The cricket extravaganza league gets the party of cricket started in the world of cricket. It is that time of the year, when the whole cricket fraternity comes together to celebrate cricket, in the nation that very much has cricket in its veins. Hardly anyone is left behind in the festival of cricket. It is also a medium of cultural exchange as cricketers of different countries come together and share their culture with everyone. It helps cricket to develop as a sport. It has the lot to offer to the Indian community as a whole by reaching into smaller cities and laying down the building blocks of their development by giving them exposure. It is not only a festival, but it has also been a massive platform for the young cricketers to showcase their skills and learn from the very best in the business. Hence, it has provided the world with some tantalizing young talents, which otherwise would have been difficult to find.
So, let’s have a look at 5 youngest cricketers to play in the IPL
1. Ishan Kishan
The former U-19 Indian captain is the fifth youngest player to make his debut in the grand arena. Although, he didn’t have a good U-19 World Cup, he was picked by newly added team in the IPL, Gujarat Lions, at the price 35 lakhs. He made his debut against KXIP, aged 17 years and 268 days. He didn’t have an impressive IPL 2016 season. Later in the season, he played some stellar knocks for his home state Jharkhand, in the prime domestic competition of India. He played a knock of 273 against, which is the highest individual score in the state’s history. In IPL 2017, he did play one flamboyant knock of 39 off 16 balls which was appreciated by all.
2. Rahul Chahar
Rahul Chahar is a leg-spinner who hails from the state of Rajasthan. He was picked by RPS in this edition of IPL auctions at the base price of 10 lakhs. He has been rising through the ranks of domestic cricket in Rajasthan. He made his IPL debut against KXIP and took the important wicket of Hashim Amla, aged just 17 years and 242 days. It was his first T20 match ever and he did not disappoint much. He showed his brilliance in fielding as well, by doing some handy work at the boundary.
3. Washington Sundar
The young Tamil Nadu all-rounder played in the U-19 World Cup 2016 and has impressed everyone with his handiness with bat and ball. He was fortunate to be picked by RPS, as the replacement of the Indian Cricket Team star off-spinner Ravi Ashwin, in the current edition of the IPL. He became the third youngest cricketer to play in the IPL after he was named in the playing eleven against SRH. He was only 17 years and 199 days old at that point of time.
4. Pradeep Sangwan
He has the distinction of being the first U-19 player to be picked at the IPL auction. He became the second youngest player to have the IPL, after being picked by the Delhi franchise and playing his first IPL match at the tender age of 17 years and 179 days. He had a disappointing first season of IPL picking up only 5 wickets in 7 matches. He was caught for doping when he was playing for KKR in IPL 2013, for which he was banned for 18 months. He never could live up to expectations that were bestowed on him and despite many chances, his career graph went downwards.
5. Sarfaraz Khan
He became the youngest cricketer ever to grace the platform of IPL when he was picked to play against CSK in IPL 2015. He was then, 17 years and 177 days old. In only his second match, he announced his arrival by playing scintillating unbeaten knock of 45 from just 21 balls. He has impressed one and all by his cameos filled with innovative shots. He also, holds the record for most number of half centuries in the history of ICC U-19 world cup, having scored 7 fifties during the 2014 edition. In 2016, he became a regular member of RCB squad, but after a while was dropped from the side for his lack of agility on the field. Injury on the eve of IPL 2017 has ruled him out of the competition and is replaced by Harpreet Singh.