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5 Northeast cricketers who made a mark in this season

Amit Shukla

7 states from the Northeast played in the Plate group in both SMAT and VHT and some players made a mark and possibly pushed for a possible selection in the IPL mega auctions as well. If any of these cricketers are picked in any of the IPL squads, then it will be massive not just for the state the cricketer comes from, but for the region as a whole and also gives the IPL franchise a chance to have a strong fanbase in the Northeast. On that note, here’s a look at the 5 Northeast cricketers who made a mark in this season:

1) Amit Ali – Tripura

The 19-year-old leg-spinner had a dream start taking 10 wickets in his 3 matches in SMAT. He continued that form in VHT as well, taking 10 wickets at the group stage including 5/26 against Meghalaya in a must-win match and with an average of 8 and ER of 4.68 in T20 cricket. With wrist spinners in demand and age on his side, he can be a good backup option for the IPL franchises.

2) Imliwati Lemtur – Nagaland

29-year-old left-arm-spinner from Nagaland who has been an underrated player and a consistent performer for Nagaland since they were included in domestics continued his excellent run. Lemtur picked up 7 wickets in SMAT and 11 wickets in VHT and was also economical. With the IPL franchise looking for backup Indian slow-left-armer who can bat a bit, Imliwati Lemtur can be a good backup option for them.

3) Remruatdika Ralte – Mizoram

Some of the plate group matches were televised which included Mizoram vs Bihar. On his List A debut, pacer Remruatdika Ralte made a name for himself by taking 5/60 including 3 early wickets which put Bihar on the backfoot. Later, he took 2 more wickets to restrict Bihar to 222/8. Mizoram chased down the target to register one of the biggest wins in their short domestic cricket history. Overall, Remruatdika Ralte took 9 wickets in 4 matches in VHT.

4) Kishan Lyngdoh – Meghalaya

23-year-old opening batsman Kishan Lyngdoh of Meghalaya was impressive in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. In the match against a fancied Tripura side, he hit 85* off 62 balls to help Meghalaya beat Tripura by 10 wickets in SMAT. While he had a disappointing Vijay Hazare trophy, Lyngdoh struck 247 runs in 5 matches in SMAT with an average of 61.75 and strike rate of 142.77 to show that he can be one of the key local cricketers for Meghalaya in the coming years.

5) Bishworjit Konthoujam – Manipur

Pacer Bishworjit Konthoujam of Manipur is highly rated in the Northeast. While he didn’t perform like he would have wanted to against stronger teams, he did have memorable outings in the 2 matches against Arunachal, he took 4/23 in SMAT and 5/11 in VHT. Konthoujam would like to excel against the stronger teams in the Plate group in the future. He has impressive numbers in T20 and List A cricket. And can be signed up as a net bowler in the IPL which can help him improve.

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