Young guns and the spent generals
If cricket is unpredictable, T20 is an outright mystery when it comes to form. The now almost two weeks old IPL 4 has again thrown up youngsters who have proven their mettle when their experienced seniors have bowed out. We take a look:
If cricket is unpredictable, T20 is an outright mystery when it comes to form. With almost four rounds over in IPL 4, the tournament has again thrown up youngsters who have proven their mettle when their experienced seniors have bowed out. We take a look: (AFP Photos)
Paul Valthaty: This man has risen from nothing and has an average of over 100 after scoring 201 runs in 3 games. That he struck 120 off 63, the first century of IPL 4 and then came in the next match to take 4 wickets and score another half-century, has made him an overnight star.
Virender Sehwag: With a team full of inexperienced players, the Daredevils heavily rely on their skipper to take them to a win. It's no surprise then that the Delhi team is struggling and is languishing at the bottom as Sehwag is yet to fire.
Iqbal Abdulla: Stopped Murali Vijay early in the opening match and then brought home 3 wickets in the next match against the Deccan Chargers to help KKR win its first match of the tournament. The 21-year-old spinner from Mumbai has 88 wickets from 28 first class matches.
Irfan Pathan: He has leaked runs by the dozens, taken only 2 wickets and his bat has spent more time in his bag than in his gloves. Nothing about his performance till now has justified his stature as an all-rounder or his high auction price. Bought for: 8.4 cr (approx)
Bharat Chipli: The 28-year old has been fantastic in a wobbly Deccan Chargers side, top-scoring for the team in 2 games. A 40-ball 48 against KKR and a 35-ball 61 not out against RCB showcased his swashbuckling batting.
Adam Gilchrist: His opening match for his new side was disastrous with the bat. The second was not much to speak of either. In fact his knock of 61 against the Deccan Chargers has been the only solace for the Aussie till now. Bought for: Rs 4.08 cr
Shrikant Wagh: Struck terror in the Kings XI camp when he removed three key batsmen with arrogant ease and returned to take the man-of-the-match award in the first ever IPL match for the Pune Warriors. The 22-year-old plays for Vidharbha in the domestic circuit.
S Sreesanth: 6 overs in 2 games. Sreesanth's playing time itself gives an idea of how his campaign has been. Brought in to add the local flavour to the Kochi team, the Kerala pacer has warmed the bench more often after disastrous showings in the given opportunities. Bought for: Rs 4.08 cr
Srikkanth Anirudha: Son of national selector Kris Srikkanth, this opening bat for Chennai Super Kings hit a 55-ball 64 against Kolkata Knight Riders. That the 24-year-old already has seven 50s and a ton in first class cricket is just another detail.
RP Singh: One of the star performers for the title-winning Deccan Chargers, RP could hardly do much as he was taken for 29 runs in his 3 overs for Kochi, against RCB. He did strike back with 2 wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders but a total of 3 wickets in 5 games hardly justifies the man's talent. Bought for: Rs 2.26 cr
Siddharth Trivedi: Has proven his temperament for T20 in earlier editions of IPL as well but his haul of 3 key wickets for the Rajasthan Royals against the Deccan Chargers, augers well again for his side. The fast-bowler from Gujarat has 233 wickets from 65 first class matches as well.