Indian Premier League is around the corner, let’s have a look at the top 8 players who can create an impact in this season.
The southpaw had never missed an IPL game in his entire career until last year and his absence was felt in every CSK game. The experience, the resilience, the assurance that this guy brings to the table is something that makes him such a big player. He retired from international cricket last year but there’s still a lot of cricket left within him and we are excited to feel his aura on the cricket field. CSK had a horrifying last season, but you cannot keep them out of the game for much longer and with Raina coming back in the side, they will be eager to repeat their mantra i.e. Eat, Sleep, Play IPL Final, Repeat.
The newly made skipper, because of his performances since last few months has become a household favorite name. He has developed the ability to control his innings and the wide new variety of strokes has made him more destructive player. Pant is the MVP for Delhi Capitals and if they want to bag their maiden IPL trophy then he must be at his best. With newly added responsibilities, it will be a testing season for Pant, and he will be aiming to make the most of it.
Rahul was the highest run scorer in the last season and is coming on the back of some great performances in ODIs against England. Punjab Kings will be very confident of their skipper and will expect some great knocks from him. Although he was in great touch last year, but he had a forgetful outing as the skipper in the initial part of tournament. This time he would like his form to reflect on the team’s performance and with some great additions to the side, Rahul would aim to bag their maiden IPL trophy.
Shakib Al Hasan
The left-hander from Bangladesh was banned from all forms of cricket but has made a great comeback against New Zealand last month. Once upon a time, he was the most impacting player for KKR, but they have missed his services in the last season. KKR struggled for stability in the middle overs and some reliance in the bowling department last time around. With Shakib back in the side, they have got a few checkboxes ticked and will hope to make it into the playoffs this time around. Shakib will be eager to make his presence count and please everyone with his all round performances.
This youngster was the best find for RCB last season and he had a wonderful last season. His stand and deliver strokes are bliss to watch. He is coming on the back of a successful Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 where he was the second-highest run-scorer and scored 4 consecutive centuries in the season. In a star-studded RCB lineup, Padikkal has cemented his place in the side and will look to continue his purple patch. With many youngsters breaking into the Indian side, a good IPL season will make way for Padikkal as well.
SKY has grown as a player since the last few IPL seasons and his flamboyant style of playing has attracted many eyes. He debuted for India last month and he had “SKY” rocketing performances in each match. The kind of impact he brings alongside can take the game away from the opposition in a brisk. With the T20 world cup approaching very soon, a good IPL season can seal his berth in the Indian side. Mumbai Indians are aiming for a hattrick and to do so, they would like Surya to ignite himself, smash the bowlers, and hit them out of the park.
Warner is the most dependable player in the SRH lineup and if he plays, their chances of winning increase exponentially. This time around as well, the team will bank on their skipper to sail the ship through the playoffs. Warner has been one of the most successful players in IPL and he leads from the front. His destructive batting approach is something that makes him such a valuable player. With some strong international players in the lineup, Warner and the orange army would like to finish among the top 4.
Ben Stokes had a great India tour recently and looks in red hot form. He is the key player in the RR lineup, and they will bank on his performances throughout the entire season. Stokes hasn’t had a great last season in UAE, but he will be eager to score some runs, sail Rajasthan over the line and more importantly make himself ready for the T2O world cup that’s going to happen in India. With lack of experience in Rajasthan side, the team will expect Stokes to empower them and lead by an example.
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