IPL 2018: Fab three trio of Delhi Daredevils have a promising future ahead
While Shreyas Iyer has already played for India, Pant and Shaw remain on the wings awaiting their debuts.
Updated - Jun 2, 2018 10:00 pm
The Delhi Daredevils said goodbye to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 season with a bang. Two comprehensive victories against biggies Chennai and Mumbai brought smiles to the faces of the fans in the capital. The franchise finished bottom of the table, after another overwhelming season. Yet they will feel hearted with the progress of three of their youngsters.
The likes of skipper Shreyas Iyer, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant and teenage sensation Prithvi Shaw look like a pack full of energy and talent. The manner in which they handled themselves in IPL 2018 shows the confidence and maturity they have built along the way.
With the BCCI monitoring the workload of several players in IPL 2018, the trio are a crucial part of that program. This shows that there is a plan to monitor the growth of them and make sure that they are not burdened with the workload to ensure they remain fit for a national call-up.
The trio had their say in IPL 2018 in a very positive manner. Here is a look at the three youngsters and what’s in store for them in both IPL and India colours.
Rishabh Pant dazzles for DD
His statistics may say a lot in this edition when it has come to runs and the manner in which he has got them. But there is a lot in that especially in his application and understanding the situation. The Delhi youngster is making the right noises about being the future Indian keeper in all formats, and replace MS Dhoni and Wriddhiman Saha.
His notable innings was the one against Sunrisers Hyderabad at home. There were all the elements a batsman could have in his bag. The range of shots, the aggression and the tempo, all somewhat came together as he smashed a record-breaking century. On a day when a batting masterclass was witnessed at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Risabh Pant went on to score the highest ever knock in the IPL.
The youngest to do so, the 20-year-old’s 128* was a great show one can ever witness. One feels there is something very wonderful and special about Pant. The manner in which he played his shots depicted his innovative T20 thinking.
Pant finished with 684 runs in IPL 2018 and is the second leading run-scorer. He ended with five fifties and a ton.
Prithvi Shaw a big promise
The question that many are discussing, Is Prithvi Shaw the next big thing in Indian cricket? The Under-19 World Cup winning captain gives DD the base needed atop and his aggression has been a successful ploy. 245 runs from nine matches helped Prithvi Shaw gain a lot of attention.
Two fifties to his name in IPL 2018 with a strike-rate of 153.12; the 18-year-old played some fearless cricket. The opener has impressed one and all with his stroke-play and his range of shots attract everyone’s attention. He has the desired clarity in his head and goes after what’s in his direction. His prowess to hit through the line is a special gift.
The player, who was bought for Rs 1.2 crore by DD, made his first-class debut in the 2017 Ranji Trophy against Tamil Nadu and has never looked back. In 10 first-class matches, he has already hit five hundreds and four fifties at an average of 56.22.
His standout performance was a 36-ball 65 against SRH in match number 36. He showed that reading the length early is a key attribute he carries.
Shreyas Iyer brings plenty of attributes
DD made him the skipper for a reason after Gautam Gambhir stepped down. Iyer has been a phenomenal player and his hardworking has paid dividends of late. He has been in the Indian squad for quite some time and that has helped him gain significant prowess as a batsman.
The 23-year-old has been selected for the upcoming three-match ODI series against England in July as he kept his place intact. Shreyas is one of the players for DD that is captain material for years to come. Yes, he will be learning the trades with time and that bodes well for the franchise.
411 runs in 14 games and four fifties in his name, the player has shown his capabilities to lead the line. A special season indeed individually for the Mumbaikar. The last two wins must have given him a lot of confidence.
What about their India hopes?
BCCI need to nurture the trio in the very best way possible. What the board had done well was to make sure they had limited workload in the training sessions in IPL 2018. In the three groups BCCI has created, the players fall in each of the different categories in which 23 players were selected earlier.
Shaw could go on to become the future captain of India and step in the place that Virat Kohli achieved in his glittering career. What depends is how he makes use of the domestic season count from here on.
Pant has already played in the Nidahas Trophy in March 2018 and needs to be patient until the next chance arrives. For Iyer, the chances are to make use of the time he gets while representing India. He needs to be patient and keep going ahead.