A hard-hitting, explosive, left-handed wicket-keeper batter who bats in the middle-order, 18-year-old Aravelly Avanish was recently in the spotlight for his extraordinary effort in a game in the Quadrangular series last month.
Chasing 376, India ‘A’ U19 were reeling at 95/5, but Avanish, in what was a superhuman effort, smashed 163 off just 93 balls to take his side over the line. The incredible knock saw the left-hander smash 12 sixes.
With that kind of hitting ability in the locker, one can understand why Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bagged the teenager for his base price of 20 lakh.
The 18-year-old, who hails from Hyderabad, has already built a reputation of being a destroyer in the middle-order: in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy this year, he smashed 274 runs in 6 innings at a strike rate of 148.10. It was the highest among batters who amassed 200+ runs in the competition.
Avanish made his List A debut for Hyderabad last month. He is yet to find his feet at the senior level but rest assured, he is a player to watch out for. The left-hander recently featured in the U19 Asia Cup for India and is expected to be India's first-choice wicket-keeper at the U19 World Cup in South Africa next month.
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