IPL 2018: 5 players who might surprisingly find a place in their respective sides
These players will need to perform if they are to cement a spot in their respective franchises.
Every year thousands of players register themselves for the IPL auction. Half of the thousand go under the hammer and only a few of them are bought by teams. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a shortcut to success for most players as it provides them with ample opportunities to make a name for themselves.
This year, a lot of players will come with the hope of being selected in the playing XI. On this note, let us take a look at five dark horses who may surprisingly make it to the playing XI for their respective franchises.
#5 Manoj Tiwary (Kings XI Punjab)
The Kings XI Punjab procured Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary following wonderful performances in the Zonal T20 League. Tiwary played an instrumental role in Kolkata Knight Riders' victory in 2012 and 2014. The Bengal captain has scored 1648 runs in the IPL at an average of nearly 30. He represented the Rising Pune Supergiant in the previous edition.
With the firepower that the Kings XI Punjab possess, it is tough for Tiwary to get a chance in the playing XI but the 32-year-old has recently added a few weapons to his arsenal. He has started to roll his arm over in the middle overs of innings. He was successful with the ball in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year.
This added feature will help Tiwary grab a spot in the playing XI. With a lot of firepower in the middle order, Tiwary will have to prove himself with both bat and ball.