IPL 2021: Uncapped Indian players to watch out for in the tournament
Uncapped Indian players that can shine in IPL 2021.
Updated - Apr 2, 2021 1:02 pm
The truncated Indian domestic season this year- comprising of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT) and the Vijay Hazare Trophy (VHT)- ended recently. With many IPL as well as national players in the mix, the quality of cricket on display was of a very high level. Thus, the players picked by the franchises from the domestic circuit for this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) are not likely to be lagging to win their skills and mentality with the international stars.
In fact, given their level as well as that of the domestic cricket in India today, many may spring a surprise to emerge as key players with their performances. Here is a look at some of the prominent names from the domestic circuit who were bought in the recent auction and will be hoping to continue their fantastic form in the IPL as well.
Uncapped Indian players to watch out in IPL 2021
1. Jalaj Saxena
While he has been a part of the IPL many times before with the Delhi Capitals (DC), Mumbai Indians (MI), and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Saxena is yet to play a game in the tournament. However, while his name was always taken up as a predominantly longer-format bowler, the situation seems to have changed this time as he comes into the Punjab Kings ranks having unambiguously established himself as a competent shorter-format bowler as well.
In the SMAT this year he was the 3rd highest wicket-taking spinner amongst the Indian IPL playing spinners (17 of them) while having the joint-highest bowling average with Rahul Chahar. The rich vein of form continued in the VHT where he took 8 wickets and his economy of 3.74 was the lowest amongst all elite team spinners.
Saxena’s utility lies in the fact that he is not just another finger-spinner who can perform one or two things well but ticks all the boxes that a team needs from a spinner in the format. He is well to do in opening the bowling, reliable enough to fetch wickets at any juncture of the game, and a real miser in conceding runs.
It is not an exaggeration but as assured a deduction as it can be that ability, as well as numbers-wise, there is not much that separates him from the best spinners that will display their skills this season. What he needs is someone to recognize his worth and with a legendary spinner in Anil Kumble’s form as the coach of the team, Saxena may just be the one to look out for this time.