IPL 2018: Five uncapped Indian batsmen who have impressed this season

These five Indian uncapped players have been impressive for their respective franchises so far.

2. Prithvi Shaw

Prithvi Shaw
Delhi Daredevils’ Prithvi Shaw celebrates his half-century. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Among the many things that went wrong with Delhi Daredevils was the non-inclusion of Prithvi Shaw from their starting XI. Nonetheless, it’s better late than never. He made his IPL debut against Kings XI Punjab and even though he was dismissed for 22, he looked at so much ease during his brief stay on the crease that it was difficult to figure out whether he was actually playing on this big stage for the first time. He opened the batting with Gautam Gambhir then.

In the next game, after all the emotional turbulence DD was hit with, Gambhir was sitting out. Shaw opened the batting with Colin Munro then. Interestingly, Munro never looked as comfortable in the tournament as he did with Shaw. DD had struck gold, at least temporarily, with that combination. In the 62-run-knock that followed, the flourish was so effortless that it ended up giving DD the kind of foundation that they had been longing for throughout the tournament. Most importantly, the U-19 star is a perfect combination of calm and fierce on the crease. He is neither too attacking nor is he too defensive. It’s just what the doctor ordered for DD. At 18 years and 169 days, he became the joint-youngest to score a half-century in IPL.


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