Youngest Players in IPL 2020
The Indian Premier League is not only about the gathering of the biggest names in world of cricket for a month and a half of action-packed, nerve-wracking cricket. It is also about a golden opportunity to many young talents, to get the attention of millions of people and become a household name in the blink of an eye.
IPL has given the Indian team many talented cricketers over the years. The 2020 edition of the IPL is also all set to feature some of the hottest young talents of the nation. The franchises have shown faith in them, and now it is up to the cricketers to repay. Let us have a look at 5 youngest players in IPL 2020:
List of 5 Youngest IPL Debutante
#1 Akash Singh – Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals are known for their knack of trusting young players. From the Ravindra Jadejas to the Kamran Khans, many youngsters have excelled in their careers because of the spotlight they got while being at Rajasthan Royals. The RR team management shocked everyone in the auction for the 2020 edition of IPL, by investing heavily in youth.
They will feature thrice on the list of 5 youngest players in IPL 2020, and the first name is of Akash Singh. The left-arm medium pacer from Bharatpur, Rajasthan is the only player to feature in IPL 2020 who is still not an adult. Singh has impressed in India U19 colours in their last series against South Africa A. Earlier this year, he was on the money against the U19 sides of Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
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#2 Yashasvi Jaiswal – Rajasthan Royals
In RR’s second mention on the list of 5 youngest players in IPL 2020, we will talk about a player so tender in age, yet so popular amongst the cricket fanatics. Just 18 years of age, Yashasvi Jaiswal is already a known face in the Indian cricketing circuit, and is also an important member of the India U19 side in the upcoming ICC U19 World Cup. Jaiswal became the youngest player to hit a double century in List A cricket, when he scored 203 runs from just 154 deliveries against Jharkhand.
Interest was hence high in Jaiswal at the auction, and Royals had to shell out INR 2.4 crores for the all-rounder. Jaiswal has been extremely impressive in the few List A games he has played so far. In just 13 games, Jaiswal has scored 779 runs at an astonishing average of 70 runs.
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#3 Riyan Parag – Rajasthan Royals
While Riyan Parag wears Royals’ pink shirt just like Jaiswal and Singh, he is already ahead of them. Parag was signed by Royals last year, and hardly anyone expected him to feature in the playing XI. But with experienced campaigners failing to perform, the youngster from Assam got his chance, and Parag knew he cannot afford to let the chance go begging.
He grabbed the chance with both hands, and made himself a mainstay in the Rajasthan Royals team. In the 7 matches he played last year, Parag scored 160 runs at a healthy average of 32. He also maintained a healthy strike rate of over 125. Parag is a handy all-rounder, and chipped in with his bowling skills as well.
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#4 Mujeeb Ur Rahman – Kings XI Punjab
The fourth name on the list of 5 youngest players in IPL 2020 is also an experienced IPL campaigner like Riyan Parag. But unlike Parag, Mujeeb Ur Rahman has already earned his national cap, and is one Afghanistan’s most important players. The Afghan spin sensation was roped in by Kings XI Punjab in 2018. In his very first year, he made it clear that Punjab didn’t throw their money down the drain when they invested in him.
In 11 matches, Rahman picked up 14 wickets. But what’s more impressive is the fact that he kept an economy rate of under 7 runs per over, which is extremely rare in the shortest format of the game. Though Rahman had a poor 2019 season, he would be eager to get back to his usual rhythm next year.
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#5 Priyam Garg – Sunrisers Hyderabad
While Yashasvi Jaiswal is perhaps India’s trump card in the upcoming ICC U19 World Cup, the team will be lead by Priyam Garg. The teenage batting sensation from Uttar Pradesh earned a Sunrisers Hyderabad contract at the auction for the 2020 edition of IPL. Garg is fairly experienced in the domestic circuit.
He has already played 19 List A games, where he amassed 707 runs at an average of almost 50. In the 11 T20 matches he has featured in so far, Garg has scored 227 runs at a strike rate of over 130. If given a chance, Garg can be instrumental for the Orange Army.