Twenty games into the IPL, we are finished with one-third of IPL 2020. While there have been many top performers, there are also some unsung heroes. We will now look at five players who deserve more attention for their returns this season.
(179 runs in five innings, average 147.93)
The twenty-year-old Shaw is one of the five players who have gone under the radar. He has played a significant role in each of the Capital’s four wins. Shaw has looked to curb his instincts during the powerplay by playing along the ground with an aggressive batsman.
The lack of swing made things easier for Shaw, who did well against the likes of Deepak Chahar. His performance at the top is going well and is causing captains to approach his batting differently. Consistently getting the Capitals of to good starts he has been one of their unsung heroes.
(163 runs in five innings, average 163, strike rate 208, two wickets)
Part of the Mumbai Indian’s for many years, Kieron Pollard, is one of the first names on the team sheet. Of late, he has built himself as a magnificent finisher and has already made some impactful innings this season.
Despite the risky shots he plays, he has only been out once this season.
With Hardik Pandya not bowling, Kieron Pollard got the ball back and picked up two wickets while taking some unbelievable catches.
(180 runs in six games, average 36)
Suryakumar Yadav has been a great performer over the years. In the past, he has chipped in with many useful cameos.
Batting at three for Mumbai, Yadav gets a chance to bat longer.
While he had a few bad games this season, his 47 against the Knight Riders and 79 against the Royals were crucial innings. Those two innings showed his impact on the side and why he is a player to pay attention.
(nine wickets in six innings, average 19.88, economy 7.72)
James Pattinson, filling in for Nathan Coulter Nile in the Mumbai lineup, is not the first name that comes up while discussing Mumbai’s bowling attack.
Despite going under the radar, Pattinson has maintained an excellent economy rate, less than both Boult and Bumrah. He has also picked up some crucial wickets, giving Rohit Sharma the option of saving Bumrah for later.
His variations with the short-ball and yorker have been impressive so far.
(four wickets in four innings, average 16 and economy 4.57)
Possibly the biggest among unsung heroes of IPL 2020 so far, the Capitals left-arm spinner has the lowest economy rate this season.
With his height providing extra bounce and the marginal spin on offer, Axar Patel has been using his abilities well to keep the batsmen guessing.
He bowled some tight spells against the Super Kings and Sunrisers. His performance against the Royal Challengers was his best so far. He picked up two wickets and conceded 18 runs, getting the man-of-the-match award. His award was significant. He got the award over Stoinis, who made an explosive half-century, and Kagiso Rabada.