IPL 2018: 5 teen sensations to look out for
The Indian Premier League serves as a gateway to the national cricket team as much as the Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare or Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy does. Each year, the tournament produces a stellar performer who gets noticed by the national selectors, just like the story of young Tamil Nadu pacer Washington Sundar, whose good performances in the IPL (apart from in the TNPL) earned him his international call-up recently.
Similar stories can be told of Basil Thampi, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer and the others. Here we list down five teen sensations who can exceed expectations in the forthcoming season of the cash-rich tournament, beginning on April 7 at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.
#1 Prithvi Shaw
Before the U19 World Cup 2018, which India won, 18-year-old batsman Prithvi Shaw was moderately well-known among cricket lovers. But after leading India to the World Cup title in New Zealand, the Mumbai-born youngster has become a household name.
Shaw came into the limelight after he, at the age of 14, scored an outstanding 546 runs off 330 balls at a school match against St Francis D'Assisi in Mumbai. Shaw has hit five centuries and three fifties in nine first-class games and is often touted as India’s next Sachin Tendulkar.
In what will be his first IPL, Shaw was snapped for 1.2 crore by Delhi Daredevils. Watch out for some elegant strokeplay by the opening batsman.