So far in IPL 2015, the best bowling figures by an uncapped Indian is 4 for 25 by Sandeep Sharma © IANS
So far in IPL 2015, the best bowling figures by an uncapped Indian is 4 for 25 by Sandeep Sharma © IANS

Sandeep Sharma took 4 for 25 for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 18, 2015. Bharath Seervi lists the best bowling figures by uncapped Indian players in Indian Premier League (IPL). IPL 2015 Highest run-scorer: List of best batsmen in IPL 8

The youngsters play in the IPL to showcase their talent in front of international cricketers (both Indian and overseas), international coaches and managers. Many of them have been successful in doing so with some brilliant performances in a match or two or in the whole season, while some missed the opportunity. IPL 2015 Highest wicket-taker: List of best bowlers in IPL 8

In the past seven IPL seasons, there have been many good bowling performances by the uncapped young players from all over the country. Few of them got to wear the Indian jersey, while others are still trying for their moment. IPL 2015 Points Table & Team Standings

In the eighth season, the best bowling figures by someone who is yet to represent India is 4 for 25 by KXIP’s right arm pacer Sandeep Sharma against KKR on April 18, 2015. He is the only uncapped player to take four wickets in a match this season so far. Others who have taken three wickets in an innings are: Anureet Singh (3 for 23 for KXIP against RR) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3 for 40 for RCB against CSK). IPL 2015 Most 6s and 4s: List of most dangerous batsmen in IPL 8

There have been many four-wicket hauls by uncapped players across the eight IPL seasons, Let us see how many changed from uncapped players to capped players. IPL 2015 most dismissals by wicketkeeper: List of best wicketkeeper in IPL 8

4 or more wickets in an innings by uncapped Indian players in IPL

Player Figures Overs Econ Team Against Ground Date
Ajit Chandila 4/13 4 3.25 RR PWI Jaipur 13-May-12
Sreenath Aravind 4/14 4 3.50 RCB KXIP Chinnaswamy 06-May-11
Rajat Bhatia 4/15 2.4 5.62 DD DC Kingsmead 13-May-09
Pawan Negi 4/18 4 4.50 DD RR Jaipur 01-May-12
Amit Singh 4/19 4 4.75 RR RCB Centurion 07-May-09
KP Appanna 4/19 4 4.75 RCB RR Jaipur 23-Apr-12
Pravin Tambe 4/20 4 5.00 RR RCB Abu Dhabi 26-Apr-14
Shadab Jakati 4/22 4 5.50 CSK DC East London 04-May-09
Bhargav Bhatt 4/22 2.5 7.76 KXIP MI Mohali 10-May-11
Shadab Jakati 4/24 4 6.00 CSK DD New Wanderers 02-May-09
Siddharth Trivedi 4/25 4 6.25 RR RCB Chinnaswamy 15-Apr-12
Sandeep Sharma 4/25 4 6.25 KXIP KKR Pune 18-Apr-15
Paul Valthaty 4/29 4 7.25 KXIP DC Hyderabad 16-Apr-11
Parvinder Awana* 4/34 4 8.50 KXIP RCB Mohali 20-Apr-12
Yo Mahesh 4/36 4 9.00 DD MI Kotla 24-May-08
Karn Sharma 4/38 4 9.50 SRH KKR Eden Gardens 24-May-14
Vinay Kumar* 4/40 4 10.00 RCB CSK Chinnaswamy 23-Mar-10
Karanveer Singh 4/54 4 13.50 KXIP KKR Chinnaswamy 01-Jun-14

* Represented India later.

–          Unfortunately, only two players — Vinay Kumar and Parvinder Awana — have gone on to play for India.

–          Sreenath Aravind was the third highest wicket taker in the 2011 season with 21 wickets.

–          Shadab Jakati achieved it in consecutive matches. He is the pnly uncapped Indian to do so.

–          Paul Valthaty also scored 75 runs when batting in the match (he had scored an unbeaten 120 in the last game) which is indeed the best all-round performance by an uncapped Indian player in IPL.

–          Sandeep Sharma’s figures were the only one to include a maiden over among the above 19 occasions.

–          Five of the above performances are for KXIP, four each for RR and DD.

–          Karanveer Singh’s 4 for 54 came in the finals of the 2014 IPL for KXIP against KKR.

–          There were two such instances in 2008, four in 2009, one in 2010, three in 2011, five in 2012, none in 2013, three in 2014 and so far one in 2015. IPL 2015 Leading fielders: List of Best fielders in IPL 8

There were 11 instances of four or more wickets in an IPL match in the 2008 season. Eight of those by overseas bowlers; out of three by Indians two were by uncapped players. It will probably be a good idea to give the players chance to represent the national team after such efforts. IPL 2015 schedule: IPL 8 match time table with venue details

Footnote Trivia:

Siddharth Trivedi (65) and Rajat Bhatia (63) are the only bowlers who have picked up more than 50 wickets in IPL history and yet to wear the Indian blue jersey. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at @SeerviBharath and on Facebook here)