In the first two editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the insatiable Australians grabbed the limelight: If Shaun Marsh was the highest scorer in 2008, big-hitting Matthew Hayden held that honour in 2009. Cricket fans and analysts across India waited for a new pack of young Indian cricketers to make the most of the star-studded stage offered to them, but it just didn’t happen.
Econ.: Economy rate; # The statistics exclude the first semi-final played between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday. Graphic: Rajaan/Mint
This season, Muttiah Muralitharan has been overshadowed by Chennai’s local boy R. Ashwin; Hayden’s brutal power, despite the Mongoose bat, has paled next to the consistency of his opening partner Murali Vijay. T.L. Suman has stepped in where Adam Gilchrist has failed. Pragyan Ojha leads the wicket-takers’ tally, comfortably ahead of Dale Steyn, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh.
This season, the young Indian is no longer the bits and pieces of a bigger picture—he is thebigger picture. Here are some of the young Indian star performers of IPL 2010.
Compiled by Rudraneil Sengupta.