IPL 2018: Top Five Emerging Talents in IPL 2018 topped by Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Alex Broun 21/05/2018
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Top of the list: Mujeeb Ur Rahman

IPL 2018 has been awash with stunning young performers with the bat and ball who have lit up the tournament, many coming from emerging cricketing powers such as Afghanistan and Nepal.

It’s a tough task but we selected the Top 5 Emerging Stars in IPL 11. Read our talent roll below.

  1. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Kings XI Punjab)

Bowling: 11 matches, 41.2 overs, 289 runs, 14 wickets at 20.64, Econ 6.99, BBI 3/27

At the start of this IPL you would have thought that if everyone was talking about a young Afghanistan spinner it would be Rashid Khan. But Khan’s efforts have been surpassed by 17-year-old countryman Ur Rahman. But no shame in that for Khan as Rahman out bowled even his much vaunted captain Ravi Ashwin. If only he had not missed three games due to injury his feats would have been even greater and Kings XI may have reached the playoffs.

  1. Sandeep Lamichhane (Delhi Daredevils)

Bowling: 3 matches, 12 overs, 82 runs, 5 wickets at 16.40, Econ 6.83, BBI 3/36

Named the player of the competition during the ICC World Cricket League Division Two for his impressive performances for Nepal, the 17-year-old has the ability to spin the ball a long way. Had an excellent return of 5 for 82 in three games and Delhi no doubt wish they used him much earlier in the tournament.

  1. Prithvi Shaw (Delhi Daredevils)

Batting: 9 inns, 0 NO, 245 runs at 27.22, two 50s, HS: 65

The baby faced blaster, bought for a big price of Rs 1.2 crore, had a mixed tournament. On the positive side the 18-year-old showed that he belonged at this level but he will be disappointed not to have gone on and score more runs after posting two fifties. Fielding was also suspect although he did manage four catches.

  1. Ishan Kishan (Mumbai Indians)

Batting: 12 inns, 0 NO, 275 runs at 22.91, two 50s, HS: 62

Another stylish left hander the 19-year-old made himself at home in the Mumbai line-up, and behind the stumps. He performed admirably with the bat but the Patna born opener would have liked more runs, as he had many opportunities playing in all 14 games. The best is yet to come from this youngster.

  1. Shubman Gill (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Batting: 9 inns, 5 NO, 145 runs at 36.25, one 50, HS: 57*

The star for India in the U-19 Cricket World Cup played in New Zealand earlier in the year, the 18-year-old was instrumental in India winning the title. KKR signed him for a price of Rs 1.8 crore and then surprisingly gave him little opportunity offer putting the opener as low as No7. Still Gill took his chances coming up with the team’s second best average. The playoffs await.

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IPL 2018: Top Five IPL batsmen in preliminary rounds, but no Kohli

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How good was this guy: Rishabh Pant.

Indian superstar Virat Kohli may have had an underwhelming IPL by his own lofty standards but there have been plenty of other outstanding performers lighting up the tournament with their superb batting displays.

Here we name the Top Five from the preliminary rounds, only two of who are still in the tournament.

  1. Rishabh Pant (DD)

Inn: 14

Runs: 684

Top score: 128*

Avg: 52.61

Strike-Rate: 173.60

Pant was absolutely superb for Delhi and if some of his team mates had performed at a similar level the Daredevils season would not be over. To score the most runs at a SR of 173.60 is an extraordinary achievement but he also hit the most sixes (37), most fours (68) and highest score of IPL11 (128*).

  1. Kane Williamson (SRH)

Inn: 14

Runs: 661

Top score: 84

Avg: 60.09

Strike-Rate: 143.07

The most consistent batsman in the tournament with eight 50s in 14 innings and an average over 60, the NZ skipper was not the biggest hitter, only 26 sixes, but he played some crucial innings for the Sunrisers on their march to the semis. An elegant stroke maker he never gives his wicket away cheaply.

  1. Lokesh Rahul (KXIP)

Inn: 14

Runs: 659

Top score: 95*

Avg: 54.91

Strike-Rate: 158.41

The tall right hander got better as the tournament went on with a superb run of four fifties in the final six games including two nineties and an eighty. He will be desperately disappointed to get out so cheaply in the Kings XI last match but a rampant Ngidi was almost unplayable.

  1. Ambati Rayudu (CSK)

Inn: 14

Runs: 586

Top score: 100*

Avg: 45.07

Strike-Rate: 153.40

When you looked at the roll call of stars in the Super Kings line up you would not have expected the veteran to finish their top scorer but he did that and more. One of just four century makers in IPL11 he also scored three fifties and whacked the second most sixes (33).

  1. Jos Buttler (RR)

Inn: 13

Runs: 548

Top score: 95*

Avg: 54.80

Strike-Rate: 155.24

The Englishman has headed home to prepare for the Tests against Pakistan and the Royals will miss his abundant run-making in the playoffs. Buttler got better as the tournament went on with two nineties and an eighty in his last four innings – and performed well under pressure.

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IPL 2018 Fantasy: Top picks for final week as CSK take on SRH in first Qualifier

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Chennai and Sunrisers lock horns in play-offs. Image: BCCI.

The IPL league phase is over with four teams finalised for the play-offs. Chennai Super Kings take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first Qualifier in Mumbai on Tuesday, which means it’s time to reset your Fantasy Team and make the most out of the final leg of IPL 2018.

One of Chennai or Sunrisers is certain to progress to the title clash while the other team will get another shot at the final when they play the winner of the Eliminator between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.

MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu are straightforward picks from the Chennai camp as they are two of the top-run scorers this season, while Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson and leg-spinner Rashid Khan have been in sensational form.

Chennai’s Suresh Raina hit a composed fifty in the last game against Kings XI Punjab, meaning he enters the critical part of the league in good nick.

The pace of South African quick Lungi Ngidi is too hot to ignore. The wicket in Mumbai – also the venue for the final – offers a fair amount of bounce and if there is anyone who can extract something out of a quickish track, it is Ngidi.

Chennai’s Deepak Chahar has turned out to be the dark horse with his incredible line and control with the new ball, along with some lusty hits during his 20-ball 39 against Punjab after being promoted, ensuring he he will be high on confidence – with the ball and bat.

Hyderabad’s Shakib Al Hasan is the all-round option and should get enough opportunities to deliver on two fronts.

Both Indian seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul are good options but I would go with Bhuvi as Kaul has gone for more than 40 runs in three of his last four outings.

As far as another specialist spinner is concerned, Ravindra Jadeja is a better option than Harbhajan Singh. The left-arm spinner has bowled in 12 games with an economy of 7.6 for his nine wickets, plus offers more with the bat.

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