Hyderabad, April 15: The Indian Premier League serves the noble purpose of allowing Indian domestic players to step out of obscurity into a glistening world of recognition. One such beneficiary who has obtained fame in the IPL has been young Bharat Chipli.
While his heroics in Deccan Chargers victory on Thursday against the Royal Challengers Bangalore may have been overshadowed by a fine bowling performance from his team-mates Manpreet Singh Gony and Dale Steyn, there is no denying that his 35-ball 61 was pivotal in the win. So who is this dashing upstart?
Chipli made his bones as opening batsman for the Karnataka Ranji team, arriving on the scene of India's domestic circuit in late 2005 at the age of 22. He gradually matured into the role and as of the last Ranji Trophy season, bore an average of 36.82.
With the onset of the IPL in 2008, he was picked up by the Vijay Mallya owned Bangalore Royal Challengers, but only played a handful of matches before getting bigger break with the Deccan Chargers in the ongoing IPL 4. He currently possess a good average of 28.16 in the League at a robust strike rate of 130.00.