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IPL 2018: 5 uncapped players who could use this season as a launch pad to play for India

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2nd Momentum ODI: South Africa v India
Yuzvendra Chahal has been one of IPL's many beneficiaries

IPL has provided youngsters with opportunities to make a name for themselves. Players like Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya have used IPL as a platform to make a name for themselves. They have also gone on to play for India due to good performances in the IPL.

IPL is followed by cricket enthusiasts all over the world. Players from 13 countries have been part of IPL squads. Foreigners like Rashid Khan and Shaun Marsh have become popular due to IPL.

Here's a look at five players who could play for India due to good performances in the IPL this year.

#5 Shubman Gill

England U19's v India U19's - 5th ODI
Shubman Gill was one of the stars from India's victorious U-19 World Cup campaign

Shubman Gill is an 18-year-old who burst on to the scene during the U-19 World Cup in 2018 at New Zealand.

Gill is an aggressive batsman who always maintains a good strike rate. He was a vital cog in the team which won the U19 world cup in 2018. While he prefers to open, Gill can play in the middle order as well.

Although his List A strike rate of 85 isn't eye-catching, his strike rate in the youth ODIs is phenomenal.

He scored 372 runs at a strike rate of 112 in the U-19 world cup at New Zealand.

He was bought by KKR for Rs.1.8 Crores and has already drawn comparisons with Virat Kohli.

As Ajinkya Rahane is yet to cement his spot at No. 4 in the 50-over format, a good IPL season with the bat could bring Gill into contention for a place in India's middle or lower middle order.

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