Every year the Indian Premier League (IPL) provides great cricket matches. Sometimes it’s the senior and most expensive players who perform and other times it’s an unsung name who is got selected in the auction or a replacement for a relatively lesser price. The cricket experts say IPL is the platform where talent meets opportunity. Every year IPL shines a light on these domestic prodigies who become important assets for their squad.
IPL 15 introduced two new teams and that led to an increase in the number of upcoming talents taking part in the competition. With the tournament awaiting its winner, here are three uncapped players who were sold for the base price that played exceptional cricket in IPL 2022:
The 23-year-old left-arm seamer from UP was a key asset for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). He was bought at the base price of INR 20 lakh. The pacer appeared in nine matches and picked up 14 wickets to become the second-highest wicket-taker for the team. He was also the best economical bowler for LSG, bowling at an average of only 5.97 runs per over.
Mohsin got the ball moving early in the innings and grabbed the opportunity with both hands, picking up some huge wickets. In important games against Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Gujarat Titans (GT), Mohsin performed extremely well.
The 28-year-old batsman from Madhya Pradesh was part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) side in the 2021 season. He didn’t have a good outing as he scored only 71 runs in the four matches and had an average of 17.75. In 2022, he was unsold at the auction and was later signed as a replacement for Luvnith Sisodia.
Patidar didn’t disappoint the franchise this season. He managed to score 331 runs in the seven innings. With his astonishing performances in the IPL playoffs, it is safe to say that the youngster had booked the number three slot for himself.
His best performance came in Eliminator 1 where Bangalore faced LSG. He scored 112 runs off 54 balls. In the following game against Rajasthan Royals (RR), he also smashed a half-century, but the right-hander’s effort went in vain as the team lost by seven wickets. RCB might have failed once again to clinch the trophy yet again but the season will be remembered for Patidar’s exploits.
When Deepak Chahar was announced unavailable for IPL 15, the entire Chennai Super Kings (CSK) dugout was worried about who will be leading the bowling attack. The 25-year-old uncapped bowler from Maharashtra was handed the responsibility. He was bought at a base price of INR 20 lakh.
Mukesh was the silver lining for the CSK franchise during a difficult season. The left-arm bowler finished with 16 wickets from 12 games, providing his team with a breakthrough early in the innings. Along with Dwayne Bravo, he was the highest wicket-taker for CSK in the season. Mukesh can swing the ball both ways, and despite a difficult start to the IPL season, the bowler did not lose his fighting spirit. He displayed his best performances against Mumbai Indians (MI), where he picked six wickets in two games.