Uncapped Indian players have delivered: Krishnamachari Srikkanth

NEW DELHI: With IPL 2020 at its halfway stage, former Indian captain and opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth has been left impressed with the stellar shows of a few uncapped players, some of whom have taken their teams to victories from the jaws of defeat.
In his column for the Times of India, Srikkanth wrote, “We are at the halfway stage where two teams look assured of progress while two units, languishing at the bottom, are finding it difficult to carve a win. Four teams fighting for the remaining two play-off slots has made the upcoming matches extremely vital. If there is one particular aspect of the league that has impressed me, it is the stellar show of some of the uncapped players. This augurs well for Indian cricket. The youngsters have shown that they are ready for sterner battles. In Devdutt Paddikal, Bangalore has unearthed an opener of good quality while Hyderabad have ushered the much required confidence to Natarajan, who seems to be getting better with each game.”
In the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals were 78/5 in their chase of 159 with Ben Stokes, skipper Steve Smith and Jos Buttler back in the pavilion when Rahul Tewatia, who smashed 45, and Riyan Parag, hitting 42, put on an unbeaten stand of 85 and won the match with one ball to spare. Tewatia had also starred in Royals’ record IPL chase of 224 against Kings XI Punjab.
“The best among the lot, without doubt, is Rahul Tewatia. To win two games off your own bat, in a high-pressure tournament, calls for skill and composure. With his all-round capabilities, the Haryana lad has proved he is cut out for this format. What has impressed me most is Tewatia’s game-awareness and his ability to pace his innings. It’s heartening to see youngsters back their natural game and not buckle under pressure. Tewatia has found an able partner in Riyan Parag. A wonderful stroke-maker, Parag was unruffled even while the asking rate was climbing. Looks like this duo will have a lot to offer Rajasthan in the remaining games,” Srikkanth added.
Bolstered by the arrival of Ben Stokes, Rajasthan Royals will hope for a stronger show from its slightly off-colour top order when the side tries to settle scores against second-placed Delhi Capitals in their return leg IPL match on Wednesday.
“The overseas stars, Smith, Buttler and Stokes have to perform in unison for the inaugural champions. The win against Hyderabad was a shot in the arm, it has given the side the much required impetus. Delhi will be a formidable opponent and a tougher nut to crack. Delhi, on the other hand, have played to potential and look well balanced. However, the absence of Rishabh Pant could hurt them. The left-hander apart from providing the fire power, hands his side options by donning the big gloves. The result of the game this evening could have an impact on other sides as well,” Srikkanth concluded.

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