IPL 2020 has been dominated by some usual suspects. The likes of Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Jofra Archer topped bowling records, while the likes of KL Rahul, AB de Villiers and Shikhar Dhawan crowded the lanes. But there were also unpaid names – some young players made their mark in their debut season or others striking a rich vein of form.
Devdutt Padikkal (473 races at an average of 31.53, strike rate: 124.80) received the IPL 2020 Emerging Player Award. The 20-year-old, who was making his IPL debut, was at the top of the RCB’s batting order, even as his opening partner continued to change – from Aaron Finch to Josh Philippe and ultimately even Virat Kohli in the Playoffs.
Having always delivered throughout the season, Padikkal marked 5 half-centuries in the season, the most common with KL Rahul and AB de Villiers.
Among the drummers who have made their mark this season, it’s also worth mentioning Priyam Garg (SRH), 19, and Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK), 23, both of whom solidified their places in the star hitting rosters by the end of the season.
There was a New York king in town this season! No one has played more Yorkers to Death than SRH T Natarajan, which has seen a resurgence this year.
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Natarajan, 29, had made a handful of appearances at the 2017 IPL but had suffered a series of injuries since then. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury at the start of the season finally gave Natarajan the chance to shine. Picking up 18 wickets at an average of 34.38 and a saving of 8.19, Natarajan was the main reason why SRH’s bowling death was most often clinical.
Natarajan has been selected from India’s T20I team for the Australia tour.
Another 29-year-old who rose through the ranks this year was spinner KKR Varun Chakravarthy, which took 17 wickets at an average of 20.94 and a savings of 7.10. The ‘mystery spinner’ made amends for a bad outing last year, becoming KKR’s most reliable bowler throughout the season.
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He even won a five-wicket race against eventual finalists Delhi Capitals, who turned out to be the best bowlers of the season. Chakravarthy also secured a place in India’s T20I team initially but was later ruled out due to injury.
For many, IPL 2020 was the season of Rahul tewatia. Ever since he brought the Rajasthan Royals back from the dead to clinch a tie against Kings XI Punjab, the question on everyone’s lips whenever the pursuits got tight has been, ‘Can he do a Tewatia? ”
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Tewatia’s raw strength with the bat has never reached the peaks of his punches on Sheldon Cottrell since then, but the relatively unreported all-rounder became the only Indian player in IPL 2020 to achieve the 200-point and 10 double. wickets, making him the best all-rounder of the season statistically.
He scored 255 points at an average of 42.50 and a strike rate of 139.34, also taking 10 wickets at a saving of 7.13.
Ravi Bishnoi was the wild card in KXIP’s round in the bowling department this season, with the 20-year-old leg thrower often being their team’s toughest bowler to face. His efficiency was such that he played the most point balls (122) among Indian spinners in IPL 2020. He picked up 12 wickets for a saving of 7.37.
“As a spinner, I enjoyed Ravi Bishnoi. For him, it can’t get any better because he worked with Anil (Kumble) bhai. At 20, you start working with a legend like him. It’s something we would dream of, ”Pragyan Ojha said on a Sportstar broadcast earlier this week.