IPL is one such event where an everyday new hero is unleashed to the world. Since its inception IPL has been a platform for youngsters and veterans to perform and show the world the what they are capable of. We have seen that numerous players have emerged from this cash-rich league who has gone on to make their mark in world cricket. Few examples of that in Indian cricket can be seen in the likes of Jaspreet Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav. These players not only performed at IPL but also on the international stage when given a chance. However, one strange pattern that viewers observe in IPL is of players not performing at a franchise and as soon as they change team their fortunes also change. This is one such sight that frustrates the team management and thinks tank as they are unable to decode the reasons for such events. One big name that has been the epitome of this pattern is Chris Gayle. The swashbuckling Jamaican was initially part of KKR and could not perform. His fortunes changed when he was transferred to RCB, where he turned out to be the leading run scorer for a couple of seasons. Other players that fit into this criterion includes Gautam Gambhir (DD to KKR), Rohit Sharma (DC to MI) and David Warner (DD to SRH). IPL 2018 is not different from past and we have already seen many players performing exceptionally well for their new franchisees. Let’s look at some of them;
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Everyone was surprised when CSK did not retain the local boy and were more surprised when he was appointed as the captain of KXIP. But, he has done exceptionally well in this season both as the captain and as a bowler. His out of the box thinking has helped KXIP play a bold cricket and won 5 out of 6 of their matches so far. He was the first captain in this season who chose to bat first after winning the toss. He is rotating Chris Gayle who does not have age on his side but still is as destructive as before. As a bowler he has taken 5 wickets so far with an economy rate of 7.91 which is pretty good for a spinner. He is leading from the front and that makes his so important for KXIP’s quest for a title.
Another KXIP player that has shocked the world. He went unsold for 2 times and was only picked up by KXIP on the 3rd run and what a season he is having. He had played just 3 games so far and had scored 2 half centuries and the first century of the season. He smashed every bowler he faced so far in the tournament. RCB who let him loose and other teams who did not show any confidence in him must be regretting their decision now. He had payed back all the debt of KXIP’s management in just 3 innings and the rest of the tournament would be bonus for them.
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Another RCB player that was lost KXIP, who paid staggering Rs. 11 crores for the opener. He was touted as the test player for long and had wanted to shun off the tag, which he did in the first match for KXIP itself. He scored the fastest half century of the IPL history and show what he s capable of in shorter format. In the next few games he proved that it was not a one time show and he can do the same thing again and again.
The Mumbai batsmen returned to his home from KKR and has been scintillating since then. The confidence shown by KKR, who made him their vice-captain in last season, has build his character and he is more confident of himself now. Probably KKR released him at the wrong time as it seems that MI is reaping fruit of the hard work done by KKR on this young lad. He was promoted to open the batting by Rohit Sharma in his place and Yadav sealed the opportunity with some fiery knocks.
Where Yadav seemed the loss of KKR, Nitish Rana seemed to be the loss of MI. Rana showed some real talent in last years edition, which got him a contract with KKR. From then on, its been a roller coaster ride for him as he is not only performing with bat but also turned out to be a fine bowler, scalping wickets of Virat Kohli, ABD, Rahane and D’Arcy Short so far.
The pacer was overlooked by captain Kohli in South Africa test series and he seemed to be motivated to impress the skipper this time. He has been bowling superbly with the new ball and getting RCB wickets with sheer pace and bounce. The only thing he needs to look at is his death bowling where he is giving too many.
DD had a mediocre season so far with just 1 win and their only silver lining is the New Zealander. Boult has been exceptionally good with the new ball and at the death as well. He has taken 7 wickets so far with an economy of 8.5 which is great when your team is giving away runs in 170+.
Rayadu has won 3 IPL titles with MI and was the core of the team until another youngster Nitish Rana took his place. He lost his place in the side and eventually got a chance with CSK where he has been giving them excellent starts. Point to here is that only a few were able to read the pitch and adapt and that list included Rayadu who hit a 70+ score against SRH in just 30 oddballs.
Watson played most of his IPL cricket in with Rajasthan but the aging player could not find a place in the team this year. CSK gave him an opportunity to prove and he responded with a 100 against his old team.
Pandey formed a core of KKR but they could not retain him due to some tactical blunder at the auction. He was bought by SRH and he paid off by providing SRH with stability in the middle. He has already given some good performance for the new team and would be looking to add some variety to his skill set to help SRH achieve some firepower.