With just a month let for the IPL to begin, teams have already begun preparations in full force. The cricket extravaganza is not only known for its contribution to Indian cricket in terms of upcoming talents but also for giving foreign upcoming stars a launch-pad.
Various talented cricketers have been able to play for their country internationally after impressing in the IPL. In India, the prime examples of this are of pacer Jasprit Bumrah and leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Here’s taking a look at some of the most exciting newcomers in the 2019 season of the IPL.
Shimron Hetmyer (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
The hard-hitting batsman from the Caribbean already made a name for himself in 2018, when he became the youngest cricketer to score a century in the Caribbean Premier League. Moreover, he was the top scorer for West Indies in their tour of India, with 259 runs in 5 innings, averaging at 51.80 with a strike rate of 140.
Bought by RCB for INR 4.2 crore, Hetmyer is sure to add on to the star power of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in IPL 2019.
Sam Curran (Kings XI Punjab)
The English star was first noticed on an international platform during the Test series against India in 2018. He scored 272 runs in 4 matches at an average of 38.85, and also picked up 11 wickets at a rate of 23.54. The younger Curran brother is a lethal all-rounder, scoring crucial runs as a left-handed batsman and can be a dangerous seamer as well.
Curran was bought by KXIP for a whopping 7.2 crores, making him the highest bought cricketer in the franchise.
Shivam Dube (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Dube is a pace bowling all-rounder- a combination considered rare in India. However, in addition, he also stands tall at 6 feet, which makes him capable of bowling at great speeds, easily touching the 130-mark. On the eve of the IPL auction, Dube hit five sixes off five deliveries for Mumbai in a Ranji Trophy match against Baroda, prompting RCB to pick him up for a large sum of INR 5 crore for IPL 2019.
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Prayas Ray Burman (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
The 16-year old leg spinner from Bengal has already started making waves. Making his debut in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Barman picked up 4 wickets for 20 runs against Jammu and Kashmir in September 2018. This one match as enough to propel him to the big leagues, which ultimately resulted in RCB buying him for INR 1.5 crore. With the guidance of Indian captain Virat Kohli and lead bowler Yuzvendra Chahal, the IPL will surely be a huge boost for the youngster.
Prabhsimran Singh (Kings XI Punjab)
The wicketkeeper-batsman rose to the spotlight after hitting 65* off 37 balls in the finals of the U-19 Asia Cup last year. As a temporary captain for the team, he left no stone unturned to ensure his side clinched the coveted cup. Sold for INR 4.8 crore, Singh has a great chance to impress the management in the upcoming IPL.