As the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) unfolds, the excitement levels have witnessed an unprecedented increase. The legion of impassioned followers of this beautiful sport have been waiting at the edge of their seats for the action to unravel after the gruelling wrath of Covid-19 virus postponed the first leg. After a hiatus of 4.5 months, we are back with a bang! The IPL has time and again been a perfect launching pad for a plethora of players and have also allowed top-notch players to hone their skills and prove a point. In this article, we dive deep into 3 players to watch out for in the second leg of the cash-rich tournament.
Virat KohliThe legendary batsman Virat Kohli, definitely has the Midas touch in cricket and in the IPL. With 6076 runs under his belt, Virat Kohli is the highest run-getter of the tournament and has a point to prove in this IPL. While he has decided to call it quits from T20I captaincy post the ICC T20I World Cup in UAE later this year, there will be growing desire and hunger to prove his mettle as an IPL captain. With Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) sitting at the top of the table and with some explosive players in their ranks, the stage is set for King Kohli to lay his hands on an IPL trophy for the first time. The talismanic skipper of RCB is currently traded at a last value of 102.1.
Wanindu HasarangaAnother player from the RCB franchise, wily right arm leg-break bowler Wanindu Hasaranga will be another key player in the RCB outfit. You should ideally pick him up right away because he is sure to wreak havoc in the slow and sluggish, spin-friendly conditions of UAE. A bowler who can simply conjure magic with his powerful and impactful spells; A batsman who can change the face of the game with the carnage from the willow. This essentially sums up one of the newest recruits of RCB, Wanindu Hasaranga. Hasaranga hogged the spotlight with his exemplary performances in the recently-concluded Sri Lanka vs India limited overs series where-in he bagged 7 wickets in the T20I series. He has a last value of 88.1 and should be a sure addition to your portfolio.
Lokesh RahulIncluding Lokesh Rahul in your portfolio should be a no brainer, considering the aura and charisma the 29-year-old stylish batsman has with the bat. Lokesh Rahul has time and again cemented his place in every T20 team and is also the skipper of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) franchise. The orange cap holder of the 2020 season, Lokesh Rahul has produced a lot of blitzkriegs in IPL 2021 and is second in the orange hap list. With additional responsibilities under his belt, Lokesh Rahul only becomes a better batsman. With a last value of 103.3 and a change percentage of +0.16%, Lokesh Rahul is a hot property in the IPL currently and you must have him on board, before the prices surge.