IPL 2017 has been more about lesser-known players who have left their mark in the cash-rich T20 event. They have had little expectations on their shoulders, but they have risen to the challenge and played match-winning spell or knocks to earn crucial points for their teams. Cricwizz takes a look at players who have left their mark in IPL 2017.
Rashid Khan: The young Afghan bowler was picked up for Rs 4 crore by Sunrisers Hyderabad. And Rashid has not disappointed. He has made every one sit up and take notice of his talent. In just two matches, he bagged the purple cup, taking five wickets including the prize wickets of Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch. His wrong one is difficult to pick up and that has bamboozled the batsmen in IPL 2017. Rashid has to live up to the expectations he has himself created in IPL 2017.
Chris Lynn: The Australian player was more known for taking a brilliant diving catch in the deep off AB de Villiers of RCB to win a match for Kolkata in 2014 IPL. And thanks to his performance in 2016/17 Big Bash League, he was given the responsibility of opening the innings for KKR in the match against Lions. And Lynn did not disappoint as he tore apart Lions bowling with a knock of 93 not out off 41 balls with 6 fours and 8 sixes. Lynn responded with a cameo of 32 in the second match against Mumbai. Lynn has definitely caught the eye.
Rishabh Pant: Just days after cremating his father, young Rishabh Pant took the field against RCB at Bengaluru. And Pant almost took Delhi Daredevils home, but just fell short. However, his 57-run knock was class written all over it. He looked to be in the zone, pulling, cutting, hoisting with ease. It was one of the best knocks in chases in IPL. Pant won hearts with his superb batting display after overcoming a personal tragedy.
Nitish Rana: In a chase that was going downhill against Kolkata, Nitish Rana of Mumbai Indians did not lost hope and played a brilliant counter-attacking innings to bring his team back into the game. He made a brilliant 50 off just 29 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes to pave the way for MI’s win. Hardik Pandya did the finishing job for MI as KKR succumbed under pressure.
Tymal Mills: The England bowler grabbed headlines when he was bought by RCB for a record price. But will he be able to last the distance and prove his utility to the team, it has question written all over it. But Mills has proved he is a tidy bowler with some clever variations in his sleeves that are best suited for the shortest format of the game. It’s still early days for Mills in the tournament but he has definitely shone with the ball in the few matches he has played for RCB.