The annual T20 fest of India, called IPL, once again started big, gluing fans strong to the television sets every evening! Like every other edition of this tournament, this one also saw the rise of some new stars. They got very less attention before the start of this season, but through their brilliant performances, they caught the eyes of numerous cricket fans. Let’s get a brief view of these emerging performers one by one:-
- KRUNAL PANDYA – When the younger member of the Pandya family from Vadodara – Hardik, was achieving lots of praise for his all-round performance in the Asia Cup and World T20 Cup in national colors, the elder one – Krunal, was preparing hard with an aim to set his own identity through IPL! Mumbai Indians bought this left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler at a whooping price of 2 Crore, and Krunal showed why the bid was important in just 4 games he played. While Hardik is still searching his form back, Krunal scored some blasting innings with an overall strike rate of 187.5 and average of 105.0, starting straight from the debut match against Gujarat Lions, and also picked up 3 wickets bowling 12 overs with an economy of just 6.0!
- MURUGAN ASHWIN – Maybe it was the title – ‘Ashwin’, due to which few people came to know about the Tamil Nadu leg-spinner whom Rising Pune Supergiants bought along with the best-known ‘Ashwin’ – Ravichandran. But currently, this Ashwin is getting more praises than the experienced one, due to his efficient bowling performance in this IPL! Murugan Ashwin has scalped 7 wickets in 5 matches, at a bowling average of 20.57, marking himself as another upcoming sensation from TN.
- MUSTAFIZUR RAHMAN – “Bowling no problem, but Speaking and Batting problem.” – is the only sentence the Bangladeshi youngster could utter to his Australian skipper David Warner during their first meet! But Warner soon realized his talent and gave his dear young ‘Fizz’ a chance in the playing XI of Sunrisers Hyderabad, ahead of Trent Boult, and the rest is history. Mustafizur has been the best invention of IPL9 with 7 wickets in 5 matches with an economy of just 5.75 and a bowling average of 16.42!
T20 cricket was initially marked as a ‘Batsman’s game’, but IPL continuously offered the bowlers equal chances every year. By bringing up three bowlers as the new best performers, this success is proved once again this season!