Over the year, IPL has got bigger and grander with each passing season. New heroes have come out for the team, be it a youngster or experienced player. Shane Watson, Yusuf Pathan, Chris Gayle, and Andre Russel have been the X-factors in previous seasons. This time, teams have banked on their prominent players who could win the most valuable trophy for their sides.
- Krunal Pandya – Mumbai Indians
Pandya brothers have been very prominent in MI team and played vital roles in IPL titles. In last season, elder sibling played much-needed knock of 47 in finals and won the tournament. Krunal scored 243 runs in IPL last year and picked 10 wickets. MI has retained Krunal Pandya with their Right to Match (RTL) card for Rs. 8.8 Crore.
- Suresh Raina – Chennai Super Kings
Here comes yet another powerful player this time from Chennai Super Kings who led the team win IPL titles back to back in 2010 and 2011. He scored around 400 runs in each season. He also played well in South Africa T20. Being a vice captain, Raina has more responsibilities for CSK team to perform and make a huge difference.
- Washington Sundar – Royal Challengers Bangalore
The 18-year-old is an extraordinary player who played really well in Nidahas Trophy 2018 for India. With economy of below 6, he picked 8 wickets. He bowls most of the overs in power play of batting. He picked 8 wickets in IPL 2017 but his economy of 6.62 played a really vital role. Sundar was the great choice for RCB by paying Rs. 3.3 crore. RCB had hard time with bowling in last season. Sundar will be the X-factor this time to overcome their weakness of bowling.
- Rashid Khan – Sunrisers Hyderabad
The star player in Afghanistan, Rashid Khan, is a leading name in IPL. He is one of the top bowlers in T20Is and ODIs. In 11 matches, he had picked up 17 wickets at economy of 6.62 in IPL 2017.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has retained the young and dynamic leg-spinner for whopping Rs. 9 Cr. He finished with 18 wickets in Big Bash League in 11 appearances and also played with bat well. SRH is hoping for yet another great outing with Rashid and his match-winning bowling attacks.
- Rishabh Pant – Delhi Daredevils
He is one of the leading and most promising Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2017 as he performed really well in batting. He played 14 matches and scored 366 runs at a great 165.61 strike rate.
He scored the fastest century in T20 by an Indian in Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018. He achieved the century off only 32 deliveries and he is just followed by Chris Gayle, who achieved the same in 30 balls.
Along with his significant batting skills, Rishabh Pant is also a promising name in wicket-keeping, especially when he plays for Delhi Daredevils. Hence, he is the crucial player in this range. The captain of Delhi Daredevils, Gautam Gambhir told that he could be the winner if he is kept at No. 3.