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IPL 2020: Aakash Chopra picks 5 youngsters to watch out for

Shubman Gill is likely to open the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020
Shubman Gill is likely to open the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020
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Modified 18 Sep 2020, 12:31 IST
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Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has picked five Indian youngsters who are expected to shine in IPL 2020. He made these picks when asked to do so by a fan in a video shared on the reputed commentator's YouTube channel.

Aakash Chopra's first pick as a youngster likely to shine in the upcoming IPL was the Kolkata Knight Riders' opener Shubman Gill, but he made it a point to mention that the list is not in any particular order.

"Firstly I will pick Shubman Gill. He is the opener for KKR, this year I feel will be very special for him. One thing is he will get a lot of opportunities and he will make the best use of them."

The former KKR player went for Yashasvi Jaiswal as the second Indian youngster who could earn a name for himself in IPL 2020, and expressed hope that the Rajasthan Royals give him the opportunity to face the new ball.

"After him, I see Yashasvi Jaiswal. He is also a very good player. I expect this season will be good for him and hope that he will get the chance to open the batting for Rajasthan Royals. He is a swashbuckling left-hander and has a very good temperament."

The Indian Under-19 team's star leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi was Aakash Chopra's third pick as a youngster who could mesmerise the opposition with his tricks in the upcoming IPL. The latter added that the KXIP head coach Anil Kumble would be a great mentor for him.

"My third pick will be Ravi Bishnoi, who plays for Kings XI Punjab. There we will have Anil Kumble as well. He bowls leg-spin with a flatter trajectory and has a very good googly. He has to work a little on his leg spin but I feel Anil Kumble might have already done that with him."

Aakash Chopra's other two picks of youngsters to watch out for in IPL 2020

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Rahul Chahar is likely to be a key member of the Mumbai Indians spin attack in IPL 2020
Rahul Chahar is likely to be a key member of the Mumbai Indians spin attack in IPL 2020

Aakash Chopra's penultimate pick of an Indian youngster who is expected to shine in IPL 2020 was Rahul Chahar, with the Mumbai Indians likely to expect the leg-spinner to lead their slightly thin spin-bowling attack.

"Rahul Chahar, that's another leg-spinner. Mumbai Indians do not have too much spin-bowling depth. Because of that you want Rahul Chahar to actually come to the fore. The matches will be played on huge grounds, so the hope is that he will get chances and he will also do well."

Aakash Chopra went for Devdutt Padikkal as his final choice among the five Indian youngsters who are likely to show their prowess in the upcoming IPL. He observed that Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi and Sarfaraz Khan are some of the other players he could have gone for.

"Last but not the least, although there are many others like Nagarkoti, Mavi and Sarfaraz, I am going for Devdutt Padikkal. I want to see him, I don't know if RCB will play him or not but if they play him, he is a tall left-handed batsman and plays the big shots and his domestic season was very good."
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Devdutt Padikkal had an outstanding 2019-20 season for Karnataka, especially in the limited-overs formats. The left-handed opening batsman has scored 650 runs at an excellent average of 59.09 in List A cricket and 580 runs at an outstanding average of 64.44 in the T20s that he has played so far.

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Published 18 Sep 2020, 12:31 IST
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