The life of Twenty-20 cricket is all set to kick-off its 10th season in less than a week’s time. It all began back in 2008 with eight franchisees laying the foundation for a league to let the youngest format of cricket take the centre stage. Now, after 9 glorious years of entertaining cricket, IPL has become a landmark event in the Cricketing calendar.
What makes IPL the way it is? Undoubtedly the players from all over the world who come together and entertain the world with a bat and a ball. Every season, a few players surprise everyone and rise above all to become an overnight superstar. Here is a list of 10 players that have a great chance of hogging the limelight this season.
10. Ben Stokes (Rising Pune Supergiants)
The most expensive players in the IPL auctions have mostly disappointed every year but this time the English all-rounder Ben Stokes is expected to turn it around. Ben Stokes has developed in recent times to become one of world’s finest all-rounders at the moment. His performance will prove to be crucial for Rising Pune Supergiants as they hope to end their term in IPL on a high.
9. Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)
Mumbai’s captain, Rohit Sharma, will have a lot to play for when he makes a comeback to cricket after suffering an injury that caused his ouster from the national side. A lot has changed since the Hitman was side-lined from the national side and a comeback for him is not going to be easy by any means. All eyes will surely be on him as he’ll be willing to give his best in a bid to revive his place in the Indian team.
8. Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)
The spin wizard from West Indies will have all eyes set on him when he dons the Kolkata jersey this year. The Indian season, that has just concluded, has seen some dominant performances from the spinners and thus Sunil Narine will be the key to KKR’s hopes of a triumph.
7. Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Daredevils)
Growing under the ever so dependable Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada will be leading Delhi’s bowling attack this season. Delhi already boast of Zaheer Khan and Mohammad Shami in their bowling lineup and Kagiso Rabada will undoubtedly prove to be a precious asset. Delhi’s hopes of a triumph will have a lot to do with how this young man from South Africa bowls.
6. Jason Roy (Gujarat Lions)
England’s present limited overs squad has developed to scare any opponent at the moment and one name that has been the key behind it is Jason Roy. His batting exploits have helped England raise their quality in the limited overs. Jason Roy will also be responsible for helping Mumbai Indians reach the playoffs. If he gets going then surely Mumbai won’t be easy to beat for any opponent.
5. Tymal Mills (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
A whopping 12 crores for a bowler who has almost zero international experience surprised almost everyone wHo witnessed the auctions. In a star-studded RCB line-up, Tymal Mills will have to do a lot to justify his price tag and his performance will be crucial in Bangalore’s path to the playoffs. Pacy yorkers will be the main weapon Tymal Mills will have in his arsenal and yorkers are always a treat to watch in the IPL.
4. Aniket Choudhary (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
In an auction where the likes of even Irfan Pathan went unnoticed, Aniket Choudhary managed to pull a bid of Rs. 2 crore. Royal Challengers Bangalore kept up their attempt to bolster their bowling line-up by heavily bidding for bowlers. Former Kings XI Punjab player, Aniket will try to impress all the viewers with his medium pace as RCB rest their hopes again on an Indian talent.
3. Pat Cummins (Delhi Daredevils)
Not a lot of seamers have been picked up this season by the franchisees. However, the few that have been selected are all good enough to wreck havoc in opponent’s batting line-up. The one name that will be in the top list of seamers is Patrick Cummins from Australia. His price tag of Rs.4.5 crores is enough to give all of us a hint of what can be expected of him.
2. Marcus Stoinis (Kings XI Punjab)
Kings XI Punjab have been heavily dependent on the likes of Australian T20 specialists and this season will be no different either. Marcus Stoinis will revive the hopes of Kings XI Punjab this season. Glenn Maxwell will shoulder a lot of responsibilities on the Australian all-rounder and thus his performance is expected to catch the eyes of many this season.
1. Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
The best thing about this season’s IPL auctions has been the signings of two Afghani players, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan. The youngster from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan, has already raised quite a few eyebrows with his impressive spin bowling. Indian conditions will be ideally suited for the youngster and thus he’ll be a top contender for the purple cap this season.
It will be interesting to see who takes the lead in the race for Orange Cap and Purple Cap but the performances of these players will undoubtedly remain to be the ones to watch out.
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