IPL 2018: 5 uncapped players who can make it to the Indian Team

IPL 2018: 5 uncapped players who can make it to the Indian Team

The glamorous tournament is known for its ability to scour out talent from the remote recesses of the country.

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Prithvi Shaw plays a shot. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is known for its ability to scour out talent from the remote recesses of the country. Every year, at the end of the tournament we’re left with promising fresh talent and thereby emerge the likes of Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. This year too, a richly talented crop of players were spotted in action for various teams.

In the past one month of cricketing frenzy that has taken the country by a storm like it does every year, the selectors of the national side would’ve been keeping a watchful eye on the proceedings, sorting the pile of young, uncapped players to seek out the best of the lot. Let’s take a look at 5 uncapped players from IPL 2018 who have more than a fair chance of making it to the Indian Cricket team in near future owing to their brimming prowess at the game.

1. Suryakumar Yadav

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Mumbai Indians’ Suryakumar Yadav in action. (Photo by IANS)

Suryakumar Yadav had big shoes to fill when he was drafted into the Mumbai Indians (MI) side this year as he handed the responsibility of opening the innings alongside Evin Lewis, instead of Rohit Sharma. Considering that Parthiv Patel had played some particularly blistering knocks at the top for MI last year, Yadav was faced with an uphill task at the very outset. Although MI failed to make it to the playoffs, Yadav turned out to be the team’s highest run-getter with 512 runs in 14 innings, at a strike rate of 133.33.

As somebody who’d consistently batted at number 6 or 7 for his former franchise, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the 27-year-old adapted quickly to his role in his new team and didn’t disappoint them for having placed their faith in him. Yadav also has to be credited for having a sound head on his shoulders, which was well reflected in the maturity with which he handled his role in the team in spite of a young age. Having someone as destructive as Lewis as his opening partner, Suryakumar Yadav could’ve easily been tempted into trying to dominate and prove his own worth.

However, he chose to play the supporting role in several of Lewis’s innings, giving him the respect that was due and stuck to playing his own shots which helped him flourish. The proof of this can be found in the fact that the Caribbean ranks second just behind Yadav in the list of most runs accrued by any MI batsman in 2018. Owing to his playing maturity and a natural batting finesse, Yadav may very well expect an Indian team call-up very soon.