The Indian Premier League has quickly established itself as a genuine platform for new players to compete against the best in the world. The event has been instrumental in refining young guns’ defects and transforming them into completed goods.
IPL 2021 has been postponed because of several positive Covid-19 instances across teams. The decision was made unanimously by the tournament’s Governing Council and the BCCI, according to the IPL. The 14th season of the league could only be completed with 29 matches before being postponed indefinitely. The BCCI, on the other hand, had been looking for a way to revive the competition since it was canceled.
Here we look at the players from each team who can change the game in the second leg of IPL 2021
Faf du Plessis – Chennai Super Kings
Faf du Plessis is one of the most important players for the Chennai Super Kings. In just seven games, the 36-year-old scored 320 runs, making him the league’s third-highest run-scorer. Faf du Plessis was one of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s bright spots, scoring the most runs for CSK by a single player. His ability to act as an anchor and let other batsmen play their natural game has helped him establish himself as a batting line-up regular for the Chennai Super Kings. Du Plessis has built the foundation for spectacular chases and match-winning totals for the Dhoni-led squad this season.
KL Rahul – Punjab Kings
Many people initially thought of KL Rahul as a Test match batsman, and his statistics showed that since he failed to produce any notable performances in his first three seasons. However, he reshaped himself in 2016 and has been one of the best players since then, despite the fact that it has cost him his spot in the Test team. KL Rahul has scored the most runs for them this season. In seven games, he has a total of 331 runs. KL Rahul, on the other hand, had a successful appendix operation immediately before IPL 2021 was postponed.
Prithvi Shaw – Delhi Capitals
2020 was a dismal year for Prithvi Shaw. Shaw struggled to establish consistency in the Indian Premier League UAE season, as he was left out of the Delhi Capitals starting XI on multiple occasions. However, in the IPL this season, the kid rediscovered his form. Shaw had scored 308 runs in eight matches at an average of 38.50 and a strike rate of 166.48 before the event was called off. Shaw has seemed to be a different batsman this season as he has sought to correct his shortcomings and reclaim his form.
Andre Russell – Kolkata Knight Riders
Andre Russell hasn’t looked like himself in the IPL thus far. The West Indian batsman, famed for his destructive style of batting, has failed to score big this season, resulting in KKR’s poor performance. Russell has 163 runs and seven wickets in seven games thus far. He has the capacity to smash any bowling attack with the bat and can also be devastating with the ball, making him a game-changer in the second half of the IPL in UAE.
Hardik Pandya – Mumbai Indians
Hardik Pandya’s progress over the last three years has been rapid, and he is perhaps India’s top finisher at the moment. Pandya’s talent with the bat and the ball is well-known. He’s a ruthless finisher who can turn any game around on his own. He has 52 runs in seven games so far this season. Last season, he was in fantastic form, scoring 281 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of over 180.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Sunrisers Hyderabad
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the most underappreciated cricketers in IPL history, and he is sometimes overlooked when the competition’s best bowlers are discussed. Due to injuries, he only played four games last season, and SRH missed his contributions, especially during the slog overs. So far this season, he has three wickets in five games. In the second half of the IPL 2021, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the skills and experience to turn the tide for SRH.
Virat Kohli – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Over the previous several seasons, Virat Kohli has been leading RCB’s batting with AB de Villiers, and his development as a T20 batsman has been fascinating to watch. The Indian skipper is the finest batsman on the planet and has the ability to turn any game around on his own. He has 198 runs in seven games this season and is the RCB’s third-leading run-scorer.
Chris Morris – Rajasthan Royals
Chris Morris is the most expensive IPL player ever, costing Rs.16.25 crore. Morris has been in fantastic form this year, taking the second most wickets in the IPL 2021. In seven games, he has 14 wickets. He has the capacity to demolish any batting order, and RR will rely on him extensively in the second half of the IPL 2021.