The Indian Premier League is not only a tournament where the big guns face off against each other, but it also is a platform that allows the youngsters to make a name for themselves. Over the years, players like Jasprit Bumrah, the Pandya brothers and Rishabh Pant have been fast tracked into the national team after fine showings in the IPL.
The clash between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore, which the latter won, saw two talented youngsters Devdutt Padikkal and Priyam Garg take the field, and we analyse how the two fared.
The surprise performer of the game was backed by Virat Kohli to open the innings over Parthiv Patel, who had donned the role for the franchise in the last few seasons. Youngster Padikkal, who had an impressive outing in the domestic matches in 2019, was already touted as a player to watch out for in IPL 2020, and the youngster did not disappoint as he raced away to 56 off just 42 deliveries. He only only laid the foundation for the rest of the players but also took the pressure off his opening partner Aaron Finch, who struggled for his 29 that came in 27 deliveries.
Outstanding debut from young Padikkal. Can see why there was so much hype about him. Wish him well, he is exciting. Loved the on-side pick-up shot and the drive over mid-off
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 21, 2020
Padikkal smashed eight fours in his knock that saw plenty of impressive strokes. His off-drives were impressive so were his flicks against Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s outswingers that were pitched outside leg stump. His stylish pulls against the shorter balls or the flicks against the wider deliveries were a treat to witness, and there is no denying that he will have a huge role to play in RCB’s campaign this year.
India’s Under-19 World Cup captain Priyam Garg was unable to get going in the clash, hitting only 12 off 13 deliveries while batting at number 4 for SRH. The youngster walked out to bat at the fall of Manish Pandey’s wicket when the scorecard was reading 89 for 2, with SRH needing another 75 to win off the last eight overs. With Jonny Bairstow going hammer and tongs at the other end, Garg just needed to rotate the strike, but he was caught in his crease and was unable to play through the lines that were sent down by Shivam Dube and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Steyn to Garg – FOUR
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 21, 2020
There were plenty of mishits and lazy shots as well, as Garg struggled to up the ante, which only increased the pressure on Bairstow at the other end. Eventually, the Englishman was dismissed in the 16th over, which started the downfall for the SRH team, as they collapsed to 153 all out.
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