Youngest players in IPL

Young cricket players all across the world benefit from the Indian Premier League (IPL). Since its founding in 2008, the league has provided numerous avenues for young people to display their abilities and make substantial money. In the first IPL season, in 2008, 21-year-old Suresh Raina proved his batting prowess for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and returned to the Indian squad.

Young players will be the focus of attention in the forthcoming competition once more because a handful of them secured large contracts at the 2024 IPL auction in Dubai. At the business event, uncapped players Kumar Kushagra and Sameer Rizvi were sold for INR 7.20 crore and INR 8.49 crore, respectively. The forthcoming league edition will feature a comprehensive examination of these two players. Some other young people will also have the opportunity to showcase their cricketing skills and rise to prominence in this sport alongside them. Let’s find out who the youngest player on each side is: 

IPL 2024 youngest players:

5. Shaik Rasheed – Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

In the 2023 IPL auction, Andhra Pradesh’s promising batter Shaik Rasheed piqued the eye of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The young player was brought in for INR 20 lakh, but they did not use him for the whole season. The gifted young player was picked by Chennai for the upcoming Indian Premier League season, following his outstanding batting display in the 2023–24 Syed Mushtaq Trophy.

With an incredible strike rate of 145.45, the 19-year-old scored 240 runs in six innings in seven matches while wearing the Andhra jersey. Since Rasheed would be the youngest member of CSK’s IPL 2024 squad, the team management may decide to allow him to establish himself in the impending IPL season. 

4. Swastik Chikara – Delhi Capitals (DC)

During the Dubai auction, batter Swastik Chikara of Uttar Pradesh was signed by the Delhi Capitals (DC) for the 2024 Indian Premier League. He was purchased by the Capitals for INR 20 lakh, but the team management will want him to prove his batting prowess and establish himself as a key member of the squad.

Chikara debuted in his own country just days before the 2024 Indian Premier League auction in Dubai. In six List A games, the right-handed hitter has made 200 runs at a strike rate of 109.28 with a tonne of runs scored for Uttar Pradesh. The eldest player on DC’s squad is eighteen years old. 

3. Saurav Chauhan- Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

Saurav Chauhan, a batsman for Gujarat’s top order, will join the RCB side for the 2024 Indian Premier League. In the 2024 IPL auction, which took place in Dubai, RCB paid INR 20 lakh to secure the young player’s services. Chauhan has been involved in domestic cricket since 2021 and has represented Gujarat in 19 Twenty20 matches during this time.

He has made 19 appearances and amassed 464 runs at a strike percentage of 152.13. He amassed 251 runs at an impressive strike rate of 184.55 during the 2023–24 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, displaying remarkable batsmanship. At 23 years old, Chauhan will be the youngest member of the RCB team in 2024. 

2. Angkrish Raghuvanshi – Kolkata Knight Rides (KKR)

In the 2024 Indian Premier League auction, the 18-year-old Mumbai player Angkrit Ranghuvanshi was one of ten players purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). At the auction, he joined KKR for INR 20 lakh. In the 2024 IPL, Raghuvanshi will aim to perform incredible feats with his bat.

Narayan Jagadessan was an opener for the Knight Riders the previous season, but he was unable to provide consistent results for the team. The gifted 18-year-old batter will also be the KKR’s youngest player, and with his future in mind, the team’s management may assign him to open games alongside Jason Roy in 2024. 

1. Dewald Brevis -Mumbai Indians (MI)

Dewald Brevis joined the Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2022, however, he has only participated in seven games during these two years. He made his debut in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League, scoring 161 runs with a strike rate of 142.48 in seven matches. Nevertheless, the team management did not give him a single appearance in 2023.

Despite being the youngest player on the MI squad, Brevis can still have a significant impact on the team when batting in the top order. In the top order, he can rack up runs quickly alongside Ishan Kishan and the seasoned Rohit Sharma. 

List of Youngest players in the IPL History

Many would-be cricket players who haven’t played for their country yet are excited to participate in the auction in the hopes of attracting the attention of a team that would allow them to showcase their abilities and possibly play on the international scene. Young talent is known to get the opportunity to learn from seasoned international cricket players through the IPL. Before joining the Indian squad, players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, and Virat Kohli began their careers in the Indian Premier League. Here are five of the youngest players that have ever participated in the Indian Premier League: 

5. Abhishek Sharma

At the age of just 17 years and 251 days, Abhishek Sharma made his IPL debut with the Delhi Capitals on May 12, 2018, taking against RCB at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Abhishek Sharma was acquired by the Delhi Daredevils (formerly the Delhi Capitals) for Rs 55 crore at the 2018 IPL auction. With four sixes and three fours in his remarkable 46 not out off 19 balls, he made his arrival known. Sunrisers Hyderabad player Abhishek Sharma is expected to take part in the IPL 2022 super auction.

4. Sarfaraz Khan

2015 saw Sarfaraz Khan, who made his IPL debut at the youngest age ever, begin his career with RCB. He made a significant impression at the age of just 17 years and 177 days. He was the only uncapped player to keep IPL points in the following season. He currently holds the record for being the fourth-youngest player to make an IPL debut. He also played for India in the 2014 and 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cups. When Sarfaraz scored an astounding 439 runs off 421 balls in the Harris Shield match, everyone’s attention was drawn to him. Sachin Tendulkar’s 45-year record was shattered by this outstanding performance. 

3. Riyan Parag

At the 2019 IPL auction, the Rajasthan Royals signed Assamese cricketer Ryan Barrack for a starting salary of INR 20 million. He played against Chennai Super Kings on April 11, 2019, his 17th and 152nd IPL match. At just 17 years and 175 days, Barrack broke the previous record of 18 years and 169 days held by Sanju Samson and Prithvi Shah to become the youngest player in IPL history to smash a fifty. Rajasthan let him leave before of the IPL 2022 mega auction, however, the Rajasthan Royals eventually picked him up in the 2022 IPL auction.

2. Mujeeb Ur Rahman

At the age of just 16 years and 325 days, Afghan cricketer Mujibur Rahman made history by being the first player born in the twenty-first century to play on the international cricket scene. He stunned everyone with his abilities not long after making his debut. He was signed by Kings XI Punjab after they noticed his skills during the 2018 IPL auction. Mujibur Rahman, then 17 years and 11 days old, made his IPL debut on April 8, 2018, making history as the youngest player in the competition.

1. Prayas Ray Barman

West Bengal-born Indian cricketer Prayas Ray Barman is the youngest player in IPL history. At the age of barely 16 years and 157 days, he made his Royal Challengers Bangalore debut. During the 2019 IPL player auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore paid an incredible 1.5 billion to get him. He made 19 runs in one game but, regrettably, gave up 56 runs in his four overs without taking a wicket.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) Which of the IPL 2024 players is the youngest?

The youngest player in the Indian Premier League 2024 auction is Allah Ghazanfar. Afghanistan’s 16-year-old Allah Ghazanfar has been added to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 roster in place of the injured Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

2) Which IPL player is the oldest?

MS Dhoni

3) Who held the title of IPL’s youngest captain?

Cricketer Virat Kohli.

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