5 players who had a scintillating start to their IPL careers
These players took the tournament to a different level through their memorable debut performances
The euphoria surrounding an Indian Premier League game is just unparalleled and it never fails to fascinate the fans. Be it a high-scoring humdinger or a low-scoring thriller, each match has its own twists and turns that keeps the fans at their seat's edge.
Most of the matches are played in front of the packed stadiums, which offers a festive mood throughout the game. Over the last decade, almost all the big names of world cricket have played under the banner of an IPL franchise.
These players have lit up the tournament with their exemplary performances and made a mark for themselves in the grandest T20 stage of all. A few of them have gone on to dominate from their very first game in the league, putting up an excellent show in their debut for the respective franchises.
Let us now look at five of those unforgettable debuts in the history of the most competitive cricket league in the world-the IPL:
#1 Jasprit Bumrah vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
April 4, 2013
Jasprit Bumrah made his IPL debut as a nineteen-year-old for the Mumbai Indians against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru. His slingy action made life difficult for the RCB batsmen, as they were unable to read his deliveries.
His first IPL victim was Virat Kohli, a prized wicket indeed and then followed it up with the wickets of Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair. Bumrah eventually finished with the figures of 3/32 in his four overs, helping Mumbai restrict the Royal challengers to a modest total of 156-5.
The Mumbai Indians were looking good for most parts of the chase, but eventually fell short by just two runs. A heartbreak for debutant Bumrah, nevertheless he had an impressive debut with the ball claiming the all-important wicket of Virat Kohli as his first IPL wicket.