NEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League (IPL) fever is back and the players are all geared up for a solid performance. After a spectacular show last evening at IPL opening ceremony, it is now time to see the first battle between Mumbai Indians and defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders today.
All eight teams have pulled up their socks and are set to fight against each other for the glorious trophy that was kept back on Tuesday by Kolkata Knight Riders Captain Gautam Gambhir.
While we are aware of the experienced star players, let’s take a look on the new comers in this season of IPL who are expected to take the ‘festivity’ to another level.
Trent Boult – Sunrisers Hyderabad
25-year-old New Zealand player with 22 victims became the highest wicket taker in the World Cup 2015 (joint). The left-arm speedster who combines space swing and accurateness to tedious effect, Trent Boult is expected to perform a deadly opening combination with Dale Steyn. The in-swinging Yorkers by this young player could really turn harmful for the star batsmen.
KC Cariappa - Kolkata Knight Riders
Well, undoubtedly, the first question that would have hit every mind at the time of auction would be ‘Who is KC Cariappa’ bought by KKR for an astonishing sum of Rs 2.4 crore ($400,000), 24 times his base price? Isn’t it? Here it is! 20-year old mystery spinner who is yet to play a first class match impressed the KKR Captain Gautam Gambhir in the nets. Apart from this, Cariappa’s performance at the Karnataka Premier League also added brownie points to his kitty and the growing star was selected for Shah Rukh Khan’s team.
Shreyas Iyer -Delhi Daredevils
In his debut Ranji season (809 runs, Average 50.6), Mumbai’s 20-year-old Shreyas Iyer was purchased for Rs. 2.6 crore by Delhi Daredevils making him the highest paid uncapped player.
Kyle Abbott - Chennai Super Kings
While many believed that South Africa should have picked up 27-year-old swinger, Kyle Abbot over Vernon Philander for the semifinal, Abbot who proved to be a real bargain at Rs. 30 lakh managed to impress in the few games he played at the World Cup 2015.
Sarfaraz Khan - Royal Challengers Bangalore
17-year-old Sarafraz Khan scored 211 runs with an average of 70.3 during the Under 19 World Cup campaign. This reason was fair enough for the RCB to sign him as the youngest player of the 2015 auction.
David Wiese - Royal Challengers Bangalore
Picked up at a price of Rs. 2.8 crore by the RCB, 29-year-old powerfully built All-Rounder Wiese surprised the auction tables. It would certainly interesting to see the South African cricketer exploring his T20 skills further.