. His leg-spin bowling will give Virat Kohli an additional bowling option at the World Cup.
The Rajasthan Royals all-rounder has been one of the best uncapped players of the tournament so far. The Indian team management would have surely noted his all-around brilliance. It will be interesting to see how he performs at the international level.
4. Navdeep Saini
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have had an extraordinary season in IPL 2020 so far. One of the main reasons behind their success has been the terrific form of their Indian players. Earlier, we noted how Mohammed Siraj and Washington Sundar have impressed while donning the RCB jersey this year.
Another Indian talent who has done extremely well for RCB this year is Navdeep Saini. Although the right-arm quick bowler has only picked up five wickets in ten matches, his line and length have not allowed easy runs to the batsmen. Saini has an economy rate of 8.08 this season, which is better than the 2019 season.
Most importantly, he has emerged as a reliable option for Virat Kohli this year. He had bowled a splendid Super Over against the Mumbai Indians, showing that he can do well under pressure. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar dealing with an injury, Saini could possibly bowl alongside Jasprit Bumrah in the T20 World Cup.
5. Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill can be a back-up batsman in the T20 World Cup for India. The openers of the Indian team are in fine touch right now, but the middle-order batsmen have not had the best IPL season. The likes of Sanju Samson, Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube, and Rishabh Pant have struggled to play with consistency.
In this situation, Shubman Gill can be a handy option. He can bat in the middle order for the Indian team. Gill has shown that he can bat as per the requirements.
The Kolkata Knight Riders star has the talent to rebuild an innings if the openers depart early or he can straightaway hit the big shots after coming out in the middle. Gill could be a valuable addition to the Indian team.
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