New Delhi: It's not always the batsman's game, this T20 cricket. As Anil Kumble proved in chilly South Africa last year with a five-wicket haul, it's not beyond the bowlers to rediscover themselves by adding new tricks to their trade. The new Indian bowlers on show have done just that by making the right heads turn to stake a claim in the national team.
Ashok Dinda and Manpreet Gony have already made it to the Indian squad on the basis of their performances in first edition of the IPL. This year, R Vinay Kumar has made it to the Indian World T20 squad. Here we look at the five finest bowlers who can make a mark in international cricket soon.
Umesh Yadav: The Delhi Daredevils bowler is one of the finest prospects for the future. The young tearaway has got raw pace, just what India has been craving for since Ishant Sharma lost his. He has taken his chances very well and has taken crucial wickets to change the course of matches. These are early days yet, but Yadav has easily been the fastest Indian bowler in the IPL so far.
R Vinay Kumar: This year Bangalore's R Vinay Kumar has made the cut for the World T20 Championship squad with his consistent performances in both domestic cricket and in this edition of the IPL. He has been by far the best Indian bowler on show in the IPL. He has the knack of taking crucial wickets and has the ability to use the new ball very well. The biggest weapon he has is the slower bouncer and great control in his change of pace.
Shadab Jakati: Chennai Super Kings' left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati has made it to the spotlight with a consistent bowling performance over the last two IPLs. This Goa-based spinner used his guile effectively on South African pitches and was crucial for Chennai's surge. He has made most of the opportunity provided to him by Chennai and surely will give selectors some selection headaches in the future.
Siddharth Trivedi: Siddharth Trivedi is on a roll these days. The lanky pacer has played a pivotal role in Rajasthan Royals' success this season with his consistent bowling spells. Trivedi has bagged six wickets so far and has been economical at the same time as well. A key member of the victorious Royals outfit in 2008, Trivedi has recreated his form with clever variations and quick thinking.
Jaskaran Singh: This Deccan Chargers pacer has shown a lot of promise and talent in this edition of the IPL. His spell against Sachin Tendulkar would forever be etched in his memory. He has bowled well within himself but has made most of his opportunities, with often Adam Gilchrist entrusting him to use the new ball. The medium-pacer also bowled a crucial final over to hand Deccan a nail-biting win over Kings XI Punjab in Cuttack.