The ongoing season of the Indian Premier League has been one of the best ever with so many matches going down to the wire . More so, the return of Chennai Super Kings coupled with their heart winning performances have made it even better. T20 cricket is a big test of a player’s all-around ability and deliver whenever required. The all-rounder’s playback very important role, and hence today we take a look at the top 5 all rounders this season in the IPL.
Narine is undoubtedly one of the handiest and reliable T20 specialists in world cricket. His superb economy rate and ability to pick up regular wickets makes him a dangerous bowler, and his improvement in batting ability over the past 1 year has only added icing to the cake. He has found it hard after the action change but he definitely a bowler you can bank on any day and night. He has been highly influential in KKR’s good run this season. Narine has delivered whenever he was asked to open the batting and did well with the ball as well. His fierce batting from the word go gives KKR a headstart from where they have gone on to put a good total on the board. He had been by far the best player for KKR this season.
While Narine has given KKR quick starts, Andre Russell has helped them to extend their total with some clean hitting late in the innings. His knocks of 88(36) and 41(12) against CSK and Delhi have been proof of what he can be. Any part of his bat can take the ball sailing over the boundary, such as the power that this player possesses. He also has taken 7 wickets so far. Although he was finding it difficult to pick up wickets at the start of the season, he has come back strongly off late to take his tally to 7. Undoubtedly he has been one of the most effective all-rounders this season.
This season too, Hardik Pandya has proved why he should be a guaranteed pick wherever he plays. He has picked up 14 wickets, the highest for Mumbai Indians, and has scored some brilliant cameos after coming down the order. Although it has been a difficult season for Mumbai Indians, he has not failed to give his best. His has scored 169 runs so far, and most of them coming in the last 4 matches, out of which Mumbai have won 3 and put themselves on track. A big part of this credit has to go to Hardik Pandya
The 36-year-old swashbuckling all-rounder is no longer a part of the Australian team but has refurbished his T20 career by playing in various leagues around the world. This season in the IPL has been no different for him, with 328 runs under his belt. After a difficult season with RCB last time, CSK were bold to lay faith in the veteran, and the move has surely paid off. A century against Rajasthan Royals just showed that he still had a lot of cricket left in him. His good starts have enabled CSK to build on the base towards the end of the innings, which has been the mantra to their success this season. In addition to that, he has also picked up 6 wickets.
Dwayne Bravo, 34, has aged but not out of sort. The CSK all-rounder is in top shape in the Indian Premier League 2018. The West Indian all-rounder has played deep down the order but has scored some handy runs. His opening day innings against Mumbai Indians were a complete delight to watch. His ability to score quick runs down the order makes him one of the vital players to have at number 7 or 8. It’s his bowling which adds value to the team. He is not express anymore but his variation in slower deliveries makes him hard to get away. He has been one of the economical bowlers for the CSK this season. The regular of the team will have a big task at his hand when CSK enter the business end of the season.