With the 14th edition of IPL, the world’s biggest T20 League getting its head start on the 9th of April, the excitement amongst fans to view their favourite teams and stars would be immense. Because of the different arrangement of neutral venues, the tournament now becomes much more interesting, as the teams will now have to lay their best A-game to soar high into the playoffs.
In such situations, often the team’s trustworthy players are expected to be the paramount chiefs, who can not only undulate challenges but also pave the way for other players to deliver prosperously. These stalwarts, apart from their match-winning abilities, are more importantly the most consistent performers for their side. All in all, these unwavering steadfast cricketers are the reliable propositions of their franchise and hence to find out about them more.
Here’s a team-wise list of one most trustworthy player in IPL 2021
Mumbai Indians – Suryakumar Yadav
Ever since Suryakumar Yadav has joined the MI franchise back in 2018, the cricketer has been nothing short of the most trustworthy stallion of the team. Despite having the likes of Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, and Hardik Pandya, SKY has emerged as the constant run machine by almost scoring more than 450 runs per season.
In his three-year stint with MI, he has played 46 games and has scored 1416 runs at a compatible average of 36.39. Apart from being the top-order batsman, who can score quick runs at a fair clip, he has also finished games for MI, especially when needed the most. His best IPL innings were well witnessed against CSK in Chennai, where a 54-ball unbeaten 71 in the Qualifier 1 was a masterclass on how to tackle spin bowling on turning pitches. Because of his apt batting technique, Yadav’s batting is more about finding gaps and scoring boundaries rather than hitting towering sixes.
Overall, his consistency in the IPL has eventually rewarded him an India cap and if there’s another ferocious IPL from his bat, he will again then get soared for the upcoming World T20. Meanwhile in the IPL, yet again the MI camp will be hoping for a magnificent run to win a hat-trick of IPL titles. All in all, mainly because of his continuous presence in the middle-overs, the MI team has now one of the best scoring rates especially in that passage of play.
Delhi Capitals – Kagiso Rabada
Since the last two IPL seasons, there has been a tremendous upsurge of the Delhi franchise, making them a strong contender in the upcoming season. While their batting has been very eventful in the last two seasons, in terms of bowling, the team has been dismantling oppositions because of the hefty presence of Kagiso Rabada.
Although it’s the collective South African duo including Anrich Nortje that has scalped a total of 52 IPL wickets in IPL 2020, Kagiso Rabada in particular had taken 30 wickets. Being with Delhi for the last two seasons, Rabada has in total played 29 games and has taken 55 wickets at an economy below 8. With such an outburst of wickets, it surely makes Rabada not just a sturdy match-winner for Delhi, but also a very trustworthy bowling candidate.
Whether it’s about getting early breakthroughs or containing runs at the death, Rabada has been the invigorating chief for skipper Shreyas Iyer. With the winner of the Purple Cap in IPL 2020, yet again on arid Indian pitches, Rabada’s magic will be the key for Delhi to make it big in IPL 2021.
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Devdutt Padikkal
Although names like AB de Villiers or skipper Virat Kohli should be called the trustworthy candidates, someone like a Devdutt Padikkal who actually had a successful IPL 2020 at the top can be expected to continue from where he had left. Pairing Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal was a revelation in IPL 2020.
The cricketer in his 15 games notched 473 runs at an average of 31.53. More importantly, as RCB had a rare bleak season with their bat, Padikkal was one of the reliable openers who gave the team some viable starts. His risk-free stroke-play looks tailor-made for the powerplay situation, which apparently helps to lay a strong foundation for other batters to come. In terms of his recent form, Padikkal was the second-highest run-getter in the recently-concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy. batting at a towering average of 147.40.
Hence, by scoring a mountain of 747 runs in the VHT matches along with a healthy last IPL season, Padikkal looks to be the trustworthy commodity who can help RCB achieve a breakthrough in IPL 2021.
Chennai Super Kings – Faf Du Plessis
Over the years, Suresh Raina has been the trustworthy candidate for CSK, much like CSK being the trustworthy team to qualify for almost every IPL season. However, with Suresh Raina now being a retired entity along with the yellow army having its rare IPL playoffs fallout, someone like Faf Du Plessis now seems to be the trustworthy player of the team.
For the last two seasons, Faf Du Plessis has been the established opener of the team and has almost scored more than 400 runs in each season. Last year, where every CSK batter had its fair share of struggles, it was du Plessis’s batting at the top, which added some stability for CSK. In IPL 2020, du Plessis played 13 games and scored a total of 449 runs at a healthy average of around 40. Despite playing a major anchoring role as a batsman, he maintained an impressive strike of 140.75 in his last IPL.
