IPL 2018: One surprise performer from each side
The eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League has reached its business end and we have witnessed some spectacular performances thus far. T20 specialists like AB de Villiers, Suresh Raina, Shane Watson and Sunil Narine have certainly lived up to the expectations and delivered some stellar performances for their franchises.
Rookie players such as Prithvi Shaw and Mujeeb ur Rahman have stepped up to the plate as well and have impressed many with their heroics. However, there were many some surprises on offer for the viewers in the tournament.
Let’s have a look at the surprise performers from each side who have set the IPL alight.
Chennai Super Kings - MS Dhoni
Before the start of the 2018 IPL, former Indian captain MS Dhoni was facing criticism for his batting in the T20 format, in spite of the right-hander scoring two T20I fifties since the start of 2016, two more than what he scored from 2006 till 2015.
But the wicketkeeper-batsman has silenced his critics in the best possible manner as he is bulldozing every single bowler he is facing in the tournament. The balls that were supposed to be his nemesis have been dispatched into the stands.
With 360 runs in 10 innings at an average of 90, the highest by anyone in 2018 IPL, and a strike-rate of 166, the rejuvenated version MS Dhoni's old self is back with a bang.