Uncapped heroes of IPL 2023

Some young Indian players have taken promising steps towards stardom and a possible India berth this season.
TOI takes a look…
Yashasvi Jaiswal (RR): M-14; Runs: 625; Hs: 124; Avg:48. 07; 100-1; 50s-5; SR: 163.61
Played with panache and power and overshadowed established stars like Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson. His 124 vs MI at Wankhede was a knock for the ages. A serious all-format batter who has added muscle to his body and reputation.
Rinku Singh (KKR): M-14; Runs: 474; Hs: 67*; Avg: 59. 25; 100-0; 50s-4; SR: 149.52
Want a miracle, dial Rinku. Engineered outrageous heists, none better than at Motera vs Titans, where he hit Yash Dayal for five sixes in the final over.
Prabhsimran Singh (PBKS): M-14; Runs358; Hs: 103; Avg: 25. 57; 100-1; 50-1; SR: 150.42
Top-order batter. Can keep wickets and whack it too. His century vs Delhi Capitals was a quality knock. No other batter went past 20 on a dodgy Kotla wicket.
Sai Sudarshan (GT): M-6; Runs: 223; Hs: 62*; Avg: 44. 60; 50s-2; SR: 125.28
A rare Indian youngster who seems untroubled by pace. A modern player who can score all round the ground. Took advantage of Kane Williamson’s unfortunate injury and did well at No. 3.
Jitesh Sharma: (PBKS): M-14; Runs: 309; Hs: 49; Avg: 23. 76; SR: 156.06
Can keep wickets neatly, can tonk the ball into orbit and bat at a strike-rate of 150-plus while batting in the middle order, which is the toughest assignment for a T20 cricketer. Sehwag, Kumble, Shastri all want him in the Indian team ASAP.
Ayush Badoni (LSG): M-11; Runs: 237; Hs: 59*; Avg: 26. 33; SR: 143.63
Perfect case of talent marrying temperament. For proof, watch his 59 not out on a wicket that turned square in Lucknow vs CSK.
Nehal Wadhera (MI): M-8; Runs: 214; Hs: 64; Avg: 30. 57; 50s-2; SR: 141.72
Talented left-hander who packs a punch. Hadn’t played T20 cricket before this IPL, but an injury to Tilak Varma gave the Punjab left-hander a chance. He impressed against the big boys. Vs GT, he hit a 21-ball 40, vs CSK a 51-ball 64 and vs RCB a 34-ball 52.
Tilak Varma (MI): M-9; Runs-274; Hs: 84*; Avg: 45. 67; SR: 158.38
Can play gangsta, can play Gavaskar as he showed last season. This season injury and illness have seen him miss five games. But he is an all-format potential superstar. His 84 not out vs RCB in Bengaluru in a floundering batting effort highlighted his potential.
Rahul Tewatia (GT): M-9; Runs-84; Hs: 20*; Avg: 28; SR: 161.53
The six-hitting ice man and the finisher. This season he has got limited opportunities to bat, but the times he has got in, he has made an impact. Nearly won the game for GT vs DC from a hopeless situation by hitting Nortje for three sixes.
Tushar Deshpande (CSK) : M-14; Wkts: 20; Avg: 23. 25; Best: 3/45; SR: 14. 65; ER: 9.52
The Mumbai seamer has blossomed under Dhoni’s captaincy. Has been hit for runs but has shown steely temperament to bounce back and provide key breakthroughs. Bowled one of the deliveries of the tournament to dismiss Rohit Sharma at Wankhede.
Akash Madhwal: (MI): M-6; Wkts-8; Avg: 20. 25; Best: 4/37; SR: 13. 50; ER: 9.00
Bowls a good yorker (ask Harry Brook) and can also bowl hard lengths. A calm head on his shoulders is the Uttarakhand seamer’s greatest asset. An Indian bowler bowling well in the death who is not named Bumrah is a rarity. Madhwal is.
Suyash Sharma (KKR): M-11; Wkts-10; Avg: 32. 10; Best: 3/30; SR: 23. 40; ER: 8.23
One of the bright sparks for KKR in what was a difficult campaign for them. Bowls a great googly and can turn the legspinner sharply. Interning at the university of hard knocks have added layers of steel to him, hence doesn’t bowl defensively when he gets hit.
Vaibhav Arora (KKR): M-5; Avg: 29. 20; Best: 2/30; SR: 19. 20; ER: 9.12
Wasn’t played enough to really judge his potential, but his spell vs LSG in the last league match at Eden showed what he can do. The delivery to Marcus Stoinis, a batsman who plays in Perth, showed that he can hustle players.

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