IPL is one of the most anticipated and biggest cricket festivals not only in India but also across the world due to several reasons. For a cricket fan, it is an absolute game changer and brings wholesome entertainment every season. In this post, we will discuss the five most deserving players who are the part of their franchises but still warming the benches for some reasons.
- Moeen Ali – RCB
He is not actually the most anticipated T20 player but still knows the game and can use his skills to a good effect whenever needed. Being great in Tests, the left-hander can score well in limited overs and strike the ball up to 130 in T20s. The Royal Challengers Bangalore has its own issues.
They have Colin de Grandhomme, who is an all-rounder, but still not getting overs to bowl. When RCB is having tough time these days, Ali’s experience can be a great effect in middle order and his off-spin can be helpful to shut the opposition batsmen.
- Sandeep Lamichhane – Delhi Daredevils
Though Nepal doesn’t fall on cricket map, but it couldn’t stop this 2000-born cricketer to make his own way. Delhi Daredevils has been going through a terrible season. But Sandeep Lamichhane has not got any chance yet, despite being the part of the squad. With replaced captain and no results showing, DD must try him out, as their ship is sinking already these days. They would need to bench either Glenn Maxwell or Liam Plunkett to rope in Lamichhane.
- Cameron Delport – Kolkata Knight Riders
Though many of us won’t remember, but Delport has rose to fame during one of his terrific knocks when he opened against CSK in 2014 in Champions League T20. His 34 runs off 9 balls were enough to scare off the rivals and show what he can do. At that point, he bagged the IPL contract.
In T20s, his records shouldn’t be overlooked. The 28-year-old has three centuries in T20 and his strike rate is around 140. He picked 48 wickets with medium pace bowling at economy rate of 7.65. His terrific batting attack and game-changing bowling could give another edge to Knight Riders, especially after the costly spell of Mitchell Johnson in the last game.
- David Willey – CSK
CSK faced an extreme blow when Kedar Jadhav injured his hamstring and walked out of the field at the opening match against MI. In the last over, he scored a boundary but was ruled out and replaced by David Willey from England. For the English team, the 28-year-old has been known for his pace bowling and opening the innings.
- Carlos Brathwaite – SRH
Brathwaite is an honest player and he knows that the team might tell him to go outside for the longest period of time, especially when they are doing great under Kane Williamson. But the West Indian can bring an impact when it was needed the most, as he showed in finals of World T20 in 2016. He just needs backing.