Four out of the eight teams in IPL 2021 have opted for a stumper-captain.
The 20-year-old from Wayanad played a big role in the Malabarians' maiden triumph in the I-League.
The Malabarians have become the first team from Kerala to win the I-League title.
The 27-year-old has been added to IPL champions Mumbai Indians' squad as a reserve player.
The triumph over the No.1-ranked visitors augurs well for the Men in Blue ahead of the T20 World Cup to be held in India later this year.
Rahul looks rusty to say the least. Prior to the ongoing India-England T20I series, the right-hander last played a competitive match against Australia in the third T20I at Sydney on December 8, 2020.
The English batsmen were found wanting against the spin duo of R Ashwin and Axar Patel on Indian pitches.
Kerala rode on the consistent performances of senior players Sachin Baby, pacer S Sreesanth and outstation professionals Robin Uthappa and Jalaj Saxena to progress from a tough group.
Sanju has paid the price for not making the most of the limited chances that have come his way at the international level.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was bought by RCB for his base price of Rs 20 lakh.
The 16-year-old from Thrissur had a stunning 2020, winning four tournaments in the space of three months.
The 20-year-old received a Rs 1.64 crore scholarship from the Liberty University, Virginia.