IPL 2021 was officially suspended by the BCCI on Tuesday, May 4, when players from several teams tested positive for COVID-19. KKR’s Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy tested positive for the virus on Monday due to which their fixture against RCB was rescheduled. CSK’s Lakshmipathy Balaji and the bus cleaner tested positive for the virus on two consecutive days. Wriddhiman Saha (SRH) and Amit Mishra (DC) were the latest two players to contract the virus. After looking at the increasing number of cases, BCCI took the extreme step of postponing the tournament for the time being. IPL 2021 commenced on April 9, things went smoothly till the two Knight Riders players tested positive on May 3. IPL is the place where talent meets opportunities and several uncapped players over the years have grabbed that opportunity and made a name for themselves in the world of cricket. Let’s have a look at the three uncapped players of IPL 2021 before it was suspended:
1. Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel was having a great season of IPL before the tournament was suspended indefinitely, he was the highest wicket-taker of the season and was the purple cap owner. The RCB pacer pocketed 17 wickets in seven matches at an average of 15.12. Patel was Virat Kohli’s go-to bowler in the death overs. The 30-year-old uncapped pacer delivered numerous times at the back end of the innings and restricted the opponents from scoring runs.
2. Avesh Khan
It is safe to say that Avesh Khan has been the find of the season and has emerged as the leading pacer for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021. Khan played eight matches out of which he pocketed 14 wickets at a healthy average of 16.50. The DC pacer managed to pick wickets of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli in IPL 2021. The 24-year-old pacer could play a major role in the DC’s bowling line up in the remainder of the season which may take place later this year.
3. Chetan Sakariya
Chetan Sakariya was bought by Rajasthan Royals for INR 1.2 cr in the IPL auction 2021. The pacer pocketed three wickets in his first IPL game and announced his arrival. The 22-year-old bowler grabbed seven wickets in seven games at an economy rate of 8.22. The left-arm pacer managed to break partnerships in the middle overs along with preventing the opponents from scoring runs at the back end of the innings.