Now that IPL 6 has come to a close, we take a look back at the matches where lesser-known Indian domestic players grabbed a slice of the limelight.
Jasprit Bumrah makes a splashThe little-known Jasprit Bumrah, a 19-year-old medium-pacer from Gujarat, was handed his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on April 4 to much surprise. Having conceded three fours in his first four deliveries, Bumrah picked up the wicket of RCB captain Virat Kohli in his first over. He then added Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair to finish with 3 for 32.
What was remarkable was how quickly Bumrah had been drafted from Gujarat's T20 team into the Mumbai franchise. On March 31, he picked up the Man-of-the-Match award in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, India's domestic Twenty20 competition, for excellent figures of 3-1-14-3. Former India coach John Wright, now in charge of Mumbai Indians, happened to be present at Indore. Within a couple days, Bumrah found himself sharing the dressing room with Sachin Tendulkar, Ponting and Harbhajan Singh. Come April 4, he was playing for the franchise in front of a packed stadium in Bangalore.
Mohit Sharma stuns Delhi Daredevils
Haryana fast bowler Mohit Sharma had an excellent second game for Chennai Super Kings against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla on April 18. The 24-year-old shared the new ball with Albie Morkel and finished with 3 for 10 in three overs as CSK hammered the home team by 86 runs.
Those three wickets all came inside the Powerplay - two in Sharma's first over- and left Delhi bruised and battered. His first wicket was David Warner, who was bowled for 1, and before the over was up Sharma won an lbw appeal against Manprit Juneja, though replays showed the ball would have probably missed the stumps. The biggest wicket came when Virender Sehwag top-edged a pull shot to deep square leg.
On the Sehwag dismissal, Mohit said: "I have played against him twice and he has hit me for runs. Since he is a compulsive puller, we decided to bowl him a short ball and what we did paid off." And how.
Hanuma Vihari scalps Chris Gayle
When Vihari, a part of the victorious India Under-19 team at the 2011 World Cup, was given the ball for the second over of Sunrisers Hyderabad's game against RCB on April 7, it was the first he was bowling in a Twenty20 game for three years. With his first ball, the part-time spinner got the wicket of Chris Gayle, edging to the wicketkeeper, perhaps surprising himself more than Gayle. Later in the night Vihari complied an unbeaten 44 as the match was tied; Hyderabad won the Super Over and the youngster was voted Man of the Match.
Gurkeerat Singh gets wings
The match between Pune Warriors and Kings XI Punjab on April 7 was overall a forgettable one - the hosts made 99 for 9 in 20 overs and Punjab won courtesy a no-ball that ruled out a superb catch on the boundary by T Suman. But one young man's efforts had fans and pundits gaping. Ross Taylor whipped a ball from Praveen Kumar off his pads and it looked to headed for the boundary, but sprinting into vision came Gurkeerat Singh who then took off the ground with an athletic dive and pouched the ball with both hands. The 22-year-old hit the grass with a thud but came up exuberant, having taken the catch of the tournament so far. It really was spectacular.
Sanju Samson grabs his chance
Eighteen-year-old Kerala batsman Sanju Samson's 41-ball 63 for Rajasthan Royals that helped chase down 182 against RCB made people sit up and notice. It was that good an innings. Samson, in his second IPL innings, struck the ball crisply and with an elegance belonging to far more seasoned batsmen. His first two deliveries were dispatched to the long-on and midwicket boundaries off front foot and back, setting in motion an eye-catching knock that resulted in Samson being voted Man of the Match. His consecutive sixes, flat and inside-out off Murali Kartik, were just sensational hits. This is one kid to watch out for.
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