The Rise Of Youngsters in IPL 2020
There are a lot of youngsters who are invariably spread amongst franchises in IPL 2020.
A lot of emphasis has been put on the experience and skill that players who have represented their countries bring to franchises across the IPL. But this season is vastly different from any other season. Experience does help, but what would make a huge difference is how well a team can breed youngsters and give them opportunities to perform.
Every franchise is filled with cricketers who haven’t played competitive cricket for about six months heading into the IPL, especially the Indian cricketers. It’s as fair a level playing field as it could get.
Apart from franchises that have players playing in the Caribbean Premier League(CPL) 2020, how every franchise would go about their strategies and how their big stars would perform was a big talking point.
So, how big a part do the youngsters play in winning IPL 2020?
The IPL experience
Now with each team having played 4-5 games across three cities in UAE- Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah- the common trend that separates the teams that look like getting into the top four vs the ones who will fade away is the influx of youngsters into their playing XI and how they have performed thus far.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 2, 2020
Yes, the IPL can be extremely cruel and harsh for youngsters if they have a bad day, but the opportunity it throws up can grab the eyeballs of the people who matter the most. Priyam Garg and T Natarajan are classic examples of cricketers who are using their ‘unknown’ element extremely well.
These are two examples of talented youngsters at IPL 2020.
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These youngsters don’t carry that much of a baggage when it comes to expectations or a massive price tag hovering over their heads. They have lot of promise and couldn’t have asked for a better platform than the IPL to showcase their skills. And they also add a critical booster for each team- fresh, active legs.
Are Youngsters Fitter at IPL 2020?
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the fitter and flexible the teams are on the field the better are their chances of achieving success in this tournament.
The missed opportunities in the field, dropped catches could be made up with some cracking batting on most occasions in earlier seasons of the IPL. But, it won’t help or count for much this year barring games played at the iconic Sharjah Cricket stadium.
Lot of flak, bemusement and frustration was unleashed on franchises likes CSK and KXIP for their performance in particular so far. A large part of that is to do with having slow, tired legs in the outfield who are conceding the extra 15-20 runs every game.
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Yes, both teams have inform batsmen, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal for KXIP and Faf Du Plessis and going by their last game Shane Watson for CSK but despite that the bowlers aren’t executing plans well and the fielding has been pretty poor and has caused lot of irritation for the team management.
Youngsters In Some Teams But Not In Others In IPL 2020
Each successful franchise have got some promising youngsters who have have delivered reasonably well so far. But, importantly they have added lot of value in the outfield. An exception and an extremely satisfying one at that is SRH who have built their team on youngsters and relatively unknown players. This, which is a stark contrast to CSK who don’t have a single player in the playing XI who is a youngster is a unknown commodity.
A captain like MSD thrives on controlling the middle of the innings through his spinners backed by tight, effective fielding. So far this IPL owing to the pandemic, the spinners in his side have looked out of form and the fielding has let him down game after game.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 4, 2020
KXIP and even RR are facing the same issues so far. Although, they have plenty of young and exciting talent as part of their setup.
On the other hand franchises like Delhi Capitals(DC), Mumbai Indians(MI) and even Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) have done well so far as they have managed to back some youngsters in IPL 2020. Coincidentally, the number of runs they conceded in the outfield owing to fielding or dropped catches has fallen.
Considering the size of the grounds in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the tiring conditions that would prevail right through the tournament, the importance of picking and backing youngsters in the team can’t be emphasised more. Youngsters will certainly play a big role as IPL 2020 progresses.
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