Every year, the Indian Premier League (IPL) sees youngsters from domestic cricket making a mark in the T20 tournament in no uncertain terms.

Every year, the Indian Premier League (IPL) sees youngsters from domestic cricket making a mark in the T20 tournament in no uncertain terms. And why not? After all, it’s the ‘Indian’ Premier League. The IPL has given Indian cricket many match-winners, starting from off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the early years to Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya more recently. IPL 2022 has been an impressive season for young Indian pacers. Although spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Wanindu Hasaranga are the leading wicket-takers in the tournament, the young fast bowlers have made an impact as well. Here are five names that could represent the country in the near future.

1. Arshdeep Singh: Of the five names on the list, Punjab Kings (PBKS) left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh seems closest to being a finished product. Only 23 years old, Arshdeep has a very mature head on his shoulders, which explains why he bowls most of the tough overs for Punjab. Significantly, he rarely gets hit. Arshdeep is very good at executing his yorkers at the death and hits the hard lengths consistently to keep the batters in check. He may not have claimed too many wickets in IPL 2022. In fact, he has only six scalps from 11 games. But wickets have fallen at the other end due to the pressure created by Arshdeep.

2. Umran Malik: The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) fast bowler is a perfect example of being an out-and-out fast bowler. Umran Malik has already experienced the pros and cons of trying to outdo the batters with pace. On some days, he has been unplayable. On other days, he has been abysmal. Either way, he hasn’t cut down on his pace. These are still very early days in his career, and he will keep learning. The significant aspect, though, is that he has the basic ingredients in place. Indian cricket must ensure that he doesn’t get lost in the pool of talent. Those who have seen him bowl will vouch for the fact that he is special.

3. Mohsin Khan: The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) pacer has been the surprise success story of IPL 2022. Mohsin Khan only got a chance to come into the playing XI because Avesh Khan picked up a niggle in one of the matches. But the left-arm fast bowler has been so impressive that he has retained his place in the team even after Avesh’s return. Mohsin has claimed nine wickets in five matches at an exceptional economy rate of 5.35, which is solid proof of his control over his skills. His match-winning spell of 4/16 against Delhi was a top act. It is no mean feat to beat David Warner, Rishabh Pant, and Rovman Powell. Watch out for this lad!

4. Mukesh Choudhary: The CSK left-arm seamer did not have an impressive start to his IPL 2022 campaign. Mukesh Choudhary proved expensive in the earlier matches and was considered one of the weak links in the Chennai bowling attack. However, the youngster has discovered his rhythm in fantastic fashion and is now proving to be a genuine threat to opposition batters. Choudhary has the uncanny knack of slipping in a wicket-taking delivery just as batters start to take him lightly. Although he has an economy of over nine, Choudhary has claimed 13 wickets in 10 games. Most of his scalps have had game-changing impacts.

5. Kuldeep Sen: Rajasthan Royals (RR) Kuldeep Sen is quick for sure and has a big heart as well. It is never easy to stand up to a dangerous big-hitter like Marcus Stoinis, especially in the last over of an innings. Expert death overs bowlers like Chris Jordan have also been found out at this stage. However, Kuldeep kept his calm and confirmed victory for RR on his IPL debut. To show that his performance against LSG was not a fluke, Sen claimed 4 for 20 against Bangalore. Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell were among his victims. An unfinished product but someone who can develop into a good T20 bowler in the near future.

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