IPL 2021: Top 5 debutants to watch out for in the season
Over the 14 years, the same tournament that many branded as mere commercialization of cricket has given the fraternity countless priceless talents, who could have been easily lost in ignorance had it not been for the big stage of the IPL.
Updated - Apr 6, 2021 12:05 pm
The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is almost round the corner and the buzz is aplenty. It has been 14 years for the league that started amidst paranoia and uncertain voices, with the purists of the game looking towards the amalgam of glamour and cricket with a skeptic’s eye. Cut to 2021, IPL has stamped its place in the hearts of billions with a force that no other league in the cricketing world has been able to even get close to.
Over these 14 years, the same tournament that many branded as mere commercialization of cricket has given the fraternity countless priceless talents, who could have been easily lost in ignorance had it not been for the big stage of the IPL. The upcoming edition will be no exception, with many franchises investing in promising talents, who might well go onto be the next big thing.
Here’s a look at the Top 5 debutants of IPL 2021:
1. Shahrukh Khan (Punjab Kings)
Named after the Bollywood fame Shahrukh Khan, the young Shahrukh has plenty more in him to watch out for than his name. The Tamil Nadu all-rounder who had a base price of 20 Lakhs was roped in by the rechristened Punjab Kings for a whopping sum of 5.25 Crores. While Shahrukh’s massive price tag caught some by surprise, it was not as much a surprise for those who have even remotely followed his domestic career.
The 6-feet-4-inches tall, hard-hitting all-rounder came into the limelight by finishing games for Tamil Nadu, although he was unable to break in the IPL straightaway. His toil paid off this season after he shone brightly in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and kept his nerves in the tense quarter-final game, where he smacked a 19-ball 40 to bail his team, which was reeling at 66/5 in a chase of 136, out of trouble.
He played another instrumental knock of unbeaten 18 from only seven deliveries in the final to take his team to the title. Having shown great temperament and skill in his short career so far, Shahrukh is one of the players to keep your eyes on in the upcoming edition.