What do you do when Kohli, Rohit, Pant, Rahul, Bumrah, Jadeja, and many others are not available for selection for an ODI/T20 series? Well, for the Indian cricket team, this is just another chance to test that bench strength.
This is no ordinary bench! Many of the first-timers in the Indian squad have been regulars in their IPL teams.
Let’s take a look at these newcomers:
Super stylish! The lefty opener shot to fame in IPL 2020, scoring 473 runs in the tournament – more than Virat Kohli. Now that,s some way to announce your arrival.
The merry run continued in domestic cricket and IPL 2021, where he smashed his first IPL hundred.
CricStox journey: Padikkal,s stock peaked at 15.65 coins/stock on CricStox, a substantial rise over his listing price of 9 coins/stock.
The lone shining star in CSK,s IPL 2020 campaign sparkled even brighter in the first half of IPL 2021. The Maharashtra player did enough to impress India’s selectors with his textbook batting style and quick scoring ability.
CricStox journey: The technically sound opening batsman peaked at 13 coins/stock on CricStox, a rise of over 60% since his debut on the platform.
He’s got style too! Another one from the Delhi school of batting stars, Nitish Rana has been KKR’s Mr. Dependable for a few years now. Granted, he has had his moments of inconsistency from time to time, and that has delayed his India call-up. But Rana’s time has finally come after a good start to IPL 2021 and his Delhi heroics.
CricStox journey: Rana saw his CricStox price shoot up to 17.5 coins/stock since he was listed at 11 coins.
From becoming the highest-paid (9.25 Cr) uncapped IPL player to earning his first Indian cricket team call-up, Krishnappa Gowtham has had quite a year so far. Although he hasn’t gotten a game with CSK yet, the off-spinner’s power game with the bat is the X-factor in him. Will he get a game in the spin-heavy team? We’ll see! But Gowtham will be one to watch out for.
CricStox journey: Listed at 8 coins, Gowtham peaked at 18.75 coins/stock.
A left-arm pacer! Those words instantly catch the attention of an Indian cricket fan. But add street smart bowler to those words and it makes things more interesting. After his run in the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Sakariya landed a 1.2 Cr contract with Rajasthan Royals, where his performances earned many fans. From the blue of Rajasthan, he’ll now don the blue of India.
CricStox journey: Sakariya was listed at 8 coins and shot up to his highest price of 18 coins/stock.
Injuries have been his nemesis, but Chakravarthy will hope to be third time lucky on the SL tour. After missing the Australia and England tours, Chakravarthy is now expected to get decent game time on pitches he will enjoy.
CricStox journey: Chakravarthy’s price peaked at 11.65 coins/stock after being listed at 8.
With audition time running out for the T20 World Cup, now’s the time to shine!