Jhathavedh Subramanyan. (Photo Source: X(Twitter)
In a glaring turn of events during the IPL 2024 auctions, amidst the fervour for established stars like Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, a fresh and promising face emerged onto the scene. Jhathavedh Subramanyan, an uncapped player, secured a spot with the Sunrisers Hyderabad, signifying his imminent arrival on the grand stage of Indian cricket clad in the vibrant orange jersey.
Recognizing the pivotal role wrist spinners play in the shorter formats, Sunrisers Hyderabad sought out this coveted talent and managed to snap up Subramanyan for a mere 20 lakh base price. His allure lies in the knack for making an impact even on pitches notorious for favouring batters, a quality that caught the eye of the Hyderabad-based franchise.
The spotlight beamed on Subramanyan following his standout performance in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). Despite it being his debut season, the 23-year-old, who originally hails from Hong Kong but relocated to Chennai in 2021, dazzled brilliantly. His standout display of 4/21 in the final played a pivotal role in Lyca Kovai Kings seizing the coveted championship.
Before his foray into the Indian cricket circuit, Subramanyan honed his skills in the United Kingdom, where he pursued his high school and university education. Notably, he showcased his cricketing prowess in two First-Class matches for Durham Marylebone Cricket Club University (MCCU).
Operating in the classical style of leg-spin bowling, Subramanyan boasts an elegant and angular run-up. His artistry lies in bowling with finesse—employing variations in pace and relying on flight and deceptive turns to outfox the opposing batter. A testament to his skill was witnessed in the final showdown when he dismantled R. Sonu Yadav’s defense with a sharply spinning googly that left the right-hander clueless.
Behind this emerging talent stands the mentorship of former India leg-spinner L. Sivaramakrishnan, a guiding force since 2016. Subramanyan’s TNPL stint saw him bagging 11 crucial wickets at an impressive economy rate of 6.57, setting the stage for his highly anticipated entry into the world’s premier franchise league. As he braces himself for the challenge, eyes are fixed on this burgeoning talent set to leave his mark in the realm of top-flight cricket.