IPL has proven to be an important platform for many youngsters, who got to showcase their talent and make a mark for themselves in the cricketing world.IPL 2021 will also witness many youngsters who will aim to make the most of every opportunity given to them by their respective franchises.
In 2019, Prayas Ray Barman etched his name in history by becoming the youngest debutant in the history of the IPL, as he turned out for Royal Challengers Bangalore at the age of 16 years and 157 days. Signed up in the 2019 IPL auction for a whopping ₹1.5 crores, Barman made just a solitary appearance for RCB, but for a teenager to accomplish such a feat is commendable, to say the least.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman was a hot property going into the 2018 IPL auction and the Afghani spinner sparked a massive bidding war, as he attracted a lucrative bid from the Kings XI Punjab. Having made a name for himself at the age of 16 in 2017, when he became the first male cricketer born in the 21st century to make his national team debut, Mujeeb made headlines once again when he became the youngest player in history to scalp a 5 wicket haul in an ODI match.
Riyan Parag was one of the revelations of the 2019 edition of the IPL, as the youngster became a key player for his side in the business end of the season. Despite being a member of India’s 2018 U19 World Cup-winning squad, Parag was an unknown commodity going into the 2019 auction and was picked up for his base price of 20 lakhs INR by Rajasthan Royals.
Having made a name for himself as an aggressive batsman for Mumbai in the domestic circuit, Sarfaraz Khan was signed up as a 17-year-old in 2015 and made his IPL debut for RCB that year, as he was touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket.
Abhishek Sharma was part of Indias triumphant World Cup U-18 squad and was snapped up by Delhi Daredevils at the time for ₹55 lakhs. While the youngster was largely a benchwarmer that season, he announced himself to the IPL in some style, as he scored a blistering 46 of just 19 balls.