The game is on, the battlegrounds are set, the gigantic beams are hoarded, and fleets are ready for the heated battle on the Arab soil as the current season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to begin in three days from now -September 19 in not less than the style that is typical for the lavish and most popular cricket leagues in the world amid the global outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
The current season would be hosted by the United Arab Emirates and it would be the first time that the fullest season of the IPL would be hosted by the Arab country, which neither had popularity in cricket nor had hosted such a large-scale league. As the commencement nears, all eyes are on the teams and top players and while some of the top players occupied the spotlight, the current season has been packed with potential and talented young players who would steal the show and be a gamechanger.
The IPL has always been a pool of senior players and debutants, who would later emerge to be a successful player for their national teams and would become a trendsetter. While most of the cricketing fans are eyeing for their favorite players on the ground after several months, the following players would amaze them through their plays and could steal the spotlight.
1) Ruturaj Gaikwad - Chennai Super Kings:
A native of Maharashtra, Gaikwad would be making the debut in the IPL through this current season and he has been one of the youngest lieutenants in Dhoni's army. The 23-year-old right-handed batsman may miss some of the initial matches and he would largely become a significant pick and he would likely be Dhoni's choice for the top order in the absence of Suresh Raina. Gaikwad had an unwelcoming reception in Dubai after he was one among the players who tested positive for the COVID-19 viral infection.
Ruturaj had a remarkable domestic season after becoming the second-highest run scorer in the 2019 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy and he had scored 419 runs in eleven games. Being called as a 'sharp cricket mind' by Dhoni, Ruturaj was bought by the CSK in 2019 at Rs 20 lakhs.
2) Yashasvi Jaiswal - Rajasthan Royals:
The 18-year-old cricketer has been one of the notable faces in the current IPL season and he was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 2.4 crore, which has thrown light on him in being a major acquisition. Known for his outstanding batting abilities, Jaiswal had gained the spotlight after he was named as the Man of the Tournament in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in January-February 2020 in South Africa. He scored 400 runs in six matches and he shined throughout the career through his spectacular sport.
Jaiswal is also the youngest player to score a List A double hundred as he smashed 203 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and he would likely be opening the batting innings for Rajasthan Royals in the absence of Ajinkya Rahane.
3) Sai Kishore- Chennai Super Kings:
Along with Ruturaj, Chennai Super Kings presents another significant player Sai Kishore to the cricketing world through the IPL season. As the young left-arm spinner, Sai Kishore would be having a potential breakthrough in his career and he had played excellently in the domestic seasons in 2019- 20 along with decent play in the Tamil Nadu Premier League, Ranji, Vijay Hazare trophy, and Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy.
4) Ravi Bishnoi - Kings XI Punjab:
While Jaiswal shined in the batting in the ICC T20 world cup, Ravi Bishnoi did magic with his ball in the same season. His attack through leg-spin and googlies had reminded the opponents to have better batting techniques. Another must-watch player from India, Bishnoi would be making his debut in the IPL through the current season and Punjab had bought him for Rs 2 crore in 2019.
This 20-year-old bowler had taken 17 wickets in six matches at an average of just over 10 during the T20 world cup. He has been one of the major acquisitions for Punjab, which eyes to unleash its attack against the opponents through one of the best bowling line ups.
5) Virat Singh- Sunrisers Hyderabad:
For the RCB fans, Hyderabad had got to say that they too had a Virat who would be as dangerous as theirs. Virat Singh had proved his ability and why he would be having a better career through his smashing play in the 2019-20 Vijay Hazare Trophy, thanks to Vijay Hazare Trophy that had introduced many game-changers in this IPL.
While playing for the trophy, Virat Singh had scored 335 runs in seven games for Jharkhand and he also had scored 342 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy and along with him, the Sunrisers would be having one of the most dangerous top orders in the season.
6) Devdutt Padikkal - Royal Challengers Bangalore:
A native boy of Karnataka, this 20-years-old cricketer eyes for a breakthrough this season. Being the highest run-scorer for Karnataka in both the Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy, Padikkal has been someone Kohli has been looking for. Though he was part of the team in last year's IPL, he was not in the playing XI squad, and following his achievement for the domestic team, he has been hoping for a permanent place in the playing squad and he would be playing for his home state at the international stage.
7) Harshal Patel- Delhi Capitals:
Being one of the potential all-rounders for the capitals, Harshal Patel has been in the fleet of Delhi looking for the right battlefield. Though he carries enough IPL experience with him, he is hoping to unleash his capabilities during the current season to reserve a permanent berth in the squad. He is a seamer and through the domestic season, he had enhanced his battling skills and he is preparing for the crucial season.
8) Suryakumar Yadav - Mumbai Indians:
30-year-old Suryakumar Yadav has been one of the well-worthy players for the Mumbai Indians and in the 2018 IPL season, he scored 512 runs while in 2019, he scored 400 runs, proving himself that he was not the one to keep in the option. Being one of the boosters for the batting fleet of Rohit Sharma's army, Yadav is hoping to unleash a smashing play that would help the team in retaining its title and would give him a ticket to enter the squad of Men in Blue at the national level.
9) Ali Khan - Kolkata Knight Riders:
Ali Khan would become the first player from the United States of America to play in the IPL and previously, he played for the Trinbago Knight Riders squad which won its fourth title of Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The induction of the 29-year-old right-arm fast bowler would be a major acquisition by the Knight Riders and Ali Khan is preparing to make his acquisition worth for him and the team.