Time for the rusted guns to RECOIL and FIRE in IPL!!!!

In this modern and accelerating era of cricket it can be rightly said that “time waits for no one and one has to perform or perish”. With the introduction of T20, cricket has become a game of power hitting and acrobatic fielding. To achieve this, the cricket boards are investing in young blood. In the recently concluded IPL mega auction, it wasevident from the start that franchises have become smarter and instead of going blindfolded for the big names, they concentrated more on genuine match winners. With the exponential drop in the value of the big fishes, it’s high time for them to perform or get ready to become a forgotten commodity. Here is the list of players, who are looking to stamp their authority on the stage of Indian Premier League.


Regarded as the sixer king of Indian cricket, the man of the tournament in 2011 World Cup and 2007 T20 World Cup, is struggling for a place in the national side since June 2017. He surprised many when he made a comeback after recovering from a dreadful disease like cancer, but from that time his frequent ins and outs have weakened his spot in Team India. The left-hander, who was once bought by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping amount of 16 crores, got just 2 crores in this year’s IPL. He will turn up to play for Kings XI Punjab but an alarming decline in the price tag clearly suggest that he will have to play exceptionally well if he has to retain any hope of playing for India in the 2019 World Cup.


As the wrist spinners have hogged all the limelight in the year gone by, the veteran Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has lost his place due to the rampant drop in his performance. In the 2013 season of Champions Trophy, he took wickets at an average of 12.83 and an economy rate of 3.75 whereas in 2017, his wickets came at an average of 62.25 and an economy close to 6 in the next edition of the same tournament. These numbers are clearly demonstrating that post 2015 World Cup, Jadeja has been abysmal in limited overs cricket, meaning a considerable drop in his performance. However, he was still retained by the Chennai Super Kings before the all-important IPL auction and now it’s up to him to make his performance count in one of the most followed leagues across the globe.


This Australian batsman is always viewed as a T-20 player who generally start his innings in the 4th gear andcan change the game at any stage. A lot of questions plagued the team selection for the one-day internationals against England, when Australian captain Steven Smith publicly criticized Maxwell's training standards and implored the Victorian to ditch the 'funky' stuff. After overlooking Maxwell, Australia lost to England by 1-4 in the ODI series and was in total chaos to find the right combination for the upcoming T20 series. Making his comeback in the side, Maxwell scored a century in a T-20 international against England, taking Australia home singlehandedly. Also, Maxwell had a solid Big Bash 2017-18 season, where in 9 innings, he scored around 300 runs with a blistering strike rate of 155 and that too at a very decent average of 38 in the T20 perspective. This led to another set of debate with many questioning his omission from the one day side, which had lost to visiting English team. For him, the new season of the IPL is another opportunity to showcase his talent and win back his place in the national side across formats.


Raina, the first Indian to score a hundred in a T20I, had to go through a lot as far as his position in the team is concerned. Before the T20 series against South Africa, Suresh Raina was out of reckoning since February 2017. His timely and an unbeaten 126 runs off 59 balls against Bengal in one of the matches in Syed Mushtaq Ali trophybrought back the memories of old Raina and when he finally accumulated 314 runs during the course of whole tournament, the selectors couldn’t resist themselves from calling him back. He was rewarded with a place in the squad for T20Is. Keeping 2019 World Cup and the wobbling condition of the present middle order in mind, one can say that India definitely need a batsman like Raina, who can come after Dhoni and hit boundaries. His presence in the field can also lift the enthusiasm among other fielders. Apart from his batting and fielding, Raina can roll his arm over to provide his skipper another option if needed.


The Australian all-rounder, who is known as a powerful hitter and a useful medium pace bowler was bought by Delhi Daredevils in this year’s IPL auction. He had his last international outing in the T20 series against India but he couldn’t deliver according to expectations and was dropped. His position is even worse in the ODIs, where he has not played for Australia since January 2014. However, Dan played a very crucial role for Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 10 with both bat and bowl. In the recently concluded Big Bash League, he represented Brisbane Heat and was a consistent performer for them. With his ability to hit the ball hard and long, coming down the order and bowling 4 overs of thequota, he will meticulously look for a resurgence in the national side through IPL this season.

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