Since IPL 21 had been postponed, fans are looking forward to the resume of the paused action. People wish if they had a resume button just to witness and continue with those breathtaking moments in IPL 21 without any terminations.
It was only around seven to eight matches that each team could play until the pandemic hit hard. The beginning was filled with too much action and many players with their splendid performances often stole the show.
In this particular analysis, we are going to have a look at data as well as those show stoppers who stole the show with their out-of-the-ordinary performance.
Cricket is a team game where every effort of all the eleven players alongside the whole squad, management, coaches, etc are counted.
Apart from this, there are always few out-of-the-ordinary players who surprise and entertain every cricket fan with their remarkable performances. They are someone with huge contributions taking their teams forward along the competition.
The secret behind the Capital’s charm
The Delhi Capitals are at the top of the points table. Sometimes the skipper Dhawan taking the backseat and letting the youngsters open up, while sometimes leading and striking the ball beautifully and mercilessly puts him at the top of the table of leading run-scorer during the first phase of play.
With an average of 54.28, The Orange capped Dhawan alongside Prithvi Shaw is proving to be a dangerous pair for their opponents. Both contributing around 700 runs for their team in the first 8 innings is something very much admirable.
Shaw on the other hand has scored three 50s along with a strike rate of 38.50 which is low when compared to Dhawans’, but the way he gives a graceful start to every game – this has become a concern to the opponents but surely a blessing to the Delhi Capitals’.
On the other hand, Avesh Khan with the ball is helping DC to retain such positions considering the points table. He is also the second leading bowler with the most no. of wickets during the first phase of play- therefore a gamechanger for DC.
After a humiliating last season in IPL 20, the Super Kings are all set again to lock horns with Mumbai Indians for the second phase on 19th September to resume the season which was suspended due to a Covid outbreak in the bio-bubbles earlier this year. They are currently at no. 2 considering the points table.
Considering data of Ravindra Jadeja, it is seen that along with the best batting average among all the notable names in cricket, sir Jadeja has maintained a great economy in terms of bowling.
He is seen to be contributing both with the bat and bowl and also emerging as one of the most important experienced all-rounders for the side. Also, one of the most reliable choices for MSD and a game-changer for real.
On the other hand. Faf du Plessis has been performing out-of-the-box with his bat. He is the third leading scorer along with a super average of 64. He is calming the top order in batting for CSK and is delivering class since the beginning of the season of IPL 21- therefore a major game-changer for the side.
The barbaric bowler’s doing their part
The Purple capped Harshal Patel from Royal Challengers Bangalore has been striking for Bangaluru after every 9 balls. The leading wicket-taker is truly changing the games and helping RCB to move along the tournament.
With an incredible average of 15 and taking 17 wickets in just 7 innings is way appreciable for the 30-year-old bowler, including a fiver against the dangerous Mumbai Indians – the first ever bowler to take five wickets against the defending champions. From bowling successful Yorkers to bowling heroic death overs Patel is seen to be flourishing well during the first phase of the IPL 21.
Next, we looked at data for Rahul Chahar from the Mumbai Indians and was found out that the youngster has proven himself as a major asset to the bowling line-up for MI. Playing for seven innings during the first phase and taking 11 wickets for Mumbai- he is the leading wicket taker for Mumbai considering stats during the first phase. He is seen to be striking after every 15 balls- thus proving to be a game-changer for the defending champions.
The star from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan is next on the list. Considering data from the first phase of the game-play, it is seen that he is the most economic when it comes to conceding runs. Very difficult to hit and also taking 10 wickets in 7 innings with an economy of 6.14- he is a true game-changer for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The game changers for Punjab
Let us look at data for the dangerous duo from Punjab- Rahul and Mayank.
Both of them appeared for 7 innings. KL Rahul who is also the no.2 leading run-scorer in the first phase has his friend Mayank Agarwal alongside him with whom he used to open for U-19 India. With a breathtaking average of 66.2 and a strike rate of over 130, he has some of the best stats considering the first phase of play.
Rahul has also scored four 50s in just 7 matches- a gamechanger for real! The duo has a great understanding while on-field, this could be seen when they both struck fluent half-centuries to guide Kings XI Punjab to a six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a nail-biting match in Mohali.
Proving to be a game-changer- both are expected to steal shows during the second phase of the tournament which will be commencing from 19th September.
The Royal saviours
The Rajasthan Royals are at the fifth position in the points table. Considering their lack of reinforcement, they are fairly doing well in the first phase of the IPL and also have got a chance to make it to the playoffs if they manage to maintain a good position in the league’s points table.
The skipper has been doing most of the hard work. His heroic performances with the absence of few marque players, it is seen that with an average of 46.16 and a strike rate of 145.78 he also has a century to his name during the first phase of play. Performing in each of the seven innings, he is truly a royal gamechanger.
Another top performer with the ball, Chris Morris is all set to trouble the batsmen again. Striking after every 11 runs, he has proved to be a threat for every batsman. He has appeared in all 7 innings and took 14 wickets for his team- therefore proving to be a major gamechanger with the ball on his hands.
With 31 more matches remaining for the completion of the IPL 21 season, fans are expecting a lot more from the second phase. From witnessing some of the greatest centuries and half-centuries from the class batsmen during phase one, some extraordinary bowling also caught our eyes.
To conclude it we can say that the first phase of IPL had some unlikely heroes besides the big names performing well. With just a few days remaining for Phase 2 to begin in Dubai on September 19, the anticipation around is at its peak and the fans have begun counting down to see their favorite players back in action for their teams.
While the likes of Harshal Patel, Faf du Plessis, Avesh Khan, and Shikhar Dhawan amongst others stole the show. Also, with such a long gap, IPL 2021 Phase 2 is expected to see the rise of other players.