The Indian T20 League auctions are set for December 19th in Kolkata and while the big names garner huge attention, we take a glance at a few under-19 players who come at a low base price and offer long-term potential for the franchises.
India’s under-19 captain for the World Cup in South Africa next month, Priyam Garg was rushed into the Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy side last year and started off his first-class career with a century on debut against Goa. Garg made 814 runs in his maiden season in the Ranji season, averaging 67.83. In List A cricket too, he shone and with a base price of Rs 20 lakh, he could be a great pick for franchises.
Few had heard of Yashasvi Jaiswal until he went on to hit a double hundred in the Vijay Hazare Trophy game for Mumbai against an attack featuring Shahbaz Nadeem and Varun Aaron. The blistering opener was the fifth-highest run-getter in his first Vijay Hazare tournament after making 564 runs at an average of 112.8. Jaiswal had also made scores of 113 and 122 against Kerala and Goa earlier in the season. The youngster could find much interest in the auction this time despite not playing any T20 cricket.
Dubbed as Junior Sachin Tendulkar for his extraordinary cover drives, 18-year old Arjun Azad is a great find for the India under-19 team. In 2019 in the ACC under-19 Asia Cup, Azad hit a superb century (a 111-ball 121) opening the batting for India against arch-rivals, Pakistan. He finished as the Player of the tournament and enrolled himself into the auction with a base price of just Rs 20 lakhs. The Chandigarh batsman is capable of timing the ball sweetly and can be a sheet anchor too if required.
Aryan Juyal was born into a family of doctors and had everything going for him from a young age. With an indoor practice net at home and a good coach to train under, Juyal breezed through age cricket with ease. In the Vinoo Mankad tournament in 2017, Juyal hit 401 runs in five innings and then played the Challenger Trophy where he shone yet again. He played the 2018 under-19 World Cup but has played just 13 List A games so far. He could be a decent attraction for franchises this auction.
A left-arm seamer, Sushant Mishra has good pace and bowls accurately, something which helped him catch the attention of the legendary Rahul Dravid. He is a part of India’s under-19 World Cup team for the tournament next month. He has played in 8 youth ODIs so far and has 19 wickets already including a five-wicket haul. The young protégée is destined for big things and given that he brings in a left-arm angle, franchises could be interested in this talent.
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