Prithvi Saw, Sandeep Lamichhane, Delhi Daredevils, Henrich Klaseen, D'Arcy Short, Shubman Gill
Prithvi Shaw and Sandeep Lamichhane © Delhi Daredevils

While the franchises retained or recalled several tried and tested names in the auctions, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction also included several surprises. Several new faces are all set to make their debut this season. The India Under-19 team with their impressive performance in World Cup had already attracted many eyeballs. The increasing fan base of other leagues and impressive international debuts have guided many youngsters to IPL. Here is the list of top 10 debut players of IPL 2018:

Heinrich Klaasen (Rajasthan Royals): Klaasen made his debut for South Africa in the recent limited-overs series against India. He was included in the squad as a replacement to an injured Quinton de Kock. Klaasen smashed a 27-ball 43* in the fourth ODI guiding the team to victory. On April 2, BCCI officially approved Klaasen to replace Steven Smith for RR. Can Klaasen make full use of this replacement chance and go big?

Prithvi Shaw (Delhi Daredevils): Shaw made headlines when he was repeatedly compared with Sachin Tendulkar after scoring a plethora of hundreds in domestic cricket. Earlier this year he led India Under-19s to the World Cup title. His impressive stroke-play and ability to score big makes him a match winner. Shaw was acquired by DD for INR 1.2 crores. Given a chance Shaw would not miss out to grab it with both hands.

D’Arcy Short (Rajasthan Royals): Short was named Player of the Tournament in this season’s BBL. His 578 for Hobart Hurricanes is the most runs scored by anyone in a single BBL edition. He made his T20I debut for Australia as well, and was named Man of the Match for scoring 76 off 44 and guiding Australia to record the highest run-chase in T20Is (244). Short was bagged by RR for INR 4 crores. He could open the batting and provide a good start to the team.

Shubman Gill (Kolkata Knight Riders): Gill was the rising star in India’s journey to World Cup title. He ended as the most-run scorer for India and second overall in the tournament with 372 runs in 6 matches. He was awarded as the Player of the Tournament and even named rising star of the squad by ICC. Gill was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 1.8 crores.

Mitchell Santner (Chennai Super Kings): Santner has won many matches for New Zealand with the ball and is now doing the same with bat as well. In the first ODI against England, he smashed 45 off 27 to clinch a last-over thriller. He also has 29 wickets from 27 T20Is at an economy of 7.14. Santner was purchased for INR 50 lakhs by CSK. However, his participation in the first few games seems doubtful due to a knee injury.

Sandeep Lamichhane (Delhi Daredevils): Lamichhane was the star bowler for Nepal in ICC World Cricket League Division Two, where he was awarded Man of the Tournament. He was the most economical bowler and picked up most wickets (17 in 6 matches). He has turned many games with his leg-spin guiding Nepal to victory. ICC has also named him rising star of Nepal’s squad. Mentored by Michael Clarke, Lamichhane was bagged by DD for INR 20 lakhs. He will be all set to shine against some very big names in cricket.

Lungi Ngidi (Chennai Super Kings): Ngidi came into limelight when he took 6 for 39 on Test debut (including the wicket of Virat Kohli) against India. He was roped into the squad as replacement to an injured Dale Steyn. He had made his debut in the shortest format back in January 2017, against Sri Lanka. In his second match he had picked up 4 for 19, but has been out of the T20I squad since that series. Ngidi was bagged by CSK for INR 50 lakhs.

Mujeeb Zadran (Kings XI Punjab): Mujeeb Zadran (or Mujeeb Ur Rehman) was the first 21st-century-born to play international cricket, and is the youngest to take a five-wicket haul. He played a vital role in Afghanistan’s journey to ICC World Cup Qualifier title this year. Along with Rashid Khan, Mujeeb has formed a dangerous leg-spin combination for Afghanistan. With Rashid being a hit in IPL, we can expect the same from Mujeeb. Mujeeb was bought for INR 4 crores by KXIP. Can he turn around his fortune and make his mark in IPL?

Jofra Archer (Rajasthan Royals): Just like Short, Archer rose to fame in the 2018 BBL. He was among the highest wicket-takers, with 16 wickets in 12 matches with an impressive economy of 7.96. In his overall T20 career he has picked up 50 wickets in 41 matches with a strike rate of 17.6. He was bagged in by RR for a whopping INR 7.20 crores.

Tom Curran (KKR): Curran was roped in by KKR as replacement for an injured Mitchell Starc. Curran had made his T20I debut in June 2017 against South Africa where he picked 3 for 33. His T20I economy reads 9.28, but with his variation and pace he can prove to be a great asset for the team. He recently picked his maiden five-wicket in the last ODI against Australia.

Apart from these ten, there are many other players who would be making their IPL debut. Under-19 Indian players like Manjot Kalra, Shivam Mavi, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy and Kamlesh Nagarkoti will be among players to look out for.