Three days to go. The IPL extravaganza would kick – off this time in India amid a meteoric rise of Covid 19. Although the dampener could be that the public would not be allowed inside the stadium, fans are ready to watch the action on their TV sets.
Although a few star players like Hazelwood have decided to skip the tournament, the eight teams have their squads in the right place. Recent performances by certain Indian players in local or International tournaments may cost a few others to be benched unless there are injuries.
Kheltalk.com has analyzed this situation and five top players who might warm the bench in this IPL.
1. David Miller (Rajasthan Royals).
Miller can be considered as a veteran in IPL Tournaments. He made his debut for KXIP in 2012 and progressed from strength to strength for the first four years. His fielding was a considerable asset, and his batting earned him a consistent place in the middle- order. Problems started in 2016, and Miller was an easy wicket to the scalp, and this leads to him being dropped for most of the matches, if not all.
His luck did not turn around after RR purchased him in 2018, and his poor run continued. He played in only one match in 2020 and is expected to warm the bench in the upcoming IPL.
2. Mujeeb Ur Rahman ( Punjab Kings XI)
Mujeeb did burst into the 2018 IPL as a bowling all-rounder and scalped 17 wickets. He featured only in 2 matches in the UAE and did not add anything to his wickets tally. Even though his performances for Afghanistan have been good, he would find it difficult to get into the playing Xl in this IPL 2021. He is expected to warm the benches and could miss 2021.
3. Tom Curran: ( Rajasthan Royals)
He did make his debut for the KKR in 2018 and bowled reasonably well in the limited chances given. He shifted to RR in 2020 and again’ took wickets, but this time at a heavy cost. His batting was far better in 2020 too.
Rajasthan has a much stronger unit now, and Tom would find it very difficult to feature in the playing XI.
4. Fabian Allen (Punjab XI)
Fabian is known for his heavy hits with the bat and was purchased by SRH in 2020. It was unfortunate; he was not given a single match to prove his worth as the SRH franchise was packed with talents. Punjab XI has purchased him now, but the same problem could occur again as Punjab XI has many heavyweights in its batting. Fabian can consider himself lucky if he gets to play even in one match. He would continue to warm the bench yet again this year.
5. Dhawal Kulkarni (Mumbai Indians)
One can describe Dhawal Kulkarni as an ‘ old war- horse’ as far as IPL goes. He has featured in many franchises and has featured in 91 games over the past 13 years since its inception in 2008. The medium-pacer has been going downhill with his performances over the past three years for Rajasthan Royals and was lucky enough to be purchased by Mumbai Indians for this upcoming IPL.
His luck may have stopped there as he would find it difficult to squeeze into the playing eleven as MI has many bowlers in the pace department. Dhawal is almost sure to warm the benches and share his experiences with the team’s newbies, which has Arjun Tendulkar.