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IPL 2017: Is Big League all about Big Boys?

Credits: The Indian Express via PTI

From the flicker of cash-rich IPL auction to the muster of a team that kick-starts the engine of an Otto cycle of a pinnacle brand of cricket, the Indian Premier League is at its best in its own way and has always weaved the tinge of golden jiffies in the form of entertainment.

It is cognisance of the fact that it is a gripping crowd-puller saga of around two months of heavy-dose action that keeps the onlookers engaged right from the word go till the end of the cardinal climax. IPL acts a perfect package for the out of form batsmen or bowlers to tune their knack of clinical touch. At times, we might wonder that, is IPL all about big guns.

Credits: The Indian Express via PTI

The IPL fraternity has always been the fruitful platform for the tender assets to prove their mettle. They are more likely to experience their serene dream of wearing Blue jersey if clicked a good impression when they are given a chance to perform in hectic situations.

Take a look at the Gujarat Lions’ franchise! They possess one of the deadliest batting line-ups without the shadow of any doubt. But they don’t bat an eye on the youngsters which clearly justifies the fact that their priorities are more onto the experienced campaigners.

In the 19th cracker of an IPL match between RCB and GL, the game saw India’s U-19 captain Ishan Kishan sending the RCB bowlers to cleaners with a blazing-forged cameo of a 16-ball 39 runs eclipsing 2 fours and 4 mighty whips took the stadium by a shocker.

Let’s hope that Gujarat Lions give the youngster Ishan Kishan to promote high up the order just like Rising Pune Supergiant did. They spotted the talent of Rahul Tripathi who showed glimpses of his clear-cut stroke-making abilities and done a pretty good in making him as a potential opener and ever since he took charge, he didn’t settle for the run-of-the-mill.

The other promising star who shot into the limelight is Rishab Pant but he hasn’t been given a chance to switch on the Delhi Daredevils’ opening gear even though he is an opener. Sanju Samson has proved himself worthy of being a good opener and Daredevils should keep this mind to send Pant to open alongside Sam Billings as the left and right-hand combination could strangle the opposition bowlers only to leave them clueless in the powerplay overs.

As far as Mumbai Indians franchise is concerned, the skipper Rohit Sharma could have opened the innings but he felt that youngsters are the future prospects. The find of their team is Nitish Rana who showed a leap of faith to his batting technique after assimilating the craft of stroke-making skills with former Australian great Ricky Ponting.

It is a well-known fact that India haven’t produced top-notch bowlers to bolster the attack. Though T Natarajan got an opportunity to play just two games he was not picked for the rest of the games, as they say, one can’t judge a player’s ability in a short stint.

Though Basil Thampi floundered to prove himself in the starting couple of games, Gujarat Lions still trusted him and gave chances. Interestingly, he put on a good fighting spirit to earn his spot in the team and likewise other teams should also give chances to the youngsters.

Written by Chaithanya G

A die-hard Arsenal fan and a foodie who likes to deliver some crunch in scripting articles on Cricket.

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