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Five uncapped Indians who made IPL 2015 count

Five uncapped Indians who made IPL 2015 count

The Indian Premier League 2015 is done and dusted, but the glitzy T20 tournament has left a strong set of domestic cricketers poised for a bright future.

The Indian Premier League 2015 is done and dusted, but the glitzy T20 tournament has left a strong set of domestic cricketers poised for a bright future.

Over the years, the IPL, which is hailed as a rendezvous for up and coming Indian players, has had a legacy of giving recognition to some of the best young prospects in the country. In a vast country like India, the cash-rich league, in its short eight years of history, has given wings to the dreams of many youngsters who have gone on to make it big.

The shortest format of the game is usually tailor-made for young legs and young blood, and this season was no different with a bunch of Indian youngsters utilising the platform well to showcase their talent and providing unparallel joy to cricket fans.

From Delhi Daredevils' batsmen Shreyas Iyer and Mayank Agarwal to legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal of Royal Challengers Bangalore, many uncapped players have virtually taken the tournament by a storm. Cricketnext takes a look at five uncapped players who have taken this edition of the tournament by the scruff of the neck.

Shreyas Iyer: Though Delhi Daredevils crashed out of the IPL without impressing much, they certainly saw the emergence of a flamboyant opening batsman, Shreyas Iyer. In 14 matches, Iyer scored 439 runs at an average of 33.76 with a highest of 83, doing justice to the Daredevils' decision of roping in the 20-year-old Mumbai boy in the auction for a whopping Rs 2.6 crores. Iyer, who made 809 runs at an average of more than 50 for Mumbai in the last Ranji season, was spotted by TA Sekar, who has experience of picking youngsters, both at the MRF Pace Foundation and as a national selector. The Mumbai pedigree definitely looks a bright future prospect.

Sarfaraz Khan: The young prodigy became the cynosure of all eyes with some stellar performances. The 17-year-old created ripples in the league with his range of shots. Sarfaraz, turning up for RCB, not only knows how to play proper cricketing shots but can disdainfully reverse scoop a fast bowler into the stands. The Mumbai boy's unbeaten 45 of 21 balls against Rajasthan Royals drew lavish praise from all quarters and also from his superstar team-mates like Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Though with an aggregate of 111 runs in eight outings, Sarfaraz looks far from being impressive, the fact that he also remained unbeaten on four occasions could not be overlooked. With age on his side, the youngster can certainly take home a lot of positives from this season and can work on rectifying his flaws and come back even harder next season.

Sandeep Sharma: After finishing the season at the bottom of the table, last year's finalists Kings XI Punjab would try and get this edition out of their systems as quickly as possible. However, young pace sensation Sandeep Sharma stood out with his wicket-taking abilities through the season with 14 wickets in as many outings. Having impressed last season with 18 wickets, the uncapped Turk from Patiala was the best bowler for KXIP. The 22-year-old was skipper George Bailey's go-to man despite the presence of intimidating Mitchell Johnson in the line-up. In today's batsmen-friendly conditions, Sandeep impressed with his swing and skilfully succeeded in creating doubts in the minds of many established batsmen. Weeks of rubbing shoulders with proven performers like Virender Sehwag and Mitchell Johnson could do wonders for players like Sandeep coming up the ranks.

Hardik Pandya: A kid from a humble background to a 'Rockstar' in Mumbai Indians' dressing room, Hardik Pandya has grabbed quite a few eyeballs this season. His fearless approach and hitting prowess drew a lot of praise from the all-powerful Mumbai think-tank, including the likes of coach Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble. "He is going to be a very good cricketer going forward and is someone I am excited to continue to work with," Ponting said about the 21-year-old. Bought by Mumbai Indians at his base price of Rs 10 lakh, Pandya has impressed in the limited opportunities he has had, and has also managed to steal the limelight from some of his more illustrious teammates.

Yuzvendra Chahal: With the ball, the rookie spinner has impressed like none other. The right-arm legspinner has been one of the leading wicket-takers in the tourney, with 23 victims from 14 innings. Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli gave him the opportunity to sizzle on many occasions and Chahal too proved worthy of his captain's faith. Chahal was mostly impressive on the turning pitches, deceiving the batsmen with his control, flight and length. With an impressive average of 18.42, Chahal has been a hit under Kohli's attacking captaincy.