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5 KPL players who could make their debut in the IPL next year

Rajdeep Puri
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The Karnataka Premier League 2017 came to a conclusion on 23 September with the Belagavi Panthers coming out on top against the Bijapur Bulls in a one-sided final in Hubli.

Over the years, the tournament has produced a host of superstars who have all gone on to make it big. Shivil Kaushik was one of the finds of the tournament back in 2015 went on to play for the Gujarat Lions in the 2016 edition of the IPL.

A lot of cricketers have used the KPL as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. The 2017 edition too saw a lot of cricketers who have exceeded expectations and had a lot of heads turning their way.

In this article, we take a look at 5 such cricketers who could make an IPL debut next year.

Abhishek Bhat

The only positive to come out of the Bengaluru Blasters' campaign was the 27 year old Abhishek Bhat.

In a team which consisted of players who performed poorly throughout the season, Bhat consistently performed well to give the side some hope. Unfortunately, his efforts went in vain as the Blasters failed to register a single win throughout the tournament.

Bhat, on the other hand, ended up as the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament. If the Blasters qualified for the semifinals, he could have gone on to win the Purple cap as well.

Overall, he picked up 11 wickets in six matches at an average of 13.45 and an economy rate of 6.72. He plays for Saurashtra in the domestic circuit but has played only nine matches so far.

He could be the perfect fit for any side looking for an effective spinner for a cheap price.

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