IPL 2018: One player from each team who holds the key for them
The eleventh edition of IPL will soon be entering its second phase. The past few weeks have witnessed the eight teams fight it out in cut-throat battles. While some units seem to be in winning groove, a few others have had a lacklustre tournament thus far and hope to revive their fates in the upcoming games.
With the game being played in the shortest format, the match-scenarios tend to change rapidly within a span of a few overs. Thus, individual performances play a crucial role in the outcome of the game.
While, historically, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers have proved that they can single-handedly win games with their wielding prowess, bowlers such as Lasith Malinga and Rashid Khan have testified the fact that a brilliant spell of four overs can come in as more than handy for the team's cause.
Here we look at such key players from each team, whose performances remain crucial for their franchise's journey, going ahead into IPL 2018.
Delhi Daredevils - Shreyas Iyer
Over the years, Shreyas Iyer has proved to be one of the few shining lights for Delhi Daredevils. After a stellar debut season for the franchise in 2015, Iyer soon transformed into a core member of Delhi's batting unit. In fact, he was one among the three players retained by the franchise this year.
This season too, Iyer entered the fray with the responsibility of guiding the middle order of DD, and provide able support to the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Colin Munro, and Glenn Maxwell. However, with the big guns failing to fire and the team's chips down, the man from Mumbai will once again have to come to his franchise's rescue by scoring big runs.
Iyer has been performing decently well this year and has scored 151 runs in the 6 games played thus far. Also, given the fact that he will be captaining Delhi Daredevils in the remainder of the tournament, fans would be expecting him to lead from the front and take his team to the next stage of the competition.
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