IPL 2021’s Next Big Things: Meet the Unknowns Who Could Become Stars
Here are some newcomers to the Indian Premier League in 2021, from Singapore all-rounder Tim David to New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips to Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga.
A few are naturals, while others come from remote cricketing regions. Finally, we take a look at some of the rookies in IPL-13 who have the potential to shine.
Coming from the Lion City
Tim David (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
the island nation of Singapore
25 years old
Role to be played: All-arounder
His T20 career has taken an interesting detour, but he’s now a sought-after T20 franchise property. After been rejected time and time again by his own Western Australia, David decided to represent his nation of origin, Singapore. His big-hitting ability made him an instant sensation, and the Big Bash League’s scouts were quick to notice. As a result, David was signed by the Perth Scorchers even before appearing in a single first-class or List A game. Several more high-profile franchises signed hefty agreements in the wake of the Royal Challengers Bangalore deal: Lahore Qalandars, St. Lucia Kings, Hobart Hurricanes, and the Southern Brave (the Hundred winners). He also negotiated a one-year contract with the English county of Surrey.
He exemplifies all the qualities required by the brevity of the format: The ability to tee off quickly, maintain momentum (which he accomplishes with thundering punches to the ground), and have a powerful and accurate throwing arm are all assets. For example, in the Hundred final, David had an impact on Liam Livingstone’s game-changing run-out. In 61 games, he has a 154 percent T20 strike rate and an average score of 36. Thus he hits well and scores often.
Getting a lot of attention
Liam Livingstone plays for the Rajasthan Royals.
28 years of age
Batting all-rounder is my Role.
A versatile bowler who could bowl both legs- and off-breaks, depending on which batter was facing the ball, Livingstone has become a highly sought after franchise cricket player. At 21, he initially made news when he scored 350 off 138 balls (34 fours and 27 sixes) in a club match, only days after dropping out of university due to his cricket obsession. It was an easy ride from there, with him earning his England debut last year despite the country’s abundance of all-around talent in shorter forms.
Livingstone’s factual, no-nonsense knowledge sways many stalwarts. Andy Flower believes he’s the best cricket ball hitter he’s ever seen. His Lancashire colleague James Anderson describes him as a fearsome batter. He showed his ability to smash spin by hitting back-to-back hundreds during a Lions trip to Sri Lanka two years ago, making him even more valuable in the UAE.
Being from a cricketing backwater like Cumbria, without the benefit of formal education and using a sloppy technique, Livingstone had been told by numerous trainers that he would never play any competitive cricket. But he continued striking and finally proved them incorrect.
a fast and furious person
Country: England Age: 24 Player: George Garton (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Bowling all-rounder is the Role played by the player.
With his arms in a whirl and his body nearly touching the ground in the physical intensity of the motion, a freeze-frame of his follow-through recalls that of South Africa’s left-arm wrist spinner Paul Adams. In any case, Garton is not a spinner since he regularly clocks over 90mph with an explosive jump from a short run-up. He was expected to play Test cricket and was selected as a back-up for the Ashes series in 2017-18, but he pulled a muscle pulling his cricket gear off the airport carousel. As a result, he missed out on two years of development, but he returned, reenergized and focused on a career in franchise cricket.
The T10 league attracted Garton, who became the league’s leading wicket-taker in short order. He also entered the Hundred, where he was unstoppable, helping Southern Brave win his ten wickets.
When it comes to seaming back to a right-hander, he still has the pace and unique ability to seam the ball back. However, the Sussex batsman has added additional tools to his arsenal, including slow bouncers and cutters, which have become T20 staples. But it’s the speed that excites him, and it’s the speed that might be his USP in the UAE, which has no trains.
having to work one’s way up from the bottom
Nathan Ellis (Punjab Kings)
Australia is the location of this paragraph.
26 years old
Playing a part as a fast-pitch bowler
He makes excellent first impressions like a Tasmanian seamer. He had a six-for on his debut in the Sheffield Shield, a five-for in the Marsh Cup, and a hat-trick in Australia’s maiden T20 International against Bangladesh.
On the other hand, Ellis had to put in a lot of effort to get to where he is now. When it came to domestic cricket, he believed that his lack of thunderous speed was holding him back and that his height (five-foot-eleven) did as well (or did not). He even contemplated giving up cricket and working as a full-time accountant (he has a degree in commerce). Even though it was tough to make ends meet with part-time work as a labourer in Hobart, a furniture removalist, and later as a teacher’s assistant in a school for boys with learning problems, he continued to play cricket.
When Tasmania coach Adam Griffith saw him playing in a club game, he immediately asked him to try out for the team. Ellis’ flexible wrists and ability to stroke the Kookaburra ball on Australia’s challenging, dead tracks intrigued him. This helped him get rid of his insecurities about his speed and height, and he started his true cricket adventure. He also introduced an accurate yorker and a deceptively slow back of the handball.
Idiom of the New Zealander
Glenn Phillips (Rajasthan Royals)
New Zealand is the location of this article.
I’m 24 years old.
Wicketkeeper-batsman is my role.
The cricketer himself, Daniel Vettori, describes him as such. A post-modern stroke-maker, a skilled gloveman, an acrobatic slip-fielder, and an effective off-spinner who could bowl flat and skid the ball off the surface, both his franchise and nation will seek to harness in the coming months in the UAE. First, however, the focus will be on Phillips’ batting ability. He’s a spring of runs in the desert. He smashed an undefeated 80 from 39 balls in a Caribbean Premier League encounter, smashing nine sixes (plus two fours). In T20 cricket, he has a strike rate of 144 and hits every fifth ball for a six or four.
Now that Jos Buttler will not be available for this match, Phillips will have a greater chance to burnish his six-hitting resume. He, on the other hand, wants to leave a lasting impression. So when it comes to replacing Jos’ shoes, it’s more like I’m filling my shoes and want to leave my legacy than it is to be a replacement since the team invited me in to perform whatever position they need me to play. And flipping his arm over will be a component of leaving a lasting impression.
Wanindu Hasaranga is the representative of Sri Lanka (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Sri Lanka is the location of this store.
I’m 24 years old.
Taking on the Role of All-around spinner
When Hasaranga was younger, he aspired to be as quick with the ball as his hero, Muttiah Muralitharan. On the other hand, his choice of leg-spin led to his current status as an exponent of the shorter format. Leg-spinner in the Rashid Khan mould, with flatness, control, skid, and variations, confusing and irritating batters with changes in angle, speed, and release locations. The strategies are paying off, as he is now ranked second only to Tabraiz Shamsi in the ICC T20 bowling rankings. Hasaranga, like Rashid, can start the bowling, pressure the batsmen in the middle overs, and suffocate them in the death overs. So it’s puzzling that he wasn’t picked up in the auction, given his T20 economy rate of 6.39 and an average score of 15. The team noticed him only after his three-wicket haul against India in July; there seemed to be a four-way bidding war to get his services.
His usefulness is growing, and he’s become Sri Lanka’s go-to man with both bat and ball in the absence of Thisara Perera. “Finishers are the ones with lengthy careers, and I want to be one of them,” he says wisely. There’s no better time than the next two months to accomplish it.
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