Who Is Tushar Deshpande And How He Made His IPL Debut For Delhi?: India’s sense of fast bowling always lingered around the fringes of 135 to 138 kays, a below-par figure vis-à-vis the pacers of the world. The man who sparked a renaissance in the speed guns for India was none other than one of their best pacers of all time, Javagal Srinath. He penned a new chapter in the history of Indian fast bowlers clocking regularly between 145 to 150 kays.
He was succeeded by two of India’s best fast bowling weapons who took India’s bowling unit to unfathomable heights as Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra changed the history of those speed guns forever. After they bade their good-byes to the Indian colours, the nation had to wait for another three years before Jasprit Bumrah arrived at the scene.
Bumrah has now established himself as one of the best bowlers of the world in a span of just 4 years and he continues to underline his brilliance with those regular yorkers hitting the deck at 150 plus kays.
However, India is currently looking up at a crop of young and exciting fast bowlers who are kissing speeds of 150 kays with consummate ease. Names like Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Prasidh Krishna and Kartik Tyagi are young guns who are already clocking speeds of 140 plus. This is a new breed of Indian fast bowlers who are aggressive and ruthless.
Another name got added to this exciting collection of brute pace and that is Tushar Deshpande. The youngster was already grabbing all the limelight in the domestic tournaments and now after his debut in IPL 2020 against Delhi Capitals, he has already started turning those eyeballs further.
The youngster couldn’t have had a better debut to his career as his first wicket of the fray was none other than one of the best all-rounders in the world, Ben Stokes. A short of length delivery startled the English man and before he could strike the ball properly, it was already pouched by Lalit Yadav.
The second wicket of the night for the youngster was an unfortunate Shreyas Gopal who could barely comprehend the pace and ended up holing to Lalit Yadav again. The youngster registered figures of 4-0-37-2.
When he started his cricketing journey he had a glaring problem of no-balls. Despite always being under the sword of Damocles, he managed to survive because of his brutal pace which has now turned into a rarity in cricket. Another knack of his honed his bowling into a much deadlier version and that was the proclivity of bowling those minatory yorkers consistently. We will look at five facts about this youngster who was an instant hit in his very first game.
Tushar Deshpande made his first five-wicket haul in List A cricket against a formidable Mumbai in his very maiden edition of 2018-19 Vijay Harare Trophy.
The youngster has 50 first-class wickets, 21 List A wickets and 33 T20 wickets.
He is also a handy batsman that saw him scoring a phenomenal 62 in a first-class game and he has struck a staggering 27 boundaries in his 27 first-class matches.
The wunderkind has impressive figures with the ball as he has so far chronicled 3 first-class 5-wicket hauls and 3 first-class four-wicket hauls. He has also one fifer in List A cricket and two four-wicket hauls in T20’s.
Tushar idolizes iconic South African fast bowler Dale Steyn as his inspiration and has been bagged by Delhi Capitals for INR 20 lakh in IPL 2020.