These players have done well for their respective teams.
There is a reason why the Indian Premier League (IPL) is called the “King of all tournaments”. Simply, because even in its 13th year, it is entertaining the cricketing fraternity with its share of twists and turns. And the ongoing season is another example of its growing stature in world cricket. At the halfway mark, the IPL 2020 has already shown its different shades and has given the required dose of entertainment that the fans have been craving for in these hard times.
As usual, the tournament has seen several cricketers put up awe-inspiring performances. While some of them have been by recognized names like AB De Villiers, Shikhar Dhawan, and Jasprit Bumrah, there have also been some unknown names that have been hogging the limelight. Before the start of the tournament, these players were not even sure of a place in the playing XI.
But now, they have emerged as the potential match-winners of their respective sides. Besides, they have also surprised the cricketing circle with their meteoric rise.
Here is the list of 5 cricketers who have been surprise packages of IPL 2020 :
1) Devdutt Padikkal
After years of wait and agony, the Royal Challengers Bangalore fans can afford a smile in IPL 2020. Not because their team is in the top half of the points table, but it is because of the team’s promising outlook in this season. Especially the franchise has finally got a quality support cast for the heroes of their side, Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers. And notably, one of them is a 20-year-old kid.
He doesn’t need any introduction, as Devdutt Padikkal has been a find of this year’s IPL. The skillset and temperament showcased by the youngster is nothing short of a spectacle. He has stood toe to toe with some stalwarts of the side. And if things go right, he might well be the next skipper of the team.
As far as his performances are concerned, Padikkal has been the rock of Bangalore’s top-order. He has consistently provided the team with good starts. In fact, in 6 out of his 9 outings, he has successfully crossed the 30-run mark. It also means that he has tackled the new ball and scored briskly in powerplay overs, which has been a concern for the team from the last two seasons.
Moreover, his presence has allowed the duo of Kohli and De Villiers to bat at their normal position. And the team can breathe easy as they will not be losing their key players in the first six overs. In all, Padikkal has put an end to the batting woes of Bangalore. And he has been a package which has taken many by surprise in IPL 2020.