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IPL: Summer of discontent for young Indian cricketers

Many younger Indian cricketers have been desperate to sizzle in the IPL. However, the coronavirus outbreak and the all-India lockdown has postponed the glitzy match indefinitely.

TOI spoke to four such talented 'wonderkids,' to learn the way they're dealing with it and keeping their chin up...


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Bought for Rs 2.40 cr by way of the Rajasthan Royals at the public sale, Yashasvi Jaiswal was once taking a look to carry at the blazing shape he confirmed in the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa, the place he cracked 400 runs in six games at a Bradmanesque reasonable of 133.33, in the IPL. However, the 18-year-old has now been compelled to chill his heels.

"At the moment, the whole world is fighting against coronavirus. It's so unfortunate that these things are happening. This is the worst human crisis in history and so people's safety always comes first. I pray that we get out of this phase as soon as possible. I'm also praying for the people who are working very hard to safeguard all of us," Jaiswal tells TOI.

Missing out at the IPL has naturally been disappointing for the stylish left-hander. "I was really excited to play in the IPL for the first time and that too for the Royals. My preparation was very good. I was getting runs everywhere, including the Under-19 World Cup. I was eagerly waiting to meet the world's top international cricketers like Jos Buttler, Steve Smith and top coaches like the legendary Shane Warne. I was eager to understand how these top international players prepare before big games, and how I can learn from them," he rues.

Explaining how he's using this undesirable smash, Jaiswal says: "I am doing my regular workouts and meditation at home. My coach (cum mentor) Jwala (Singh) sir is giving me a lot of vital lessons about life and also about the game. He told me that I must utilize this time to develop some small habits which are very important to be focused and positive in tough situations. I am trying to make a note of these things. I've come to know how our habits are so important in life," he concludes.


From fifth equipment to first equipment, existence has abruptly implemented brakes on Ravi Bishnoi's profession. The 2020 Under-19 World Cup leggie, who left everyone in awe of his talent to bowl deceptive incorrect'uns, is homebound for the reason that flagship match ended in February in South Africa. IPL was once his subsequent prevent, and cluelessly he is questioning what awaits subsequent as the sector fights the Covid-19 pandemic. "I was so pumped up after the World Cup outing and badly wanted to unleash my skills in the IPL, but now I will have to wait. I cannot complain as everyone is facing a similar situation. I was thinking that if I do well in the IPL, I may get noticed by the national selectors," mentioned the 19-year-old, who's in Jodhpur, his house district in Rajasthan. The spinner was once picked up by way of Kings XI Punjab for Rs2 crore during the public sale held in December.

"Due to family commitments, I came back home from South Africa and even missed out on a 15-day camp organised by the National Cricket Academy (NCA). I was scheduled to participate in a Kings XI training camp from March 18, but then the lockdown happened," mentioned the leg-spinner, who was once the best wicket-taker in the World Cup the place he scalped 17 wickets in six fits. The camp did not happen and Bishnoi additionally overlooked out on interacting with legendary former skipper Anil Kumble, who's the top coach of KXIP. "I was looking forward to speaking with Anil sir and learning the tricks of the trade from him. I hope that the IPL happens and I get to interact with him," mentioned the leggie.

To care for health ranges, Bishnoi works out on his terrace on a daily basis for an hour and follows the time table charted out for him by way of the Rajasthan Cricket Association's (RCA) physio and instructor. "The association has formed a group of cricketers where I am also there. The regime we have been asked to follow has different exercises on different days and it includes - yoga, agility training, free weight workout, body weight workout etc. We also have to send videos of our workout for review," added the teenager.


After a breakthrough Ranji season for Mumbai, wherein he scored 928 runs in just six games at a fantastic reasonable of 154.66, Sarfaraz Khan was once itching to blow their own horns his wares in the IPL. A just right performance in the match can even have put him in contention for a spot in India's T20 World Cup staff. Bought by way of Kings XI Punjab for Rs 25 lakh, he may have fetched a lot more. "I was in Bhopal (for a local T20 tournament) when the IPL was postponed initially, and abbu (and his coach, Naushad Khan) came to pick me up in his car all the way from Mumbai. He said: 'Let's go to my village (Azamgarh) for four-five days,' I had no clue that the lockdown will last for so long. As I was in such great form, it's disappointing that the IPL hasn't happened till now, but I can understand that the BCCI's top priority is that everyone should be safe before we play the tournament. What they've done is right. On my part, I can only control what's in my hands," Sarfaraz tells NewsTread from Chhatarpur village, his maternal house, 17 kms from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.

So, how is he trying to practise in the current cases? "I was doing my batting practice on our terrace with a practice ball, with abbu having innovated to create a special 'net' for me. However, from today, Ramzan has started. So, I'm doing my batting drill with a hanging ball. After iftari, I do a bit of fitness exercises," says the 22 year-old.

Like most cricket fanatics, the talented teenager is watching old fits. "I'm watching old videos of legendary players to motivate myself. I get to learn a lot by watching great batsmen like Viv Richards hitting hundreds," he says. "I'm just praying that the virus havoc ends, and everyone stays safe," he adds.


Bought for Rs 20 lakh by way of the Rajasthan Royals, Riyan Parag, at 17 years and 175 days, turned into the youngest batsman to score a fifty in the history of the IPL, closing 12 months. Touted as RR's find of the season, the Assamese youngster put in a decent performance in the 2019 IPL, scoring 160 runs in seven games at a median of 32, and a strike charge of 126.98. He additionally picked up a couple of wickets along with his bag of googlies, carrom balls and cutters.

After his 43 off 29 balls in a chase towards Mumbai Indians, Steve Smith tipped the 17-year-old for a vibrant long run. This time, the younger turk must've been willing to build on his positive factors, ahead of his hopes have been dashed. "We are definitely going through a very unfamiliar time, and it feels absolutely strange not having to go to the cricket field at this time of the year. However, to win against this virus we have to prioritize human safety," Parag tells NewsTread from Guwahati.

He's making an attempt his very best to profit from the existing state of affairs. "For me, it has been difficult to be away from what I love doing the most, but I have managed a way out to train and keep myself in shape and also placing a lot of attention on maintaining a proper diet. I hope that all is well and we can halla bol (RR's official theme) soon," he stresses.

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