The 10th edition of Indian Premier League will feature some of the most talented players from all around the world. The focus however will be on the uncapped Indian players who have been picked up by various franchisees, as this will be their chance to shine and make a claim for Indian team selection. We take a look at 5 uncapped players who will prove their worth to their teams if they are given opportunities to play the whole season.
Saurashtra player Sheldon Jackson was retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders before the IPL 2017 auction and this showed that the franchise had immense faith in this talented wicketkeeper batsman. Jackson who is in the squad as a backup for Robin Uthappa who keeps wickets regularly for the team, is now the prime candidate to be given a long run in the team at the top. He can easily replace Uthappa with both bat and gloves, if needed, since Uthappa has seen a drastic drop of form in his batting which saw his Ranji Team Karnataka drop him from the squad before the Ranji quarter-finals. Jackson has a first-class average of 84.57 and a T20 strike rate of 104, which he can easily work hard on, given that he plays majority of matches for KKR this upcoming season.
Punjab fast bowler Siddarth Kaul was once seen as the answer to India’s fast bowling woes after Kaul put in a great performance in India U-19’s World Cup win in 2008 in Malaysia. He was immediately picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural IPL auction. After the IPL, a serious knee ligament injury sidelined him for a long period of time and along with some other injuries and loss of form, it looked all over for the talented fast bowler. But he worked on his fitness and returned to the first-class scene in 2013 and was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils franchise in IPL 6. This year for IPL 10, Siddarth Kaul will represent Sunrisers Hyderabad and the team management should look to get the maximum out of this young talented bowler who should be played in every match possible as he could give the support needed to Mustafizur and Boult with his right arm swing bowling to compensate for loss of Dale Steyn.
Shardul Thakur was retained by the King XI Punjab franchisee for which he played a handful of matches earlier in the season. Shardul has been one of the most prolific players in domestic cricket recently for Mumbai with both bat and ball. Thakur who hails from a small town near Mumbai, should be included in every match to support fast bowlers like Mohit Sharma and Varun Aaron on Mohali and Dharamshala pitches which offer swing and bounce. He will also provide valuable hitting power down the order if needed.
Shreyas Iyer has become one of the most prolific players on the Indian domestic circuit and his recent double century against the visiting Australians has just pushed him towards India team selection. Iyer had a good season with Delhi Daredevils last year, but he missed some games due to the chopping and changing tactics of DD team management. This year however, he should be in their plans to play all the matches in IPL 10, even if he fails in couple of matches, as he has the ability to win the match on his own for his team.
Mumbai Indians splurged Rs. 2 crore on buying Krishnappa Gowtham as their spinning backup to Harbhajan Singh and J Suchith. Gowtham is also one of the most impressive all-rounders on the T20 circuit and impressed one and all in the Karnataka Premier League with his abilities. In a star studded Mumbai team which has atleast 5 fixed spots, it will be easy for Gowtham to make his way into the playing eleven on back of his all round abilities and hitting prowess. Gowtham is a valuable addition to already wonderful Mumbai Indians side and should play majority of matches for his team.