The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League is just knocking on the door and the excitement is getting bigger with each passing day. The IPL auction earlier this year made the headlines all over the cricketing fraternity and the teams that the franchises assembled are now raring to go.
IPL has been a breeding ground for several youngsters ever since its inception. Not just Indian players but numerous overseas players have been benefitted from the exposure and have gone on to make it big on the international stage. This year too, there are some exciting talents who are on the verge of making their IPL debuts.
Let’s take a look at the 5 new-comers to watch out for in IPL 2018:
#1 Darcy Short
The Australian left-hander was the standout player from the last edition of the Big Bash League where he emerged as the top run-getter as well as won the Player of the Tournament award. He was a hot candidate in the auction which a lot of franchises were looking to bag. Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils were involved in a bidding war with Rajasthan Royals but the latter managed to pick him for INR 4 crores.
Now that Steve Smith is barred from playing in the IPL 11, it gives an opportunity for Darcy Short to be prominent in the playing XI. He is a hard-hitting batsman at the top of the order and can win games on his own. His left-arm spin is an added advantage and he can give RR 2-3 overs regularly which make him one of the players to look out for in this season.