Delhi Capitals - Marcus Stoinis (SR: 148.52)
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis proved to be a match-winner for the Delhi Capitals, who made their first appearance in the IPL finals in 2020. Stoinis played as a floater in the DC middle-order as he went in depending on the situation. He was also asked to open the innings in the qualifiers and the finals. Stoinis was mainly tasked with finishing the innings, which he performed to perfection, especially while setting a target. Though his game needs a lot of improvement while chasing, with the skill he possesses, it is just a matter of time before he overcomes that weakness too.
Stoinis 352 runs at an average of 25.14 and strike rate of 148.52. With more clarity in the role this season, Stoinis is expected to improve upon his game from the last season and play a few more game-changing knocks for DC.
Punjab Kings - Nicholas Pooran (SR: 169.71)
Nicholas Pooran is one of the most devastating middle-order batsmen in world cricket at present, with the ability to smoke almost anything out of the park. Pooran played a number of game-changing knocks last season, being particularly brutal on spinners. But despite playing a number of scintillating knocks, Pooran more often than not could not stay till the end to take his side over the line; something he would be keen to improve upon this season.
Pooran aggregated 353 runs at an average of 35.3 and a strike rate of 169.71 last season. Likely to don the number 4 slot for his side, Pooran will be tasked with taking on spinners in the middle overs as well as giving some impetus to the innings towards the end.