Instant stardom: Boys who turned men
T. Suman, Siddharth Trivedi, Naman Ojha and Saurabh Tiwary have a long way to go before they win a national cap, but they have had their moments in the IPL, the biggest stage of T20 cricket. HT puts the spotlight on these unlikely heroes.cricket Updated: Apr 10, 2010 00:21 IST
T. Suman, Siddharth Trivedi, Naman Ojha and Saurabh Tiwary have a long way to go before they win a national cap, but they have had their moments in the IPL, the biggest stage of T20 cricket. HT puts the spotlight on these unlikely heroes.
T. Suman (DC)
Performance in IPL III: 9 matches, 200 runs, 116.95 SR
Wow moment: After a modest start, Suman found form against the Bangalore Royal Challengers in a match the Chargers had to win. His long, swirling blade repeatedly made good contact, as his 78 not out off 57 helped the Chargers overhaul a target of 185.
Siddharth Trivedi (RR) Performance in IPL III: 8 matches, 8 wkts, 6.85 ER
Wow moment: Royals' captain Shane Warne threw the ball to this right-arm medium-pacer with the Chargers needing six from six with three wickets in hand and Rohit Sharma batting on 71. A seemingly nerveless Trivedi picked up two wickets, including Sharma off the last ball, saw Jaskaran Singh run himself out and gave away only three runs.
Naman Ojha (RR)
Performance in IPL III: 11 matches, 352 runs, 141.36 SR
Wow moment: Ojha's surge towards the top of the run getters' list began with a knock of 80 against the Chennai Super Kings that set up a 17-run win in Ahmedabad. He went one better in the return match in Chennai, carrying his bat for 94 as the Royals came close to overhauling the Super Kings' tournament record total of 246.
Saurabh Tiwary (MI) Performance in IPL III: 9 matches, 264 runs, 134.01 SR
Wow moment: He has played bigger knocks in IPL III, but it was his 23-ball 31 against the Kings XI Punjab at Brabourne to help his side to a four-wicket win that stands out. His assault was well timed and was complimented by some big hitting from R. Sathish.