The brand-new edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is around the corner. With the auction of 11th IPL got over all eight teams are now setting their strategy to win the cash-rich trophy to commence the new decade with a style. IPL, as a franchise based T20 League, has already received the accolade for bringing a big change to Indian cricket. With Indian youngsters a get a chance to play with big foreign stars they get a good platform to prove themselves before getting a national team call. The league of T20 is full of six and four. The team with talented hard-hitting batsmen always enjoys an edge over other teams.
So here are the hard-hitting batsmen to watch out for in IPL 2018
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Bangalore based franchise got a hard-hitting opening batsman in the form of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum. It is a well-known fact that Brendon McCullum is a dangerous batsman. He has the ability to explode in any condition. He can hammer the bowlers from the word go. He could be an asset for captain Virat Kohli. However, the Challengers should keep in mind that McCullum, who is reckoned as Brash, can also fail to deliver throughout the tournament. The right-hander has the knack of smashing bowlers from the very first delivery which may boomerang as he often throws his wicket because of this tendency.
Kolkata Knight Riders
This Australian batsman has earlier proved himself in front of Indian fans. His has the ability to blow away bowlers with his range of stroke making. He is definitely a plus point to the Kolkata side. In 2017 IPL, Lynn and Sunil Narine’s explosive partnership surprised Kolkata fans. This time as well they can come up with such batting brilliance. However, KKR team management must be aware of Lynn’s injury the Aussie can often put his team at risk because he is injury prone.
The former Kolkata Knight Riders man will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Yusuf Pathan is a big name in the world of T20 cricket. Like McCullum and Lynn, he could also change the entire course of the match by playing gutsy innings. He may fail throughout the tournament, but he often stands up on pressure situation to pull his team out of the hole. So, other franchises should be careful about Pathan.
A left-handed batsman of Chris Gayle mould. The West Indies batsman is a hard-hitting opening batsman. Like his predecessor, Lewis could also blow away bowlers as per wish. In the Bangladesh Premier League Lewis has proved his worth. So, in the IPL 2018, he could be a big asset for the Mumbai Indians.
Glenn Maxwell and Jason Roy
This time Delhi Daredevils got a balanced squad and it will not be an exaggeration to say that they are a big contender for the IPL title. The Delhi based franchise got two hard-hitting batsmen in Glenn Maxwell and Jason Roy. They are known for their array of strokes. While Maxwell is known for his improvised shots Roy is rather an orthodox batsman. Maxwell’s ability to play across the park will give Delhi a big advantage as the right-hander will not late the chance of proving himself at sub-continent to go. Meanwhile, Roy is in good form so he could be Delhi’s big asset and they can destroy the confidence of bowlers in this IPL.
King XI Punjab
David Millers, Chris Gayle and Aaron Finch
Since IPL 2017 Kings XI Punjab was an inconsistent side in IPL. Their only achievement in IPL is finishing as runners-up. So, this time with a strong batting line up they may keep other teams at toe. They got a solid opening pair in Chris Gayle and Aaron Finch, a left-hand and right-hand combination. Both Gayle and Finch are known as smashers. So, along with them David Miller’s presence in the middle order will give Punjab a solid chance to book a berth in the playoffs.
The opening batsman has become a famous cricketer for leading underdog Hobart Hurricanes to BBL 2017-2018 final. Short has scored a record 572 runs in 11 matches at an average of 57.20. This season he will play for the Rajasthan Royals. He is known for his left-handed jab and cover drive. This season he could make this IPL a memorable one. So, all franchises must keep an eye on him.
Chennai Super Kings
Suresh Raina and Shane Watson
The Kings are back to foray. They have retained their one of the best hitter Suresh Raina while signed a deal with Australia all-rounder Shane Watson. While Raina’s towering six will boost the confidence of CSK Watson could be their trump card this season. Raina’s ability to play long innings for CSK and Watson’s skills to park the fast bowlers on the stands will be CSK’s added strength in IPL 2018.