Extraordinary is ordinary in the Indian Premier League. A showdown of glitz and glamour that enthralls the audience is called the best Twenty20 tournament for every right reason.
From batsman making the bowlers shudder to the bowlers displaying their grit to claim the purple cap, the IPL extravaganza has changed the face of the T20 cricket.
As the blitz is back with its eleventh edition scheduled to begin from 7th April, let’s have a look at the lifelines of each team:
Chennai Super Kings- Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina rules the score tally of the IPL. He has scored 4540 runs in the ten editions of Indian Premier League and would be eyeing for more feats as his team is making a comeback after two years.
Having featured in each of Chennai’s matches, Raina is the most crucial player who holds a responsibility of building the innings in middle-order.
Strike Rate: 139.05
Also Read: For the love of Chennai
"You need to show intent in the first 6 overs. When you get the ball in your area, you hit it….Bowling to two lefties after the 7th over gave me a lot of confidence. I have been working hard on my bowling, hopefully you'll see more in the future." – #ChinnaThala #WhistlePodu💛 pic.twitter.com/SQ3UYsPTM9
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) February 24, 2018
Royal Challengers Bangalore- Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli, the backbone of Indian cricket team has played for the franchise of RCB since its inception. The current best batsman in the world holds the record of scoring 973 runs in a single season which is the highest number of runs scored by any batsman in a single edition of the league.
His ability to adapt along with his impeccable leadership skills makes him the most reliable player for RCB.
Strike Rate: 129.83
In addition to these mind-blowing stats, he also averaged 79.18 throughout the tour of 🇿🇦! 🔥
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) February 27, 2018
Delhi Daredevils- Gautam Gambhir:
Delhi Daredevils would be banking on the batting and leadership abilities of Gautam Gambhir who might turn things around for the franchise in the upcoming edition of IPL.
KKR’s talismanic player was the leading run scorer for his franchise and he would be looking forward to strengthening the batting order of Delhi Daredevils.
Strike Rate: 124.64
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लौट आया है दिल्ली का छोरा, अब बजेगा #IPL2018 में ढिंढोरा!
— Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) March 8, 2018
Kolkata Knight Riders- Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa is one of the most explosive openers of the IPL. He is the sixth-highest scorer of the colossal league with 3778 runs to his name. In 2014, when KKR clinched the IPL trophy, Uthappa formed the crux of it. He was the leading run scorer that season.
As the uncertainty looms over Chris Lynn, KKR would rely hugely on the willow of Uthappa.
Strike Rate: 131.64
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3⃣2⃣ days to go! 🙌
He goes by the name of Robin, but he's as sharp as Batman! #Knight @robbieuthappa has amassed the most stumpings (32) in VIVO @IPL . 👏#KKRHaiTaiyaar #IPL2018 pic.twitter.com/b8hpU1mJzT
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 7, 2018
Mumbai Indians would be depending on their skipper, Rohit Sharma for the eleventh edition of IPL. The defending champions who lack dependable top-order batsman would definitely vouch for the big-hitting capabilities of Rohit.
Currently, he is the third highest run scorer with 4207 in IPL.
Strike Rate: 130.9
Top batsman ✅
Proud skipper ✅
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 5, 2018
Rajasthan Royals-Ben Stokes:
The Royals are returning to the tournament after two years, and the franchise would try to prove themselves worth the wait.
Ben Stokes, who created stirs in his debut season would be continuing his spectacular form this year as well. In a handful of matches, Stokes proved that he might pose a threat to the best batsmen of the tournament.
Strike rate: 142.99
Also Read: Rajasthan gets their fortress back
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 1, 2018
Kings XI Punjab- Aaron Finch:
Aaron Finch, the only player who has played for seven different franchise since his debut would be a force to reckon this year.
Kings XI Punjab bought Aaron Finch for a whopping 6.2 crores, they would be relying on his batting abilities.
Strike Rate: 130.43
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) March 5, 2018
Sunrisers Hyderabad- David Warner:
The Australian opener, David Warner has been the backbone of Sunrisers Hyderabad. The only second player to be crowned with orange cap twice was retained by SRH this year.
Warner is the only overseas player to cross the mark of 4000 runs in the tournament. He is undoubtedly the most valuable asset of SRH.
Strike Rate: 142.14
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The Reverend @davidwarner31 has been on a rampage lately against the Proteas. Here’s wishing he continues this relentless run in the remaining tests. #LiveOrange #OrangeArmy pic.twitter.com/VWy87cgVHv
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 2, 2018