Wednesday, 30 May 2012

The Exciting Young Players Gifted by IPL 2012

The IPL 2012 concluded this Sunday as Kolkata Knight Riders for the first time lifted the title by defeating 2 times and defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets at the Chepauk. This year's IPL saw many close matches, last ball finishes and exciting contests between bat and ball. Also several unknown names came up and performed brilliantly to become household names across the world. Lets have a look at some of the upcoming superstars that were gifted by DLF IPL 2012.

1. Ajinkya Rahane- This technically correct young batsman of Rajasthan Royals scored tons of runs in the Ranji Trophy the previous season but it was the lucrative IPL 2012 that forced everyone to notice this wonderful player. Rahane in the initial stages of the tournament held the Orange Cap. In 16 matches this season, Rahane scored 560 runs at an average of 40 with 1 hundred and 3 50's at a strike rate of around 130. Among the hard hitting batsmen in the IPL, Rahane showed how you can score runs in T20 even by nudging the ball here and there and playing technically correct shots. Rahane had impressed even when India played the one day series against England. Now he has caught the eye of selectors again and hopefully he will find a place in India's next assignment.

2. Sunil Narine- He is the mystery which could n't be solved even by the great man Sachin Tendulkar. Narine was the most impressive bowler in IPL 2012 and was one of the main reasons why Kolkata Knight Riders lifted the title. Narine was a completely unknown player 2 months back but the way he foxed every batsman in every game was what that impressed everyone. In 15 matches this season Narine took 24 wickets at an average of 13.5 with a wonderful economy rate of 5.47 with a best of 5-19. In almost every game Narine picked up 1 or 2 wickets and conceded only around 20 runs. These figures are brilliant even in one day cricket let alone T20. West Indies would be very pleased to see this young man and he would hopefully join the Windies team and make their bowling attack a strong force to reckon with. Windies badly need a good spinner and Narine might just be the man they needed.

3. Mandeep Singh- The Kings XI player was the winner of the upcoming young player award of DLF IPL 2012. The young man played 16 matches scoring 432 runs at an average of 27 with 2 fifties and a best of 75. For the kings XI he provided stability in the middle order and kept Punjab in the hunt for a play offs berth till their last game. The Punjab team lacked big superstars but players like Mandeep Singh ensured that their team are no pushovers. Mandeep has the right kind of temperament needed for competitive cricket and has a sound technique too. We can certainly hope to see this man getting laurels in the India colours.

Despite all the controversies one must never forget that IPL is a cricket tournament and is a platform for young players all over the world to rub shoulders with the best in the business and showcase their talent. The best thing about the IPL is that every year it gives us new superstars like the above players who more often than not end up having successful stints with their national sides.


  1. I have seen those young players a couple of times and I gotta say that they are very talented! I hope to see them playing again soon

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