IPL 2021: Take a look at local Indian players who are likely to make a big impact in this season
There’s no doubt that all the Indian players who will be a part of the IPL 2021, are likely to perform their best and mark themselves. But here we put forth, the name of some players who are at a higher probability of succeeding than others. Here we mention five Indian players who are likely to make a big impact this season.
- KL Rahul :
He is one of the most promising batsman and a good striker of the balls, and there’s a probability of him succeeding this season. The way he plays, possessing a full range of strokes in his arsenal, a calm head, capable of flamboyance as well as the graft, marks him as number one in our list. “Just Class” is a term that Brian Lara himself describes KL Rahul as. Being the top run scorer, he scored 670 runs at an average of 55.83 with a strike rate of 129.34, with five fifties and a century.
What has he achieved in the recent matches? In recent matches, he represented India in the T20Is and ODIs in Australia as a wicketkeeper-batsman in which he scored two half-centuries in six matches altogether. In his home ground, Rahul scored an ODI hundred against England in the recent concluding matches.
- Hardik Pandya:
Returning back from injury, Pandya has been in a good form. He has been a part of the playing 11 in three T20Is and as many ODIs since his return to the fields and he has shown his capability in both the formats, scoring 288 runs overall. He was honored with player of the series award in the T20Is against Australia and as a gesture of appreciation he handed over the award to T. Natarajan.
So the question that arises, will he be able to carry the same form to the IPL 2021? If he remains like this and Bumrah shows his potent, Mumbai Indians would be hard to stop. In the previous IPL as well, he showed a good performance with bat in hand but most successful year has been the IPL of 2019 in which he scored 402 runs at a strike rate of 191.42.
Seeing his bowling form in the T20s and the final ODI against England, his economical spells can be a greater asset to his team.
- Jasprit Bumrah:
This bowler remains a mystery and can turn out to be the x-factor for Mumbai Indians this time too. Bumrah is fast with his bowl along with the ouch of accuracy and perfection; Yorkers and bouncers of Bumrah are hard to understand by any batsman. The last season was a memorable for him and his team has became the 2nd highest wicket taker with 27 wickets at an average of 14.96, economy rate of 6.73 and strike rate of 13.33.
Bumrah has been a part of test matches in the recent months, taking 6 wickets, to help India beat Australia in the Melbourne Test of December 2020. But he wasn’t able to perform well in the recently-concluded test against England.
Question remains will he be able to get his form back on track and score for his team or not.
- Ravindra Jadeja:
Despite being an effective all-rounder, he wasn’t able to perform well with a ball in his hand. Though he had good for in batting making a good stats in 2020- maiden half century.
He is a ‘rockstar’ as he makes impact be it with balling, batting or saving boundaries on field. He has made a good contribution against Australia in the batting order both in the T20s and ODIs, scoring a run of 44 not out in the first three match series proving a significant role towards the Indian team.
Jadeja was useful with the bat in the 13th edition of IPL in which he scored 232 runs maintaining a strike rate of 171.85. He registered his first ever half century against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The that question hits the mind of the audience is, will he be able to maintain his form this season?
- Bhuvaneshwar Kumar:
Recuperating from his hernia surgery, the 31 year old left arm seamer will be coming back to the top-level cricket. Bhuvaneshar has made an impact as the seam attack bowler in recent years for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He will be fresh, too, unlike some of the other Indian stars who would be drained out by the gruelling Test and limited-overs rubbers with Australia and England. The T20 and the ODI series against England just before the IPL served as the right warm-up for him.
Bhuvneshwar showed in the 2020 season that he hasn’t lost his sharpness, registering an economy rate of 6.98 in the four matches he played before being omitted from the tournament due to a thigh injury. This time, he will want to touch the highs of 2017, when he took 26 wickets at 14.19 and a strike-rate of 7.05.