IPL continues to grow manifold. There is a lot of emphasis on scouting and then grooming young talent and making them into the next superstar. Teams are looking to cover the squad on an all basis leaving no stone unturned. 7 out of the total 12 franchises have filled the squad with a maximum number of players available (25). In the recent IPL auction, a total of 51 Indian players were bought by various franchises. Out of the 51 players, 41 players were uncapped Indian players with 5 of them receiving a contract of over 1 crore. In this blog, we will look at the top 8 uncapped players to look out for in the upcoming IPL season.
Few uncapped players to look forward to this season
N Jagdeesasn has been rewarded for his consistency in putting hard yards in domestic cricket for Tamil Nadu. The Wicketkeeper-batsman was a part of the CSK franchise from 2018 to 2022. In the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 auction in Kochi, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) purchased Tamil Nadu batter, Narayan Jagadeesan, for INR 90 lakh.
The Sri Lankan superstar Kumar Sangakkara was eclipsed by Narayan Jagadeesan last month to hold the record for the most straight hundreds in List A cricket history. The batsman reached this milestone while playing for his team against Arunachal Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, India’s premier domestic 50-over cricket tournament.
He reached his fifth consecutive hundred in the competition during the game. In the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he also holds the record for the most consecutive tonnes in a single season, surpassing players like Virat Kohli, Prithvi Shaw, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Devdutt Padikkal, who have each scored four centuries. With form on his side, N Jagdeesan would be keen to donn the purple jersey and keep scoring runs.
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Samarth Vyas is a talented hard-hitting batter from Saurashtra who plays in the top order. He was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad this season. The batter impressed everyone with consecutive 90-plus scores in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022. Vyas has scored 314 runs in the tournament at a staggering strike rate of 177.40 with 22 maximums- The record number of sixes in the tournament.
Samarth later scored a double hundred against Manipur and was pivotal in Saurashtra’s successful trophy run. Although he has not bowled much, he is pretty handy with the ball.
Bengal pacer Mukesh Kumar was acquired by Delhi Capitals for Rs 5.5 crore. Mukesh had bid a base price of Rs 20 lakh to enter the auction. DC joined CSK in placing the first bid after CSK. As soon as PBKS entered the competition, Mukesh’s price swiftly surpassed Rs 1 crore. CSK finally withdrew, but DC pushed, and Mukesh was eventually signed.
Mukesh received his first call-up from India for ODIs against South Africa in October.-- Advertisement --
Mukesh has recently enjoyed success and given outstanding performances in the Irani Trophy. His efforts led to him making his debut for the Indian One-Day International team in a three-match series against South Africa. Mukesh’s late cab driver father served as an inspiration for him to pursue a career in cricket.
For a couple of years, Jammu and Kashmir have unearthed natural and exciting talent in the IPL. Another such addition is Vivrant Sharma. Vivrant is an attacking left-handed batter who plays for Jammu and Kashmir in domestic cricket. The 23-year-old youngster scored 2 fifties in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022 at a breathtaking strike rate of 145.45. He was the second leading run scorer for J&K in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with 395 runs at an average of 56.42. Vivrant was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in this IPL auction.
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Avinash Singh is a fast bowler who hails from Jammu and Kashmir. Singh, who began playing tennis ball cricket at the beginning of this year, is the son of an auto driver. After failing his most recent effort to pass the Indian Army test last year, Singh was on his way to Canada to find alternative ways of income. He won over everyone during the tryouts in Bangalore and has been on the Bangalore-based side’s radar for some time.
Avinash, like Umran Malik, is capable of bowling quickly and might soon reach the 150 kph level. He was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for 60 Lakhs. While the young man’s fortunes have altered dramatically as a result of the fantastic IPL 2023 auction, it will be interesting to observe how the club makes use of his skills in the following season.
The tall seamer from Karnataka just made his debut for Karnataka in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022-23. The fast bowler finished as the second-highest wicket-taker of the tournament. He picked up 18 wickets giving runs miserly at an economy of 6.36. Kaverappa also demonstrated skill in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In eight games, the right-arm seamer took 17 wickets. Vidwath was bought by Punjab Kings in the auction for 20 Lakhs.
Sanvir is a fast-bowling all-rounder who plays for Punjab in domestic cricket. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Sanvir, batting in the lower order, amassed 119 runs in five innings with a commendable strike rate of 205.17 (highest for any batter, minimum 100 runs). Sanvir didn’t bowl often for the team in T20s, but in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the right-arm seamer took seven wickets. Additionally, the 26-year-old ran for 156 runs, including an undefeated 84, a career-high. His finishing role with the bat and an early swing with the ball makes him potent. If groomed properly, the Punjab lad can be the next big thing in Indian Cricket. He was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 20 Lakhs.
IPL comes up with some inspiring stories and the story of Upendra is one of them. Upendra was a junior clerk in the engineering department of North Eastern Railway’s Lucknow Division. He hails from Uttar Pradesh and also keeps wickets for the State. Upendra is a hard-hitting wicketkeeper batter who can smash the ball hard. Mumbai Indians bid for the 26-year-old for 20 lakhs but were eventually bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for 25 lakhs.