Euro 2020 Special

Ruturaj Gaikwad to Avesh Khan: Young Players to Watch Out For

The second leg of the 2021 Indian T20 League has begun and already a young lion in Ruturaj Gaikwad has set the field on fire with a scintillating knock of 88* to win his team Chennai the ‘El-Clasico’ against Team Mumbai. The Indian T20 League is a place where young talent has blossomed and it has constantly churned out top talents for the Indian national team to enjoy.

In this piece, we’re looking at five such natural talents who are in and around the national team circuit and after this tournament can make a spot for themselves in the team.


As mentioned earlier, Ruturaj Gaikwad was the player of the match award winner in the opening game of the second leg in the UAE. The Chennai opening batter stuck around when it was difficult to bat and strung together a beautiful knock that helped his team put on a competitive total in the first innings. Gaikwad is just 24 currently and has already made his debut for the national team in the series against Sri Lanka. The team will go through a transition phase when Virat Kohli would step down as the captain and with plenty of quality young opening batters around, Gaikwad needs to ensure that his performances in the Indian T20 League keeps him in contention for the spot in the future.


Devdutt Padikkal is yet another opening batter who has progressed pretty well in the past few years in the domestic circuit. Padikkal made his Indian T20 League debut back in 2020 and won the Emerging Player of the Season award. Since then he had to do plenty of gym work to enhance his power game. It was unleashed in the first leg of this season. The Karnataka opener would be hoping to carry his good form in the second half of the competition as well and help his team get their maiden Indian T20 League title.


Looks like there’s an abundance of opening batters coming through the ranks of the Indian domestic circuit and Prithvi Shaw is the leader of that pack. Shaw has already made his international debut a couple of years back and had a successful start to life as an international batter. But soon a few controversies surrounded the young kid and now he finds himself hoping to be back in the international colours soon. He was one of the most promising players in the first half of the competition and Team Delhi would be backing him to come good in the second leg as well.


The country is always on the lookout for young fast bowlers coming through the ranks and if you are left-handed then it is an added bonus. Arshdeep Singh from Punjab ticks all the boxes for a player who the nation could be excited about. He is currently raw and has plenty to improve but age is on his side and that is a good thing for the pacer. He’d relish the opportunity to bowl on wickets that could give him some help in the UAE.


Avesh Khan was selected on India’s tour of England as a net bowler. Playing in the practice match, Avesh injured his thumb and was ruled out of the tour entirely. He has made the flight to the UAE to feature for Team Delhi in the Indian T20 League 2021. Khan finished the first leg as the second-highest wicket-taker with 14 scalps to his name. Team Delhi would be banking on him to come good yet again in this UAE leg.