Manan Vohra: Why India Should Be Excited About New Kings XI Punjab Batsman

Alex TelferFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2014

Kings XI Punjab's Gurkeerat Singh is bowled out during an Indian Premier league cricket match against Delhi Daredevils in Dharmsala, India, Saturday, May 19, 2012. (AP Photo)
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Not many batsmen outscore Virender Sehwag in a partnership but Punjab's rising star Manan Vohra did just that in his team's victory over the Delhi Daredevils.

In fact when their opening stand was ended on 67, the 20-year-old had made 42 of them at a rapid rate, his second blistering 40+ score in just two IPL innings this season. 

With the business end of the campaign approaching, let's take a look at the youngster's career so far and what could lie ahead.

Vohra boasts a relatively modest first-class career average of 32.42 since making his debut in 2011, however, his skills seem more suited to the white ball formats of the game.

Strong off the front and back foot, he isn't afraid of hitting over the top early in the innings while some of of his leg side strokes also display impeccable timing.

One thing we don't know is whether he has the patience and concentration to record a big score with 47 his current highest total in T20 cricket.


T20 Innings: 16

Runs: 359

Average: 25.64

Strike rate: 152.76



In his first ever appearance for Kings XI, he blasted 43 off just 28 balls to help his side to a straightforward victory over Pune.

And while he only added another 118 runs in his next nine innings, he had shown enough to the powers that be in the Punjab hierarchy and was retained by Punjab in the 2014 auction.



This year he has had to be patient with the likes of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller smashing opposition bowling attacks to all parts and guiding Kings XI to the top of the IPL table.

However, when he finally got his chance, he took it, contributing 89 runs at a staggering strike rate of 228.20, while also producing one of the shots (apologies for the poor quality of footage in this clip) of the tournament.



Now, with the regular season dying down and Kings XI certain to play in the semi-finals, Vohra is going to have an even bigger stage to perform on. And the way he has performed so far who would bet against him excelling?

Longer term, Vohra seems a natural replacement for Sehwag at the top of the Punjab order. But he still needs to perform consistently before higher honours head his way. Watch this space.

*The main picture accompanying this article is not Manan Vohra but a Kings XI teammate.