Mumbai: Right from its inception, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has always been known to be a grooming ground for youngsters, helping them to enter the international limelight.
Youngsters like Shreyas Iyer and Rishab Pant are some of the names who got into the Indian team via some exceptional performances in the IPL tournament.
For the IPL teams, all the eyes will be on some of the youngsters taking part in the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Ahead of the much-awaited IPL auctions, here are some Indian under-19 cricket players who could be bought big by some IPL teams.
1) Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw has been the talk of the town in the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup. The captain has led his side from the front, helping his team reach the quarterfinal stage of the multi-nation tournament.
While he scored 94 in the first match against Australia, he followed that up with a knock of 57 in their second encounter against Papua New Guinea.
Teams like Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals have been known to pick up young players in their squad, and the 18-year-old could be one of them in the franchises’ list.
2) Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti has always been one of the young talents to have impressed cricket fans. Having made his list A debut against Sri Lanka U-19 in March, he produced a fine performance in England three months later, where he picked up 10 wickets in a youth Test against the English colts.
The youngster has also been an instrumental asset in the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup, picking up crucial wicket at important times.
The teenager has already picked up four wickets in the ongoing World Cup, including a couple of wickets against South Africa in a practice match.
3) Anukul Roy
Anukul Roy has caught the eyes of cricket fans very quickly, especially after his haul of wickets in India’s opening U-19 World Cup matches against Australia and Papua New Guinea, icking up nine wickets already from two matches.
The Jharkhand-born all-rounder is usually known for his wicket-taking abilities, and one notable performance is that of a four-wicket haul against England U-19 in a Youth ODI in Canterbury last year.
Anukul was adjudged Man of the Match in India’s recent encounter with Papua New Guinea, where his spell of 5-14 helped India bowl out the minnows for 64, which in turn the boys in Blue chased comfortably.
4) Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill has always been known for scoring runs. Right from his knock of 147 against England last year to his recent innings of 90 against Zimbabwe, the Punjab opener has impressed his fans with consistent performances.
He was in top form for Punjab in a couple of first class matches, with knocks of 129 and 63, and franchises will surely keep an eye on the teenager during the auction.
5) Ishan Porel
Ishan Porel has just played six matches, including List A and first class cricket, but he seems to be a youngster with a lot of potential talent.
Usually being just a bowler, the 19-year-old has already picked up 15 wickets from eight innings he has bowled in.
The right-arm medium pacer could be a target for most of the IPL franchises, and the bowler will look to continue his good form to impress the IPL teams.
6) Shivam Mavi
Pacer Shivam Mavi has been in top form over the years, showcasing some consistent performances for the Indian U-19 team. The 19-year-old has already taken five wickets from the three group matches in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, and will look to continue his good show in the upcoming matches.
He could be the next big cricketer from Uttar Pradesh after Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who also has put up an improved show for Team India over the past few years.
If teams are looking for a young pacer, Shivam could be a good option in this year’s IPL auction.