IPL 2021: 5 unknown names who were part of this IPL- The IPL 2021 has been suspended due to the rising case of COVID-19 in India. The decision was taken as the league was approaching its business end. In IPL 2021, 29 matches were played and all the eight-team have played more than seven league stage games. These matches gave a platform for many youngsters to rub shoulders with greats of the game. Right from Rajasthan Royals Chetan Sakariya who bowled alongside Chris Morris to Harpreet Brar, who was guided by one of the greatest spinners in the history of cricket, Anil Kumble.
In this article, we at Inside Sports will take you through 5 unknown names who were part of this IPL 2021.
Harpreet Brar (Punjab Kings)
It was Harpreet Brar’s third season in IPL. The left-arm spinner was yet to take his maiden IPL wicket and then something that not just he but his teammates could not believe happend. He took the big wickets of RCB’s Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB De Villiers at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad in a span of two overs. The 25-year-old began his wicket tally with the crucial wicket of well-settled Virat Kohli for 35 runs after which Glenn Maxwell departed for a first-ball duck. He later dismissed AB De Villiers for just 2 runs after a catch from Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul. The youngster gave away just 19 runs in his quota of 4 overs at an economy rate of 4.8. It is notable that Brar had also smashed quickfire 25 off just 17 balls with the help of a four and a couple of sixes to guide Punjab Kings to 179 in their allotted 20 overs. Harpreet Brar was roped in by Punjab Kings in 2019 for Rs 20 lakh. He is playing his third consecutive season for the same franchise.
Rajat Patidar (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Playing his maiden IPL season Patidar could not make most of the chances given to him. Patidar, who plays for Madhya Pradesh, has been a prolific batsman in first-class cricket since his debut in 2015. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) decided to pick him in the 2021 auction. In four matches the right-hand batsman could only score 71 runs at a strike rate of 114.51. His best of 31 also came in a losing cause. If the IPL gets rescheduled later this year then Rajat will aim to better his stats.
Marko Jansen (Mumbai Indians)
A very highly rated bowler in South Africa, young Marco Jansen impressed the Mumbai Indians as they snapped him in the 2021 Auctions for a base price of INR 20 lakhs. However, in the limited chances give by the MI team mangement Marko could not live up to the expectations. In the two matches and six overs that he bowled in it the South African could only take two wickets. Jansen featured in the South Africa U19 team on a tour to India in January 2019. After a brilliant first-class season, he got a call-up for the South African team.
Chetan Sakariya (Rajasthan Royals)
Rajasthan Royals is known for their talent hunting and Chetan Sakariya is one example of it. The pacer from Saurashtra was looking to make his maiden IPL a memorable one after being bought by RR for INR 1.20 Cr during the player auction ahead of the IPL 2021. The left-arm pacer picked seven wickets in seven games with a strike rate of 23.14 and an average of 31.71. His economy in IPL 2021 was 8.22. These stats certainly do not justify Sakariya’s perfomance in IPL 2021. He has bowled beautifully in the death as well as in the powerplay overs. At times he was just unlucky not to get any wicket. Riding on impressive performances in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy Chetan delivered for RR in IPL 2021.
Virat Singh (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
22-year old Virat Singh was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2020 IPL Auction for a whopping 1.9 crores at nearly ten times his base price. A dynamic left-hand batsman, Virat who has the ability to bat at the top of the order and finish games in the shortest format of the game, failed to deliver in the crunch situations in IPL 2021. Virat could only manage to score 15 runs in three games at a strike rate of 57.69. He was the leading run-scorer for Jharkhand in the 2019-20 Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament scoring 343 runs in 10 matches with an outstanding strike rate of 142.32.