IPL 2019: 6 upcoming players to watch out for
The 2019 Indian Premier League is almost here. With just over a month to go for the annual gala event of Indian cricket, most of the teams have started preparing with their respective training camps in full force.
Over time, the IPL has gained more importance for teams not just Indian, but also foreign. The T20 tournament has been able to provide a big stage to various talented cricketers who have made it count in international cricket by starring for their national sides later in their career. Some of the prime examples for the Indian cricket team are pacer Jasprit Bumrah and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
This year, at the auction, the eight franchises picked many exciting young cricketers who have the potential to light up IPL 2019 for their respective teams. In no particular order, let's look at the most exciting newcomers of this season.
#6 Shimron Hetmyer (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Shimron Hetmyer has already established a name for himself as a hard-hitting batsman from the Caribbean. In August 2018, he became the youngest batsman to score a century in the Caribbean Premier League, when he made 100 for Guyana Amazon Warriors against the Jamaica Tallawahs.
Hetmyer then came to light last year during Windies' tour of India where he was the top scorer for his side with 259 runs in 5 innings at an average of 51.80 and a strike rate of brilliant 140.
Bought for a hefty price of INR 4.2 crore by the Bangalore-based franchise, Hetmyer is set to add great value to RCB's star-studded line-up consisting of Indian captain Virat Kohli and former South African skipper AB De Villiers among other seasoned international cricketers.