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This edition of the IPL saw many young players leave an everlasting impression upon the minds of the spectators. The talent on show was of the top quality, be it batting, bowling or fielding. A lot was expected from the old timers but instead, the new guns took up the mantle to guide their franchisees to victory.

  1. Steve Smith: The Sydney Sixers captain was all over the field for Pune Warriors India. He not only batted with an outstanding strike rate, he also fielded like a superman. Many a times, he escorted his team out of trouble with his late hitting and out of the world fielding. He certainly is the next big thing for Australian cricket and is a definitely future captain material. He was the only positive in the whole PWI season.
  2. Faf du Plessis: Chennai Super Kings were really fortunate to have him till Michael Hussey arrived from the West Indies. This South African gave steady start to the batting and used the long handle when required. His fielding inside the ring was phenomenal. The catch he took to dismiss Tendulkat was the rated as one of the best catches of the tournament.
  3. Manvinder Bisla: After spending time with two other franchisees, Bisla finally settled in the KKR line up. Whenever he played, he had to cope with the pressure of expectation as he was replacing Brendan McCullum. The saved the best innings for the final when he almost guided his team to the total with an explosive knock.
  4. Parwinder Awana: The bowler from Kings XI Punjab was the centre of attraction whenever he played. He bowled with brisk pace and utmost consistency. He was the lone shining light in an otherwise dull Punjab campaign.
  5. Rohit Sharma: The young middle order batsman has many fans but has not done justice to his talent. This time around, he lit up the Eden Gardens with a magnificent century after hitting a last ball six against the Deccan Chargers. He will have to continue this good form in order to regain his place in the Indian middle order which already has some pretty strong contenders.

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Comment by Abhishek Pandey on June 2, 2012 at 13:08

Yes, he does.

Comment by cric_fan on May 31, 2012 at 8:59

i feel rahane also deserves credit.

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