1.Anrich Nortj- Delhi Capitals
The last half of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is scheduled to start within the UAE from September 19. There are already two franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) who have reached Dubai to start out preparations. For the remaining 31 games. These matches are crucial for all the eight franchises considering the mega auction to be held in February 2022.
Also, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is getting to add two new teams from next year. Hence, these 31 games are going to be crucial for many of the players to showcase their skills and remind the franchises of their skills.
While some players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Kieron Pollard could also be retained by their respective franchises, it’s the perimeter players and under-performers who are in difficult situations.
Not only the Indian players, but also some foreign players like David Warner, Jos Buttler and Andre Russell would be feeling the warmth . Eight franchises can retain a maximum of 5 years (two right-to-match cards) and three-players. Although there have been talks that teams want more caps on players to be retained, the BCCI is sticking to the first plan of 5 for the nonce .
This young player has made an excellent start within the IPL. The CSK opener recorded three ducks within the 2020 edition of the IPL but made amends towards the top of the season by scoring three consecutive fifties.
Thus he became the primary uncapped player within the history of IPL to realize this feat. within the half of the 14th edition of the IPL, the right-handed batsman got off to an honest start as he managed to attain two fifties and created a strong opening combination with Faf du Plessis at the highest .
And now he features a chance to suppress the accelerator by scoring well within the remaining matches for CSK. Gaikwad is merely 24 years old and is prepared to play for India for an extended time.
With more consistent performances within the top-order, the CSK franchise may consider retaining a teenager in Gaikwad for subsequent three years. He has thus far scored 400 runs in 13 IPL matches at a strike rate of 124.61.
After an average IPL season for Punjab Kings in the previous edition of the IPL, Glenn Maxwell made a spectacular comeback for RCB earlier this year. The ‘puzzle’ of the IPL rose like a phoenix and scored consistently for his new team.
Maxwell had a definite role in the team and was used by the management at the number four slot. He not only played fearlessly but also allowed AB de Villiers to play with more freedom.
He has already scored over 200 runs in the 14th edition of the IPL and will be keen to continue the momentum going forward. With RCB most likely to retain Kohli, de Villiers and Mohammad Siraj, Maxwell would love to play X-factor knocks for the RCB franchise.
Karnataka batter Manish Pandey has not quite managed to play impactful knocks for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) as he would have liked to. Signed up for a huge amount of over 10 crores in the 2018 auction, Pandey has had a mixed season with SRH so far.
So far, he has been used at number three and four, but owing to the slow strike rate and his inability to hit the ball, Pandey lost his place in the side in this year’s IPL. But with few games still left in the UAE leg of IPL, Pandey will be looking to bring his experience and look to anchor the SRH batting order.
With the team placed at the bottom of the table, the Karnataka batter would love to score some brisk runs. He has so far racked up 3461 runs in 151 IPL games.
Kunal Pandya turned heads when he was bought for over 8 crores in the 2018 IPL auction. Scouted by John Wright in 2013-14, the senior Pandya has been with the franchise for four years.
He has often contributed well with both bat and ball and his most notable performance came during the 2017 IPL final against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). But for the last two years, he has experienced a mixed season with bat and ball for Mumbai Indians.
With the mega auction to be held early next year, senior Pandya will be looking forward to performing in the UAE leg of the IPL. With the franchise set to retain Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, Kunal would like to make useful contributions with the bat and ball.
Shreyas Gopal has been one of the find of the tournament for Royals as well as IPL. His leg spin has been crucial for Rajasthan and his slow bowling has often helped the team win matches single-handedly. Gopal is also a key spinner of the attack and has been with the franchise for more than three years.
His touching moment in the IPL came when he managed to dismiss both Kohli and de Villiers back-to-back in an IPL game. He has taken 48 wickets in 47 matches so far.
With suitable pitches for spinners in the UAE, the youngster will look to add more wickets to his already impressive CV and keep an eye on retention when the auction takes place in 2022.
After the management gave confidence to India wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik in 2018 by naming him his captain, the 36-year-old hasn’t set the stage on fire so far. Always known to be highly skilled, Karthik has played well in patches and not consistently as he wanted.
The right-handed batsman also did not make his mark as captain and failed to win games for KKR. Although he relinquished the captaincy, he could not finish the game which he expected.
With age coming to an end, Karthik will have to find form and come back between the runs. Apart from Russell and captain Eoin Morgan, he is one of the key players to bat for KKR.
The 36-year-old also said that he wants to play T20Is for India. With a decent run in the UAE leg of the IPL, Karthik can certainly remind the selectors and the KKR management that he is not done yet.
The Caribbean batter had a horrible first-half of IPL in India earlier this year. He registered three ducks and looked off rhythm. Touted as the next big thing in cricket, the southpaw came with a reputation in IPL as Punjab Kings shelled out a huge sum to acquire his services.
He has played one or two good knocks but has failed to bring consistency in his game. All is not lost for the Caribbean star as he has enough calibre to stage a comeback with the bat.
Coach Anil Kumble and skipper KL Rahul have trusted Pooran and he will look to pay by scoring runs for the franchise. Also, he will look to play as a finisher in the team and help PKBS lift its maiden title.