The T20 cricket league, since its inception has always given youngsters an opportunity, and superstars of the game making way to improvise and lead during crunch moments. Be it a young Ravindra Jadeja or Ricky Ponting giving up his captaincy to make way for the bold Rohit Sharma in 2013, eventually leading them to the title. But what about the men who slipped under the radar, often contributing with timely knocks and breakthroughs during a match. Here a list of players who are quietly going about their business, helping the team in every way possible :-
The West Indian, opening for the Mumbai Indians has been consistently firing quickfire knocks, often setting up a good finish for Kieron Pollard and Co. His knocks of 51 and 59 versus Sunrisers and RCB resulted in handsome victories for the 2013 champions.
2. Deepak Hooda
This 20 year old has already been labeled as one for the future, and is an important player in the Rajasthan Royals setup. With team-mate Karun Nair coming under heavy fire for nonchalant performances, Hooda has excelled with the bat and ball. Thank you, Rahul Dravid !
3. David Wiese
Part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Wiese going unnoticed was bound to happen with the likes of Kohli, Gayle and De Villiers. An all rounder, he has often contributed both with the bat and ball. His 47* and 4/33 versus Mumbai Indians was not enough to save them from defeat. But if Bangalore want to go through to the play-offs, Wiese will be their go-to man.
4. Ravi Bopara
The experienced pro keeps the Sunrisers middle order together and is useful with his medium pace bowling. Having already taken 5 wickets in the tournament, Bopara suits the all-rounders tag in a well oiled Sunrisers XI.
5. Suryakumar Yadav
The former Mumbai Ranji Trophy captain often plays a quick-fire cameo for the Knight Riders, propelling them to challenging totals. He hit an unbeaten 46* versus the Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match of T20 cricket league, leading them to victory. Yadav certainly seems to be back on track, after a couple of poor seasons.