IPL 2018: Uncapped bowlers who’ve stolen the show this year
Every year, the IPL throws some surprise packages at us that leave us dumbfounded owing to their unadulterated cricketing prowess.
Updated - Apr 29, 2018 12:30 am
Ever since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL) back in 2008, the tournament has provided Cricket lovers with exciting cricketing action year after year. However, the glitz and glamour is only one facet of the cricketing gala lasting for almost two months each year. What the IPL has successfully done is to have brought raw talent to the forefront and given them an opportunity to learn the game in the vicinity of the best in the world.
Every year, the IPL throws some surprise packages at us that leave us dumbfounded. Most of these surprise elements, be it, batsmen or bowlers, come to us in the form of uncapped players. Not only do they dazzle us for the time period of the IPL, but also provide their respective nations with a treasure trove of cricketing talent to be utilised in future. Talented Indian cricketers like Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal gained attention from their stints in the tournament and were subsequently able to make a place for themselves in the national side.
Essentially, an uncapped player in the IPL is one who has not represented his nation in any format of the game at an international level. In 2018, we’ve seen several uncapped cricketers in the league make a long-lasting impression on our minds and win matches for their respective teams with their effort and passion. Let’s take a look at some of the uncapped bowlers who’ve stolen the show this year.
1. Siddharth Kaul
From being a part of the World Cup winning U-19 team back in 2008 under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, to turning out to be one of the top-rated bowlers in the 2018 season of the IPL, Siddharth Kaul has had an eventful cricketing career. Owing to a string of injuries in the early years of his career, Kaul has been unable to make his India debut till date. But that has not stopped the feisty Punjab bowler from putting his heart and soul into his game and IPL 2018 bears witness to his efforts.
Kaul is currently the leading wicket-taker for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) with 9 wickets to his name in 7 matches. Although spinner Rashid Khan has been getting most of the limelight for his bowling heroics for the SRH, Kaul has been an instrumental cog in holding the pace department together for the Kane Williamson-led team. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffering from a minor back injury, the onus has been on 27-year-old Kaul to spearhead the fast bowling of the team and he’s done his team proud. His best figures, as of yet, have come against Mumbai Indians (MI) while defending a paltry total of 119 runs, where Kaul ended the match with splendid bowling figures of 4-0-23-3.