IPL 2018: 5 players who can win the Most Valuable Player award
The 11th edition of the most competitive cricket league in the world is set to take the centre stage from April 7 once again. With a new broadcaster, mega auction and the comeback of two former champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals a lot has changed this season.
This season is seen as almost a new start after completing 10 successful years of the IPL. The IPL has a huge fan following across the globe and its viewed in almost all cricket playing nations. Due to the popularity and the level of competition in IPL, almost every cricket player in the world wants to play in the IPL and show his mettle by performing well in it. Apart from the team glory, the players are also awarded various individual awards such as the Orange Cap, Purple Cap, Emerging Player of the Year award, but the most decorated award of them all is the Most Valuable Player(MVP) award, which was earlier called Man of the Tournament award.
Every player playing in the IPL wants to win the MVP Award, but there is only one player in a season who gets awarded with the title of MVP. Here we take a look at the Top 5 players who can win the MVP award in 2018.
#1 Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes was bought by Rising Pune Supergiants in the 2017 season of IPL for a whopping price of Rs. 14.5 crore. There were huge expectations and hype around his IPL debut because of the big price tag, but he justified the price tag by contributing with both bat and ball for his team. Ben Stokes was awarded the MVP Award in his debut season of the IPL.
Stokes was picked up in the 2018 auctions by the former champions Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 12.5 Crore, making him the costliest player in the auctions for two years running. He is one of the best all-rounders in the world, but what sets him apart is his ability to bowl in death overs and finishing off games while batting. In the 2017 season, Stokes picked up 12 Wickets and scored 316 runs in the 12 matches that he played. The Englishman was instrumental in taking RPS to the finals, single-handedly winning some matches for them.
Stokes is a match winner and he looks set to win the MVP Award for the second time in a row.