‘Change is the only constant in life’ – the statement is so true. You may be down and out now but it’s not that you can’t bounce back. If you are putting in the hard work and moving in the right direction, you will get positive results no matter what. Now if you are thinking that it’s some sort of a philosophical article then it’s not. In this article, we will talk about the players who have turned things around in the most dramatic way in the last year.
1 – Mohammed Siraj – From being trolled as ‘Lord Siraj and a trainee from ‘Ashok Dinda’ academy, Siraj has come a long way. It was only in the last IPL that he was getting smacked all around the park. But look at him now, how he’s emerged as the leader of the attack for RCB and for India as well. Making his debut in Australia, Siraj led an inexperienced Indian attack and scripted a historic win for India. The confidence he gained from that tour can be seen in his bowling now. He’ll be a massive asset for India in the coming days.
2 – Devdutt Padikkal – Everytime you watch Devdutt Padikkal bat, you know that he is going to be the next big thing in Indian cricket. He had an impressive debut season of the Indian Premier League in 2020 and emerged as the leading run-scorer for RCB with 473 runs in 15 games. He then had a fantastic season of the Vijay Hazare trophy and scored over 800 runs. He’s got off to a blazing start in IPL 2021 and has already scored a hundred. Though there is still a long way for him to go, he has grown in stature in the last one year and is regarded as one of the best talents in the country at the moment.
3 – Shardul Thakur – Shardul Thakur was not too different from Mohammed Siraj. He made his debut in 2017 but could not cement his place in the Indian team as a permanent member, largely because of his inconsistency. Even in the last IPL, he was very disappointing and picked up just 10 wickets in 9 matches at an economy of 8.50. A string of injuries to the Indian bowlers forced Shardul Thakur in the Indian Test squad against Australia. Thakur made most of that opportunity and delivered impressive performances, not only with the ball but with the bat as well. The confidence of leading India to a test victory has done wonders to him. He’s now bowling with great control, he’s getting the ball to move, he’s increased his pace and looks a completely different bowler now.