Uncapped Indian players like Shahrukh Khan and Krishnappa Gowtham caused havoc in the 2021 Indian T20 League auction as most franchises wanted to get their hands on these upcoming talents. Uncapped domestic players are the ones who make most of the difference in the tournament as teams are allowed to use only four overseas players in the starting XI and the Indian national team players are always limited.
Wondering who are the upcoming uncapped players to look out for in the 2021 Indian T20 League? Let’s find out.
SHAHRUKH KHAN | TEAM PUNJAB
It’s the reunion of Veer-Zara as Preity Zinta’s Team Punjab went all out to buy Tamil Nadu’s star all-rounder Shahrukh Khan. He was one of the star uncapped players coming into the 2021 auction and his price tag didn’t disappoint. He was picked for a massive 5.25 crore and the 25-year=old allrounder will be one to watch out for in the season.
KRISHNAPPA GOWTHAM | TEAM CHENNAI
Krishnappa Gowtham became the highest paid uncapped player in the season as he was picked by Team Chennai for 9.25 crore. He already has some valuable experience in the tournament coming into this season but this could be the breakthrough year for him. MS Dhoni would relish a lower order basher who bowls decent off-spin and is also an option with the new ball.
DEVDUTT PADIKKAL | TEAM BANGALORE
The lanky southpaw opener from Karnataka had an extraordinary season the previous year. He deservedly won the Emerging Player of the Season award and was one of the finds of the tournament. Padikkal would look to continue his strong performances in this season as well. He looks like a starter in the Bangalore team and who knows if he puts in a stellar season yet again, a India call up will be beckoning for the youngster.
MOHAMMED AZHARUDDEEN | TEAM BANGALORE
Sticking with Bangalore with this one, as they snapped a highly promising wicketkeeper-batsman from Kerala, Mohammed Azharuddeen. The 26-year-old has a chance to shine on the biggest stage this season. He is in a team that needs a domestic player to step up and put in some decent performances and Azharuddeen might just be the man for Bangalore.
KARTIK TYAGI | TEAM RAJASTHAN
Kartik Tyagi was another strong performer in the previous Indian T20 League season and many were impressed by the raw pace he could generate. Post the tournament in the UAE, he was picked as one of the net bowlers for India’s iconic tour of Australia and would have gained some valuable experience from time with the national team. Expect a better and quicker Kartik Tyagi to light the stage up in the pink of Rajasthan this season.
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