With CSK having a revamped squad, where there is a fair share of power-hitters and all-rounders, someone like du Plessis can again be expected to continue with his anchor role. Also, with matches happening at different venues, his batting will be valued more highly mainly because of the congruous batting technique.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – David Warner
This is absolutely a no-brainer that David Warner has been the trustworthy player of SRH since IPL 2016. Although someone like a Rashid Khan or a Bhuvneshwar Kumar can also be entitled as trustworthy candidates, with SRH’s batting being highly reliant on David Warner, undoubtedly he is the biggest asset of the franchise.
In terms of his batting record, David Warner has been the constant 550-run bank for SRH and collectively upholds a robust average of 56.79. By playing the anchoring role for his team, Warner is known to score at least 6 half-centuries in an IPL season. Also because of his vigorous gameplay, he accumulates more than 50 plus boundaries each year.
Yet again in IPL 2021, Warner will have to play his extensive role to continue SRH’s routine into the playoffs. However, in terms of taking SRH to win the IPL glory, his batting has to be reminiscent of his heroics in IPL 2016.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Nitish Rana
For KKR, Nitish Rana’s name might be a surprising pick, especially when the team has stalwarts like Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, and Dinesh Karthik, but with Morgan being a new entity and with Russell and Karthik being completely off-colour in the last season, someone like a Nitish Rana seems to be the only trustworthy pick. Even the highly rated Shubman Gill hasn’t towered when compared to his husky talent.
Since IPL 2018, Nitish Rana has been an established member of the playing XI and has wisely been amongst the runs, especially considering how juggling KKR’s batting order has been in the past. Last year from his 14 games, Nitish amassed a total of 352 runs at a strike rate of almost 139. Overall, from his last three seasons, Rana has been a scoring batsman who averages close to 28 for KKR.
His flexible gameplay, which allows him to bat anywhere in the top six is his biggest strength, and can equally play the game of striking hard along with accumulating singles. Also, in the recently concluded VH Trophy, Rana was the highest run-scorer for Delhi, which also raised him in contention for an India call-up. All in all, with being in rounds for India’s T20I side, Nitish Rana would himself prefer being a trustworthy candidate to grab his potential India shirt.
Rajasthan Royals – Jos Buttler
A team that has some dashing overseas names, there’s no doubt that someone like a Jofra Archer would be their most trustworthy pick. However, with Archer not being available for IPL 2021, undoubtedly someone like Jos Butter then becomes the next best pick. Although there are other players like skipper Samson himself, who can become trustworthy players, irregularity and variability in terms of runs do sway them away.
Someone like Jos Buttler is not only RR’s biggest match-winner in their entire batting order but also a consistent run machine. Until IPL 2020, where Buttler did had a reasonable year, the wicketkeeper-batsman had scored 859 runs in his last two seasons at a tremendous average of 47. Not only he was remarkable by opening the innings, but also at times RR’s only reliable batsman who could stay till the end and comfortably finish games.
Coming from his T20Is opening stint, where he averages more than 50 as a top-order player, the RR camp would be expecting something similar again from Buttler. It was in the IPL 2018 when RR had last qualified for the playoffs and for the upcoming season a Buttler show will be the need to yet again have a soaring IPL.
Punjab Kings – KL Rahul
Regardless of some heavy names like Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran being present, someone like KL Rahul continues to remain the trustworthy pick in the PBKS camp. His association with the PBKS franchise has not only made him the team’s best batsman, but also one of the best in the realm of T20Is.
KL Rahul’s numbers are an astonishing read for PBKS fans as for the last three year’s his batting has made him emerge as a 600-run bank for the franchise. Being the Orange cap winner in the IPL 2020, Rahul had smashed a total of 670 runs at a robust average of 55.83. Whether it’s about giving some flashy starts at the top or about anchoring the innings, Rahul probably has every possible gear in his T20 batting.
To finally break the jinx of bleak IPL seasons, yet again Rahul looks an alluring pick on whom PBKS will highly depend upon. Also with matches happening on different venues, Rahul’s batting looks a fitting proposition at the top, thus allowing him to play as per the conditions and situations. With some new players also doing the rounds on his T20I spot, the PBKS’s skipper surely will be anticipated to have a thunderous IPL 2021.
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