IPL, which is set to begin on 8th April, is one of the biggest T20 competition in the world and there will be hundreds of players looking to make a mark on most watches cricketing event.
We look at eight players who can light up Indian Premier League 2015:
- Brendon McCullum– New Zealand captain was in sensational form at the World Cup, scoring runs at a strike rate of 188.5. McCullum’s clean hitting at the top during powerplays was crucial in New Zealand’s march to the finals. If given the confidence of going after the attack, McCullum has the game to tear apart any bowling line-up and the Super Kings will count upon him to get breezy starts and gain upper hand on the opposition early in the innings.
- Imran Tahir – One area where the Delhi Daredevils struggled last season was their spin bowling department, this time they’ve roped in Imran Tahir and would be extremely happy with the Proteas’ wicket taking form. The leggie was one of the best bowlers on display at the World Cup and would be incredibly handy in the Indian conditions, especially the Kotla wicket.
- Mitchell Starc – The Player of the Tournament at the World Cup is currently nursing an injury and won’t be available for the first two weeks of IPL. But for a team heavily loaded with batting super stars Starc will have an important role to play. RCB will count upon Starc to give a lift to the inexperienced bowling line up once he joins the squad and batsmen will be wary of his inswinging yorkers that accounted for most of his 22 scalps at the World Cup.
- K.L.Rahul – Since the last 12 months, the Karnataka lad has shown tremendous improvement and with a Test century going along with his Ranji exploits, Rahul will be full of confidence. But Rahul has a tough task ahead of him of bringing stability to a Sunrisers batting which is full of swashbuckling players. Last season SRH were found short on Indian talent in their batting but this time around Rahul could be the answer to their batting worries.
- Steven Smith – If there is one player who has consistently scored runs across all formats in the past 6 months, it is the Australian batting sensation Steven Smith. After a very productive summer against India in terms of runs and a World Cup medal to go along, Smith has caught the attention of the cricketing fraternity. He’s the emerging star on the cricketing horizon and Royals’ title bid will be heavily dependent on how Smith fares in the middle order.
- Aaron Finch – Mumbai Indians has been a star studded franchise and this time too they’re not short on star quotient. Ever since Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith departed, Mumbai Indians have struggled to get going at the start of their innings. This time they’ve turned towards Aaron Finch, the Victorian has a very good reputation of a T20 player. Though he had a relatively quiet World Cup after scoring a century in the opener, his performances over the last 12 months have been brilliant and his stint at Melbourne Renegades is any measure to go by then Mumbai has a player who could be destructive over the course of 20 overs and shapes the match on his own.
- David Miller – The South African is now a household name in India after his exploits in the previous edition of IPL. “Killer Miller” as he is popularly known has a much uncomplicated technique which helps him hit the ball anywhere from extra cover to mid-wicket. Miller is a terrific T20 player and in the World Cup as well he was in prime hitting form, this IPL we could again witness Miller maul the bowlers all over the park.
- K.C. Cariappa – When his name came up during the auction, not many tipped him to be bought, but Delhi and Kolkata went into a bidding war and eventually it was KKR who prized him away at a whopping Rs. 2.4 crores. Cariappa who hails from Coorg came to limelight with the Karnataka Premier League where he took 11 wickets playing for the Bijapur Bulls and ever since the auction the hype around the mystery spinner has increased dramatically. It would be interesting to see how he comes up against the pressure and strengthen the KKR spin department even more.