The Indian Premier League’s upcoming season is set to begin on April 9, 2021. The season will begin with a match between Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and the previous season’s defending champions, the Mumbai Indians.
Given the few days until the league’s kick-off, here are the 7 players we believe can make an impact this season.
Named after the famous Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, the 25-year-old right-handed batsman from Punjab has surely carved an identity of his own through his field dexterities. Kahn drew attention with his iconic performance as a finisher for Tamil Nadu in the domestic T20 tournament, taking the team to winner’s glory. Coming from a family of cricketers, the talented world-class batsman is a promising rising player of this season.
Marco Jansen, a 21-year-old from South Africa is the name to bring up when discussing young players making a name for themselves. He made his first-class debut playing for North West in 2018 and represented his country through South Africa, South Africa A, South Africa U-19, Durban Heat, and Warriors teams. Jansen has played 13 List A games, 12 first-class matches, and has featured in four T20s. Being an ongoing hot topic in town, we expect great things from Jansen this time around at IPL 2021.
Washington Sundar, a 21-year-old star from Chennai, began his journey to becoming a household name in cricket after making his debut in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup. He scored a spot in the Tamil Nadu squad for the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 because of his strong performance in the multi-nation tournament. Sundar has been grabbing the headlines ever since his 123-run partnership with Shardul Thakur in a Test Match #AUSvsINDIA at Australia earlier this year. As the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s eccentric left-handed batsman and right-handed off-spinner, Sundar is undoubtedly one to watch out for.
Sakariya’s story might just be the modern tale of Cinderella, except there are no fairy godmothers or royal balls, but talent, hard work, and the Rajasthan Royals. Chetan Sakariya, a 23-year-old player from Gujarat, is headed to represent RR in the upcoming IPL 2021 season. This season’s batsmen better watch out for Sakariya’s talent of formidable bowling curves and bluffs.
A 20-year-old player from Kerala, Devdutt Padikkal has marked his place in the field with his consistent batsmanship. He is one player that works up the crowd with his outstanding batsmanship. Padikkal’s left-handed batsman finesse captivates the crowd’s awe and appreciation. Representing the Royal Challengers this season, it is most likely that Padikkal is bound to make it to the spotlight.
Dawid is a 33-year-old cricketer from England who has proven that passion triumphs age. The left-handed batsman and leg-break bowler may be a late bloomer, but his eccentric performances speak in volumes. The extra years of polishing his talent reflect in his pulsating delivery of top-of-the-game performance. He will be joining the Punjab Kings this IPL 2021, and we are expecting great things from him.
Virat Singh is a vibrant left-handed batsman who bats at the top of the order but is also no stranger to off-spin bowling. The 23-year-old player from Jamshedpur will be a part of the dynamic team Sunrisers Hyderabad this season. He has a record of consistently scored runs in domestic cricket, and we expect nothing less than an establishment of his dominance in the IPL 2021.
There will be 56 league matches in the 14th edition of the T20 league. Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, and Ahmedabad are the six cities.