The 2021 edition of the IPL has finally concluded as the Chennai Super Kings win the title for the 4th time. This ended one of the most competitive seasons in the tournament’s history. There were several close matches, with each win being earned after a hard-fought match.
Through some of these battles emerged a bunch of talented young stars who have now got the attention of the fans and their respective cricket boards as well. That is the ultimate goal of the IPL after all, to shine light on some of the talented players on the big stage.
These men’s performances stood out from the rest of the players and are definitely going to be players to look out for in the future.
Chennai Super Kings opener Ruturaj Gaikwad was one of the most talked-about players in this year’s IPL. Making his IPL debut this year, Gaikwad had one of the most incredible performances in an IPL season ever, scoring 4 half centuries and an incredible century against the Rajasthan Royals as well.
With his string of incredible scores, Gaikwad became the highest run-scorer in this year’s IPL and hence was awarded the orange cap.
Playing his first IPL season under the Delhi Capitals, Avesh Khan certainly made an impact while playing for DC. Khan joined fellow DC bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje to form one of the most feared bowling units in this year’s IPL tournament.
Khan regularly picked wickets and ended up being DC’s highest wicket-taker. He also was overall the second highest wicket taker of the entire season, taking an incredible 24 wickets that contributed to his team making it to the playoffs for the third year in a row.
Punjab Kings bowler Arshdeep Singh had one of the most memorable seasons this year. The 21-year-old bowler played was retained by PBKS for a third season with high expectations, and he delivered very well, taking a total of 18 wickets across the entire season. He just missed out on a spot in the top-5 highest wicket takers of the season. One wicket short of his PBKS teammate Mohammed Shami.
Singh had one of the best bowling figures in IPL history with an impressive 5/37, being one of the only 3 bowlers to take 5 wickets this season.
Rajasthan Royals bowler Kartik Tyagi gained a lot of recognition following the RR vs PBKS match that took place in Abu Dhabi this year. Tyagi bowled the final over and had the task of defending 4 runs off 6 balls with his back against the wall
Tyagi bowled one of the most patient overs, taking the wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Deepak Hooda as he successfully managed to defend 4 runs, giving away just 1 run in the entire over.
Harshal Patel arguably had arguably the best season in IPL history. He began this year’s season taking 5 wickets in the very first match against the Mumbai Indians. Patel would continue to deliver throughout the season, ultimately taking the most wickets in this year’s IPL season.
He took 32 wickets in the season, breaking the record for most wickets taken by an Indian in IPL history and tying the record for most wickets ever taken in the IPL, a record he shares with Dwayne Bravo. Patel also took a hat-trick against the Mumbai Indians later in the tournament.
Along with his purple cap, Patel also won the Dream11 Game Changer of the Season and the Upstox Most Valuable Player of the season to conclude one of the best seasons ever played by a man in IPL history.