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The IPL is the perfect platform for budding cricketers. Along with rubbing shoulders and sharing dress rooms with legends of the game, they also get a platform to showcase their talent and get the whole world to take notice. There are many youngsters who have seized their chances and gone on to get into the Indian national side, like Hardik Pandya, Shreyas Iyer, and Shardul Thakur.
With IPL 2018 looming around the corner, here's a look at 10 Indian cricketers who will do well to seize this opportunity:
Ever since he scored 351 in an Inter-District Under-16 tournament in 2014, Gill has been in the limelight. Consistent performances led him to win the BCCI's Best Junior Cricketer Award in 2014 and 2015. The vice-captain finished as India's top scorer in the successful Under-19 World Cup earlier this year with 372 runs from 6 matches. He will look to make more waves for KKR this season.
Interesting Stat: Shubman Gill won 3 Man of the Match awards at the 2018 U-19 World Cup.
Calm under pressure, Shorey's maiden first class century came when his side was 9/2. He also scored another brilliant ton albeit in a losing cause during Delhi's Ranji Trophy final defeat to Vidarbha. But at 25, with experience under his belt, he will be a real asset for Chennai Super Kings. Averaging 31.58, with a strike rate of 124.67 in T20s, Dhoni will have his eyes on this one.
Interesting Stat: Dhruv Shorey scored a century in a losing cause in the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy final vs Vidarbha.
On his IPL debut for Kings XI Punjab last season, he picked up the wickets of Uthappa and Gambhir, finishing with figures of 2/18 and also scored an unbeaten 15 off 8 balls to help his side beat KKR in a do-or-die encounter. He only got to play 2 other matches last season but the leg-spinner could be a real match winner for Delhi this time around.
Interesting Stat: Rahul Tewatia is a left-handed batsman but is a right-arm leg-break bowler.
The 28-year-old has played for RCB, KKR and Rajasthan without making much waves in the IPL. But he came alive in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 competition earlier this year, scoring 373 runs in 8 matches at an average of 53.28. The wicketkeeper-batsman struck 5 fifties in the tournament and that's what won him a place in the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad.
Interesting Stat: Shreevats Goswami struck 5 fifties in 8 matches during the 2018 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.
Everyone's been waiting for Shaw to arrive ever since he cracked 546 off 330 balls as a 14-year-old prodigy during an inter-school match in Mumbai in 2013. The 19-year-old struck 5 centuries during his maiden Ranji season and became the first person since Tendulkar to score a ton on Duleep Trophy debut. Having captained India to Under-19 World Cup glory earlier this year, Shaw will look to pile on the runs for Delhi this season.
Interesting Stat: As a 14-year old, Prithvi Shaw scored 546 off 330 balls (85 fours, 5 sixes) in the Harris Shield trophy in 2013.
Consistently bowling at around 145 kph, the 18-year-old will be a genuine asset for KKR. He picked up 9 wickets for India at this year's Under-19 World Cup and also became the first Rajasthan bowler to pick up a List A hat-trick last season. His impressive fielding at backward point and his hitting ability down the order makes him an all-around asset, especially in the T20 format.
Interesting Stat: Kamlesh Nagarkoti is the first cricketer from Rajasthan to claim a List A hat-trick.
The 25-year-old's career has been stunted by multiple injuries but he shrugged them off last season as he picked up 34 wickets in 8 matches for Delhi. He even traveled to South Africa as a backup bowler for the senior Indian team earlier this year. The lanky pacer will look to impress this season for RCB.
Interesting Stat: Navdeep Saini picked up 34 wickets in 8 matches for Delhi during the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy season.
With 14 wickets in 6 matches at an astounding average of 9.07, Anukul Roy finished as India's top wicket-taker during the victorious Under-19 World Cup campaign. Since Bihar does not play Ranji cricket, he move to Jharkhand and that's when his career took off. The leg-spinner will look to excel for Mumbai this season.
Interesting Stat: With 14 scalps, Anukul Roy was India's top wicket-taker at the 2018 U-19 World Cup tournament.
He was captain of the Under-19 that lost the 2016 final to West Indies. Having struggled in the tournament in Bangladesh, he made amends in Ranji cricket, scoring 799 runs for Jharkhand the following season. At 19, this could be the make-or-break season for him and the wicketkeeper-batsman will look to be among the runs for Mumbai.
Interesting Stat: Ishan Kishan 273 against Delhi during the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy is the highest score by a Jharkhand player.
The 19-year-old was India's second highest run-getter behind Shubman Gill during the recent Under-19 World Cup. But he ultimately stole the headlines with an unbeaten ton in the final against Australia. He has been snapped up by Delhi Daredevils and under Gambhir's captaincy, he hopes to help Delhi to their first-ever IPL title.
Interesting Stat: Manjot Kalra scored 101* in the 2018 U-19 World Cup final against Australia.