The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to start from April 9 onwards. This season will be a bit of a challenge for teams given the limitation of six venues, bio bubble and action without fans. Like every IPL season, there are a set of players in the competition who are the prime assets for their teams. These players have that extra bit of edge to often tilt the factor in favour of their respective sides. There are also emerging players who crop up and go on to show consistency as time progresses. On this account, we look at the most dangerous players of each team in IPL 2021.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill has done a lot of fine things of late in his young career. The KKR youngster and Team India batsman is someone who can set the tempo for the side atop. With KKR looking up to Gill for positive starts, his influence will be massive. KKR do not have an established opening duo and therefore Gill’s importance is of huge value. With 939 runs in 41 matches for KKR, Gill will aim to better the 440-run mark achieved last season.
Shakib Al Hasan’s return to KKR is a huge bonus. Shakib was bought in the IPL 2021 Auction after having represented the franchise previously under Gautam Gambhir. With some mouth-watering records in the game, Shakib is a consistent force. His bowling on the slow tracks will help KKR. He is a celebrated performer and will bolster KKR’s spin show.
Indian batsman Suryakumar Yadav has changed his fortunes since moving to MI a few years back. Since 2018, he has managed to pile up scores of 512, 424, and 480. What Surya brings to the table is assurance. He is the perfect anchorman who is so comfortable with his shot-making. The former KKR player will be a massive threat for teams this time too,
Jasprit Bumrah has taken over from Lasith Malinga as MI’s leading pacer. The right-arm fast bowler is another player with a flurry of wickets under his belt. Since 2016, he has claimed 15-plus wickets every season. In IPL 2020, he scalped 27 wickets at 14.96. Bumrah boasts of excellent results at the death and will be ominous.
Chennai Super Kings
Suresh Raina’s return brings a lot of cheer for CSK. The celebrated IPL star missed IPL 2020 due to personal reasons and will be plying his trade this season. At number three in batting, Raina will aim to solve issues CSK faced last season with the bat. Raina has been a leading customer in IPL and there will be a lot of positivity in CSK’s ranks.
Sam Curran lit up IPL 2020 for CSK in the UAE with some brilliant all-around performance. His exploits make him a must in the CSK side. What Curran offers is versatility and match-winning credentials. He will be aiming to impress at large and be the candidate CSK look up to.
KL Rahul’s significance has risen drastically since making his debut for Punjab in IPL 2018. The former RCB player has smashed 659, 593, and 670 runs for Punjab in the last three seasons. Notably, he is the Orange Cap holder. Rahul’s exploits in powerplay overs will once again test opposition teams at large.
Nicolas Pooran will need to power Punjab in the middle besides sticking out his bat to provide the finishing touches as well. One of the most desirable T20 youngsters, Pooran has a healthy strike rate of 165.39. He is a champion boundary hitter and can change the complexion of games.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli has been RCB’s star man since he took over the captaincy role in 2013. Despite not winning the competition, Kohli’s individual records are a testament. He has always stood up to be among the top run-scorers and his importance will once again revolve in going the distance. He can bat for long periods and an opening role this time could benefit the side.
Yuzvendra Chahal has been a leading spinner in the IPL of late. The RCB stalwart is the side’s main threat with the ball. Chahal has excellent records and his performance in every season makes him a lethal weapon for the Kohli-led side. With 121 wickets, Chahal will look to replicate his performance in the last season where he claimed a handful of 21 scalps.
Captain David Warner has been the decisive force for SRH over the years. The three-time Orange Cap winner is a no brainer when it comes to being the most dangerous player in any team. Warner is all about consistency and his runs at the top is what SRH will be hoping to see as the season progresses. Warner will hope to score 500-plus runs once again.
Rashid Khan’s influence with the ball has been a major impetus for SRH since 2017. The Afghanistan spinner has claimed 17, 21, 17, and 20 wickets in the four seasons for SRH. With an economy rate of 6.24, Rashid will aim to stifle teams with the ball by not giving anything away. One expects another top performance from him.
Kagiso Rabada has been a significant player for DC and with 55 wickets in the last two seasons, he has been nothing short of a magician. Rabada has been excellent at the death as well and is by far the best pacer in IPL right now. With Anrich Nortje in support, Rabada will aim to replicate the magic they shared last season (52 wickets).
Rishabh Pant has been given the onus of captaincy this season and the youngster will aim to take his side past the line in the absence of the injured Shreyas Iyer. Pant has been enjoying a superb run of form across formats for Team India and with a healthy record in the IPL, the youngster can go on to win matches for his side.
Ben Stokes showed his brilliance with a sublime knock of 99 in the recently concluded India-England ODIs. Stokes, who smashed a century for RR last season against MI, could be used at the top alongside Jos Buttler. Stokes knows the conditions well and his experience can help him be the standout performer for the Royals.
Sanju Samson has a lot on his plate this season after also being handed the captaincy role. The 27-year-old has to carry RR past the last-place finish last season. Samson is an exciting talent and this season provides him with the chance to show his maturity as a player. By performing well, Samson can brighten up his chance in India’s T20 World Cup squad.