2022 is upon us, and buzz is about the tournament is also flaring up with many teams ready to continue their quest for the prestigious IPL trophy. New teams have also been introduced, and it is expected to see how far teams will go.
Alongside the teams, their star players will also be the center of attention as they will spearhead their team in this tournament.
Now we focus on those players who could be MVPS of their team in this IPL.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)- Ravindra Jadeja
MS Dhoni hands over Chennai Super Kings captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja— ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2022
(Picture courtesy: CSK Twitter handle) pic.twitter.com/cnYEbpCQZK
All eyes will be on Ravindra Jadeja, who has been the instrumental player for Chennai Super Kings over the past years. Jadeja is a left-arm off-spin bowler and an allrounder; he bats from the left-arm middle order.
He was bought by CSK for $2 million; subsequently, he went on to become their best bowler after taking 150 wickets on 22 January 2017. He has a decent record as a batsman inT20s. He has played 57 matches and scored 326 runs, his batting averages of 27.26
Delhi Capitals (DC)- David Warner
.@davidwarner31 ensured the Aussies started their innings brightly with a 🔝 fifty 💪🏼#PAKvAUS #YehHaiNayiDilli pic.twitter.com/eTOrAyTV0W— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 24, 2022
The Australian cricketer is the most successful batsman in the IPL, having won the orange cup three times and smashed 5000 runs in IPL. He first played for Delhi Daredevils, where he established a record of consecutive Twenty20 hundred.
He later joined Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he stamped his authority and finished his first season as IPL's second top-scorer with 848 runs. As he kept scoring runs, he was also indulging in controversies and was later dropped by the team for an entire season.
He left SRH and was bought by Delhi Capitals for this season now, and it remains to be seen how David Warner will make amends.
Gujurat Titans (GT)- Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan is one of the most decorated bowlers in cricket history; he was first bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad and became their star player. He ended the first season with SRH taking 17 wickets in 14 matches, becoming the fourth-highest wicket-taker of the tournament.
In 2022 he was sold to Gujarat Titans for 15 crores. And in his five-season in IPL, Rashid Khan has taken a mammoth 93 wickets with an economy of 6.33.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)- Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine has been the most prominent player for Kolkata Knight Rider as he was termed the most valuable player and won the MVP award in his debut season for KKR in 2012.
Sunil Narine is an off-spin bowler and left-handed batsman. He played in IPL for ten years and has made 134 appearances for KKR, eking out 143 wickets with an economy of 24.53. His batting has been decent as well. Sunil Narine has smashed 954 runs in 134 outings with an average of 15.63.
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) -Marcus Stoinis
Skills with the ball,— Niheer Tadvi (@ddghatakop) March 24, 2022
Power with the bat. @MStoinis is a proper cricketing brat. 🤩💪#MarcusStoinis #LucknowSuperGiants pic.twitter.com/cvvrSSPZMG
Marcus Stoinis is a right-arm medium who only plays short format of crickets. Delhi Daredevils bought him in 2015, and after a year, he was picked up by Kings XI Punjab. He achieved his stardom by taking 4/15 from his four overs against Mumbai Indians.
When Delhi Daredevils were renamed Delhi Capitals, they bought Marcus Stoinis but sold him to Lucknow Super Giants in the 2022 IPL auction.
The Australian bowler has played only 56 games in his seven-season of IPL, bagging 30 wickets with an economy of 32.30. However, his batting is quite impressive, having smashed 914 with an average of 27.69.
Mumbai Indians (MI)- Suryakumar Yadav
The 31-year-old represents Mumbai Indian in IPL; he is a right-handed batsman and occasionally does bowling as well with right-arm medium pace and spin bowler.
Suryakumar Yadav has racked up 2341 runs in 115 games for Mumbai Indians with an average of 28.90. he has been the Mumbai Indians' stalwart for 11 years.
Punjab Kings (PBKS)- Shikhar Dhawan
New colours, same hunger #SaddaPunjab 💪 pic.twitter.com/wz97Nz7LFs— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) March 23, 2022
Shikar Dhawan is cricket's distinguished player who is a left-handed batsman. He was made captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014 IPL. He guided the team to the 2018 IPL final but lost to Chennai Super Kings.
He was later traded to Delhi Capitals in 2019 and notched up back-to-back hundred becoming the first player to do so. He then reached 500 runs in IPL, becoming the fifth batsman to achieve the milestone.
In 2021 he scored 587 runs and finished the fourth on the orange cap list. In the 2022 auction, Punjab Kings purchased him for ₹ 8.25 crores. In his overall IPL career, Shikar Dhawan has secured 5784 runs in 192 games with an average of 34.84.
Rajasthan Royals (RR)- Jos Buttler
The 31-year-old is a right-handed batsman who plies his trade for Rajasthan Royals. Jos Buttler made his first debut for Mumbai Indians, where he played two seasons. In 2019 Rajasthan Royals landed him as he found his mojo back in 2020, he scored 328 runs at an average of 33.
As his prominence grew in Rajasthan Royals, they kept retaining him, and in IPL 2022 auction Rajasthan Royals once again retained him for 10 Crores. Jos Buttler has managed to score 1968 runs in his 65 outings with an average of 35.14.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)- Faf du Plessis
Du Plessis will be the new captain for Royal Challengers Bangalore after Virat Kohli stepped down as their captain. The 37-year-old is a right-handed batsman and right-arm leg breaker bowler.
Before joining RCB, Faf du Plessis has played for Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiant. In his nine years at IPL, du Plessis has accumulated 2935 runs in 100 matches with an average of 34.95.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)- Nicholas Pooran
The Caribbean powerhouses 💪— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 23, 2022
Who do you think hits the longer six, @nicholas_47 or @RomarioShepher2? #OrangeArmy #ReadyToRise #TATAIPL pic.twitter.com/CzJzIa8QCt
Nicholas Pooran is a young talent who is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler. Pooran was bought by Mumbai Indians for 10 lakh but did not play an entire season in 2017. In the 2018 IPL auction, he went unsold.
Subsequently, he was purchased by Kings XI Punjab, where burst onto the scene as he scored 353 runs in the 14 matches. This led to many teams bidding for him, and SRH secured his service for ₹10.75 crores.
Nicholas Pooran has amassed 606 runs in 33 games with an average of 22.44.