IPL 2021: Players that could be X-Factor for their respective teams: CSK, DC, KKR, MI
One of the reasons why the IPL is such a competitive tournament is because it involves the best players from all across the globe. It has always been a platform for players to showcase their talents to the entire world. Given the high stakes involved in the IPL, players are expected to perform regularly and win games for their team.
While cricket is a team sport, the T20 format is so unpredictable that a small moment of brilliance from a single player can completely change the entire course of the game. Some players can turn the match around on their own and each of the 8 IPL franchises will rely on these players to get the team over the line in the upcoming edition of the IPL.
Let’s take a look at one such game-changing ‘X-Factor’ player from each franchise for IPL 2021. In this article, we will see one key player of four franchises of IPL.
Chennai Super Kings- Suresh Raina:
Suresh Raina is the leading run-scorer after Virat Kohli in the history of the Indian Premier League.
In the absence of their all-time leading run-scorer, CSK struggled for consistency throughout the tournament. They eventually finished IPL 2020 at the seventh position as they missed the playoff spot for the first time in their history. CSK would be hoping that the fortunes change with Raina’s return for the upcoming season of IPL.
Delhi Capitals- Shikhar Dhawan:
Shikhar Dhawan was the leading run-scorer for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020. He was the only batsman to hit two centuries in the tournament. With 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries in IPL 2020, Dhawan smashed 618 runs for Delhi Capitals in 17 games. He was the second leading run-scorer in the tournament with 618 runs. The left-handed batsman Dhawan can again replicate his magical batting in IPL 2021 and hence, he might turn up as the leading run-getter for Delhi Capitals once again.
Kolkata Knight Riders- Andre Russell:
This big West Indies all-rounder can hit a six on any stadium in the world. He has played in the IPL since 2012. He has won many matches for KKR with the bat. If he is in full flow, no bowler in the world is safe. Russell, a Jamaican has been Kolkata’s favorite boy for a few years now. His strike rate is more than 180 while he has also picked up 61 wickets in IPL.
Mumbai Indians- Kieron Pollard:
The West Indies captain is in superb form of late. He recently slammed six sixes in an over in a T20I against Sri Lanka. Pollard can finish off games and also put huge runs on the scorecard. He is equally handy in the bowling department. In IPL 2020, he scored 268 runs and scalped 4 wickets.