The Indian Premier League has been an exciting testing ground for new talent and several front-ranking players were first seen showing their mettle in one or the other season of the tournament. IPL 4 is no different.
The most exciting thing, in fact in the one week of T20 cricket so far has been the discovery of new talent. Here is a look at the ones who started the tournament as unknowns and are already shining.
As the tournament progresses, we'll keep bringing you the players who get their moment in the sun with some great cricket.
This little known cricketer became an overnight sensation after he slammed the first century of the IPL 4 to pull off one of the biggest upsets in the T20 tournament. Playing for the Rajasthan Royals till last year, Valthaty became a Kings XI Punjab player this year. Against the match against defending champions Chennai Super Kings, he scored an unbeaten 120 runs off just 63 balls. Chasing a mammoth total of 188 runs, Valthaty opened the innings and caught everyone's imagination with his whirlwind knock that had 19 fours and 2 sixes.
The Karnataka batsman has been the best act in a wobbly Deccan Chargers batting. He starred with a 61 off 35 balls, with 5 fours and 3 sixes against the mighty Royal Challengers Bangalore, taking his side to a fantastic total of 175. But, this wasn't his first good showing with the bat in IPL 4 as he top-scored for his side, with 48 off 40 against the Kolkata Knight Riders as well.
Playing for the Mumbai Indians since 2010, this Andhra batsman's talent was never a secret but he made sure he underlined it once again for the world to see it. In the match against Royal Challengers, he joined Sachin Tendulkar for a match-winning partnership of 110 runs. His unbeaten knock of 62 runs compelled batting legend Sachin Tendulkar to share his Man of the Match award with the youngster.
Till year 2010, he was known as K Srikkanth's son. Come 2011 and he moves out of his father's huge shadow to carve a niche for himself. In the tournament opener against the Kolkata Knight Riders, Anirudha scored 64 off 55 balls to take Chennai's total to a respectable 153 runs. KKR choked toward the end and fell short of victory by 2 runs. When asked how different was he from his father, pat came a tongue-in-cheek reply - "Not exactly like my dad ... I thought I played with little more sense in the middle."
This Mumbai all-rounder was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders this season and so far he has not disappointed. In the first match against Chennai, he picked one of the four wickets. In the second match against the Deccan Chargers he came good with the ball and picked three wickets. Though South African veteran, Jacques Kallis, walked away with the Man of the Match award, Abdulla's performance was not one to be ignored.
This Vidarbha pacer ensured he was noticed from the world 'GO' in the IPL 4. Failing to do much for the Rajasthan Royals last year, Wagh returned this year a better cricketer. Playing for a new IPL team, Pune Warriors, Wagh picked three crucial wickets to shoot down the Kings XI Punjab for a paltry 112 runs. For his spell of 3-0-16-3, Wagh was adjudged the Man of the Match.
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|8||kochi tuskers kerala||14||6||8||12|
|9||pune warriors india||14||4||9||9|
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