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  • Writer's pictureSaurabh Nagpal

IPL 2021: Avesh Khan’s Coming-Of-Age Season

Updated: Jun 23, 2021


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This article was published by Sportz O'Clock on May 15, 2021.


Players like R. Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, and more recently, newcomers like Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Chahar, and T. Natarajan, for all of them, the IPL was the platform that allowed them to express themselves and make the jump to the biggest stage. And honestly, this list is not exhaustive, there are many more like them who adorned the national colors because the IPL highlighted their talent. The ability of the IPL to empower and employ numerous domestic cricketers while also providing them with a space to springboard into the national side is truly special, both for the players and the Indian cricket ecosystem.

Like every previous season, there was an abundance of heartening displays from local players and lesser-known names. There was the commanding second-coming of Prithvi Shaw, the emergence of Chetan Sakariya, the purple-cap acquisition of Harshal Patel, and an exhibition of strokeplay from the young Devdutt Padikkal, among other uplifting storylines. But, it was Avesh Khan’s coming-of-age that perhaps triumphs over all these other performances.

Avesh, who made his IPL debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2017, was procured by Delhi Capitals (DC) next season for ₹75 lakh and has stayed with the franchise ever since. While he had only featured in eight games and grabbed merely four wickets over the course of three previous seasons, this time around he became a mainstay in the playing XI, appearing in all eight games and becoming the joint second-highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 14 scalps.



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