The IPL is 18 games old, and there have been some impressive performances as of now. While the games have been very high scoring, the bowlers have not had much to say. Despite the difficulties faced by the bowlers, some have gone on to impress the critics. Here are a few young bowlers who are worth looking out for in IPL 2020.
1. Shivam Mavi( Medium Fast Bowler)
The Knight Riders fast bowler was a crucial member of the Indian under-19 side that won the world cup in 2018. He was an essential member of the Knight Riders in 2018, with his teammate Nagarkoti injured. He didn’t have the most incredible season and was out injured for the whole IPL a year later.
Despite poor form and injury, the Knight Riders retained their confidence.
Four games into IPL 2020, Shivam Mavi has taken four wickets with an average of 26.75, while also having the privilege of sharing the new ball with Pat Cummins.
He remains an exciting prospect, and it will be interesting to see how he helps the Kolkata Knight Riders as the tournament goes on.
2. Kamlesh Nagarkoti (Right- Arm- Fast Bowler)
Kamlesh Nagarkoti burst into the scene with outstanding performances in the under-19 world cup. With the ability to bowl 140+kph and his lower-order hitting and quick fielding at positions like the backward point, a player like Nagarkoti is any captain’s dream.
Like Shivam Mavi, Nagarkoti was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2018. Unfortunately, Nagarkoti suffered from injuries that kept him out of both IPL 2018 and IPL 2019. He was one of the most awaited prospects to watch but couldn’t get a game.
He had the support of Knight Riders, who ensured that he came back with full fitness while retaining him in their squad. Along with that he had the support of Rahul Dravid, who cited examples of fast bowlers like Pat Cummins who made a comeback from injury.
To Nagarkoti’s fortune, he got the chance to play alongside Pat Cummins himself who is one of the best bowlers in the world.
Nagarkoti finally made his IPL debut this season and showed everyone why the wait to see him was worth it. He picked up three wickets in three games at an average of 21, bowling with lots of skill. Along with his bowling, he proved to be a livewire in the field with some magnificent catches.
3. Ravi Bishnoi (Right Arm Leg Spin bowler)
Marked us a player to watch this season, leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi showed why the spotlight was on him.
He came into the limelight with a tremendous under-19 world cup where he was the tournaments leading wicket-taker.
Playing for the King XI Punjab, Ravi Bishnoi got the chance to work with legendary leg spinner Anil Kumble, the head coach.
As a bowler, Ravi Bishnoi, impressed with a pleasant and economical spell against the first game’s Delhi Capitals. He followed that up with a three-wicket haul against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he went up against Aaron Finch and Ab De Villiers at one stage of the match.
He’s taken four wickets so far and is one of the leg-spin bowlers to watch out for this season.
4. Rahul Chahar( Right Arm Leg Spin Bowler)
Leg spin bowler, Rahul Chahar, played for Mumbai Indians and came into the tournament with a critical role. The 21-year-old bowler got the lead spinner’s responsibility in a side that is short of quality spinners.
He was bought by the Mumbai Indians in 2018 and slowly became a key member of their bowling attack.
This season with the tournament played in Dubai’s dry conditions, Rahul Chahar added responsibility to use the conditions.
He responded with six wickets in five games at an average of 22.50
5. Sam Curran( Left Arm Fast Medium Bowler)
The only foreign bowler to feature in this list, Sam Curran, had come in with the thought of being cover for Dwayne Bravo.
The Chennai Super Kings’ auction bought Sam Curran after featuring for Kings XI Punjab in the season.
As a pace bowler who can be very strong when there is some swing in the air, Sam Curran has managed to start his season well with six wickets in his first three games, while going wicketless in the next too.
His performance, however, was enough for him to retain his spot in the XI even after Dwayne Bravo’s recovery.
His bowling with the new ball and his aggressive batting, which has also been on display, are things to watch out for from the English pace bowler.