In that regard, the IPL has delivered as advertised. With each issue, we highlight a new group of young people who are full of creativity and energy. However, throughout the years, some of the finest performances have gone unnoticed despite the fervour surrounding fresh talents and perennial stars. It’s business as usual for the IPL in this season.
According to ipl highlights today, an effort is made here to recognise these performers who often go unrecognised.
- Rajasthan Royals- Ravichandran Ashwin
R. Ashwin has a 7.15 economy rate and sits 14th in the IPL this season, with 101 dot balls to his name. This season in the IPL, the off-spinner has bowled 11 overs during the powerplay, during which he has taken three wickets while allowing just 6.18 runs per over and a dot ball percentage of 42.42.
There were four games out of a total of 12 in which the spinner from Tamil Nadu had an economy rate of less than six runs per over for Rajasthan Royals. Part of the credit for Yuzvendra Chahal’s IPL Orange Cap goes to his teammate R Ashwin.
- Lucknow Super Giants- Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya kicked off his time with the Lucknow Super Giants by bowling a 17-run over against the Gujarat Titans and removing his brother Hardik for a duck. After struggling against the Chennai Super Kings, he bounced back against the SunRisers Hyderabad, where he took two wickets while allowing 6.75 runs per over.
His season-high 42 runs came against RCB, but it wasn’t enough to win. At an economy rate of 7.25 runs per over, he allowed just 29 runs while also claiming the wicket of the rampaging Glenn Maxwell.
After that, he had his finest bowling performance ever against the Mumbai Indians, taking 3/19. Krunal was named Player of the Match after taking two wickets while allowing just 11 runs in his allotted four overs in the following game against Punjab Kings.
- Mumbai Indians- Tilak Varma
Tilak Varma, a 19-year-old making his IPL debut, has been MI’s saviour, scoring the most runs for his team this year. Prior to their game against CSK, Rohit Sharma, Tilak Varma’s captain, properly summarised the potential of Varma’s skill and performance.
Varma has scored the most runs for MI in the IPL. In MI’s second game, he chased down a big target and hit 61 runs with a strike rate of 184.84 against RR’s formidable bowling attack.
After that, he batted for 27 balls and scored 38 runs in an undefeated cameo against KKR. Varma’s 36-run stay for MI appeared like it would be enough to beat PBKS, but he was run out.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad- Abhishek Sharma
Despite a slow start in the first two games, SRH stuck with Abhishek Sharma at the top of the order. In return for their confidence in him, he scored 75 runs in 50 balls and helped his team overcome CSK. After the game, in an interview with the media, Coach Tom Moody praised Abhishek for his abilities.
He then outdid himself by scoring 42 off 32 balls against GT, allowing SRH to reach their target of 168 with an over to spare. Against GT in the second match of the IPL season, Abhishek once again played at a high level.
While batting for 65, he belted three sixes and had a strike rate of 154.76. Given Kane Williamson’s recent slump, his senior opening partner and captain, he deserves more credit for his steady batting hits.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore- Wanindu Hasaranga
As a result of his performance against KKR in RCB’s second IPL 15 encounter, he was named Player of the Match. At a rate of 7.00 runs per over, Hasaranga took two wickets against MI in their fourth encounter, dismissing Brevis and Pollard with deft googlies.
Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer, two of RR’s best players, were both removed from the game by him, yet he still managed to allow just 23 runs. Against SRH, he had a career-best 5/18, which helped stall a desperate chase of 193 runs in the middle overs. In this season’s IPL, he had a dot ball percentage of 44.44 thanks to his 120 dot balls.
- David Miller- Gujrat Titans
Due in large part to his surprising partnership with Rahul Tewatia, David Miller had his greatest Indian Premier League season to date. The two opened the season with a match-winning 60-run partnership against LSG, joining together when GT found themselves in a tough position in a 159-run chase.
Miller, who had been relatively quiet for a while, had an explosive cameo against RR’s impressive bowling, scoring 31 runs in only 14 balls. The following game was against CSK, when David Miller smashed an unbeaten 94 off of 51 balls, making it one of the finest innings of IPL 15.
This top-order collapse was sparked by Mukesh Choudhary and Maheesh Theekshana, who both took the hit.
Miller and Tewatia set up an unbroken partnership of 79 runs in 40 balls with the Titans requiring 76 runs in 7 overs. Miller is now 7-0 in wins. Together, Miller and Tewatia scored 319 runs at an average of 45.57, saving GT from elimination over a stellar first season in the IPL.
- Shimron Hetmyer- Rajasthan Royals
Within the previous four games, Hetmyer has scored 210 runs with a strike rate of 214.28. Seven times, he batted all out and was not out. He is leading the competition in batting average and has hit 21 home runs, the most of any player.
He scored 32 runs off of 13 balls in his IPL debut against SRH and then 35 runs off of 14 balls against MI. He smashed six sixes and an undefeated fifty for RR in the fourth game of the IPL season, with a strike rate of 163.88.
His most notable work was in a head-to-head race against PBKS. Hetmyer single-handedly won the game for RR with 31 runs at a strike rate of 193.75 against the spin pair of Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep Singh. The birth of Hetmyer’s first kid has taken him away from the bio-bubble, but returned for the IPL 15 playoffs.
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