Over the years, IPL was quite famous for bringing exceptional domestic talent to the fore, and the league once again put some extremely talented young rifles in the spotlight.
And at the center of popularity so far have been the novice fast bowlers, who quickly climb the ranks and play a significant role for their teams.
With plenty of franchises missing out on big international names due to their ongoing national duties, these young pacers have taken responsibility quite seriously and under the supervision and guidance of senior players and management have produced quite a few impressive performances.
Trying to make the most of the opportunities provided, these rookie pacers perform at full throttle to leave a mark on the biggest cricket stage.
TimesofIndia.com here brings a look at some of the young fast bowlers who have impressed the cricket fraternity and who are on their way to making a big impact this season.
Arshdeep Singh (Punjab Kings)
Arshdeep Singh with his left hand has been on a steady upward curve for his Punjab Kings franchise for the past three years. At just 23 years old, Arshdeep has impressed everyone in the cricket circle with his maturity and bowling skills, which are constantly improving every season.
Bought by the 2019 franchise and a member of the Indian team that won the 2018 U19 World Cup, Arshdeep finished as the second biggest player for Punjab last season.
A powerful bowler, who has accepted the challenge of bowling against the world’s best hitters, Arshdeep has been one of the tournament’s discoveries in recent years.
Although Arshdeep has yet to wear an Indian hat, Punjab was very impressed with the young man. So much so that the young Arshedeep was one of only two players the team retained before the last player auction. The other was the current Punjabi skipper Mayank Agarwal.
Arshdeep has 26 IPL matches to date and has already taken 32 goals that also include Fifera. Whether it was bowling within powerplay or in death over, Arshdeep was very impressive and emerged as the team’s pace leader. He will now try to increase his advantage this season as Punjab continues his journey for that unattainable girl title.
Vaibhav Arora (Punjab Kings)
Bought by the Punjab Kings at a base price of INR 20 lakh before the start of this season, Vaibhav Arora is proving to be a player with value for money. The 24-year-old from Ambala made a great spell in Sunday’s game against the Chennai Super Kings, which was his debut in the IPL.
With numbers 4-0-21-2, the middle pacer shook Chennai’s best rank in powerplay. The introductory burst of Vaibhava eventually became one of the deciding factors in Punjab’s impressive victory.
Vaibhav, who plays for Himachal Pradesh in home cricket, showed in his first game that he can swing the ball in both directions and harass hitters with a new ball.
Signed by the Punjab Kings as a net bowler in the 2020 IPL edition, Vaibhav was quite consistent and impressive and that ultimately helped him sign a contract this year. As Shikhar Dhawan revealed after the match against CSK, Vaibhav tortured the best hitters in the Punjab nets.
Together with his friend, Arshdeep Singh, the duo looked very impressive and will intend to torture opposing strikers as the tournament progresses.
Umran Malik (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Only 3 matches in the latest edition for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Jammu & Kashmir pacer Umran Malik have become a sensation across the country. Consistent delivery speed of 150 km / h with minimal effort has made Umran popular in the city.
The eyes of experts and experts lit up when Umran scored five balls in a row at a speed of 150 km / h in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore last season.
And when his Sunrisers franchise kept him for $ 4 million on the eve of this season, it wasn’t really a surprise.
After a brief peek into his bowling skills last year, Umran joined the Indian team for the T20 World Cup as a bowler with a net, and after that he was also selected as the Indian A team for the Serie A series in South Africa.
From her debut in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for J&K to joining India A, 2021 proved to be a breakthrough year for Umran.
The 22-year-old’s rise has been astronomical in the last 8 months and it will be really interesting to see how he does his job in this IPL.
An experienced fighter died Bhuvneshwar Kumar with him in the SRH camp. This season will be crucial for Umran, widely labeled as the fastest bowler in India and someone who has the potential to be the next fast-paced who will soon be able to wear the colors of India.
Last season, Umran, who happens to be only the fourth J&K player to play in the IPL, achieved the fastest delivery in IPL history by the Indian bowler at 152.59km / h.
Akash Deep (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
With people like Josh Hazlewood, Glenn Maxwell and Jason Behrendorff who missed the start of the season for Royal Challengers Bangalore, 25-year-old Akash Deep from Bihar got a chance to show off his talent and grabbed it with both hands. With four gates in 2 matches with the best 3/45 ratio, Akash impressed a lot of them in the early part of the season.
In his debut IPL game against the Punjab Kings, which was a successful affair, the fast middle bowler with his right hand scored 1 to 38, but it was his magic in the second match against Kolkata Knight Riders that helped Bangalore record its first win of the season.
The all-around bowler, who plays for Bengal in the home round, has yet to show off his punching skills.
It is not given that Akash will keep his place in the team when the big cannons return to Bangalore, but the rookie has made a case for himself with two impressive outings and for the team leadership it will be a kind of headache to have him warm up the bench when he has high confidence.
Tushar Deshpande (Chennai Super Kings)
Tushar Deshpande, born in Mumbai, is another newcomer who is constantly rising in rank. After spending several years in the Delhi Capitals dugout, Tushara bought the Chennai Super Kings at the last auction for its base price of INR 20 lakh.
The impressive right-handed middle pitcher has played in 7 IPL games so far, 6 of which have been for the Delhi Capitals in the last two seasons.
Tushar started the season for Chennai this year, but missed a place in the XI in their second game against the Punjab Kings.
The 26-year-old, known for his precision, has been impressive both in powerplay and death over in his young IPL career and it will be interesting to see how Chennai’s experienced management and think tank will use him in upcoming games.
In one match he has played for CSK so far this season, which was the opening of the tournament against KKR, he did not take a wicket and gave 23 runs in 3 bowling overs, with an economic rate of 7.66.