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Neiphiu Rio extends ‘best wishes’ to Khrievitso Kense, youngest player shortlisted for IPL auction

KOHIMA: 16-year-old Khrievitso Kense from Nagaland recently brought laurels to the state after he became the youngest player shortlisted for the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in 2021.

Meanwhile, the state’s chief minister Neiphiu Rio has extended his best wishes to the teen sensation and hoped that he would get picked up by a team. “My best wishes to Khrievitso Kense from Nagaland, the youngest Indian player to be shortlisted for #IPL2021Auction. I hope he gets picked by a great franchisee that will perform excellently in the  @IPL 2021,” Rio wrote in a team.

The 16-year-old leg-spinner had impressed many with his bowling performances in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020-21, where he emerged as one of the standout performers.

He played four matches for his side and took seven wickets. His bowling average was 12.00 while the strike rate was 13.1. Against Mizoram, he produced his best figures when he took 3 for 16. His economy was 5.47 during those four matches — a staggering figure in T20 cricket.


According to reports, Khrievitso Kense was approached by a Mumbai Indians official who had seen him bowl during the tournament matches, which had been held in Chennai.

If he gets selected, he will become the youngest from the Northeast Indian states to play in the premier cricket tournament.

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