IPL 5 has arguably been the hardest fought edition of the tournament with several matches going down to the wire and more importantly, seven out of nine teams still being in the fray for a play off spot after over 50 matches played.
While most teams have relied on their overseas stars and marquee Indian players to deliver, some have been well served by young Indians (some of them previously unknown, except to Ranji Trophy buffs) who have established themselves as stars of the future. In this article, I list eleven of these brave young men:
1. Mandeep Singh (Kings XI Punjab)
2. S Dhawan (Deccan Chargers)
3. Saini (Kings XI Punjab)
4. AL Menaria (Rajasthan Royals)
5. M Manhas (Pune Warriors)
6. A Jhunjhunwala (Deccan Chargers)
7. P Awana (Kings XI Punjab)
8. Appanna (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
9. S Nadeem (Delhi Daredevils)
10. P Negi (Delhi Daredevils)
11. A Reddy (Deccan Chargers)
If this team were to play the IPL champions to be crowned on May 27, I am certain they will give the title holders a run for their money. I would hand the captaincy to Dhawan, while Saini would keep wickets. Admittedly, the team has a long tail, beginning with Awana, but if their form in this tournament is anything to go by, three of the top five should come good in every game. There are some more players who are worth mentioning, especially B Kumar of Pune Warriors and VP Singh of Deccan Chargers but the above eleven, in my estimation, are the best of the lot.
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