The Indian T20 League saw yet another eventful week coming to an end on October 4, as it remained entrenched in close encounters, one-man shows and most important of all – some scintillating T20 cricket for the fans worldwide.
Here we have brought together the best eleven performers from the week to form a team.
ROHIT SHARMA (Mumbai)
Rohit Sharma hasn’t been the consistent run machine in the Indian T20 league that international cricket is so used to see, but the MI skipper has exhibited class occasionally. While it was his 54-ball 80 that had drowned KKR previously, this week saw another Rohit Sharma masterclass as he scored a quickfire 70 runs with Team Mumbai batting first. Laced with eight boundaries and three sixes, his knock buoyed Mumbai to post a solid target of 191 that KXIP could not chase down.
ISHAN KISHAN (Mumbai)
Yet another Team Mumbai player who impressed with his mammoth hits, Ishan Kishan was among the most exciting MI players this week. Though it came in MI’s high-scoring losing match against RCB, Kishan’s crucial 99-balls 58 had propelled a seemingly lost cause to a super-over for his team. Hitting two boundaries and a phenomenal nine sixes in his innings, Ishan Kishan had won all the hearts. His short 28-run innings against Team Punjab in the second match of the week, however, helped MI put up a target of 192 runs and this time his team won.
SHREYAS IYER (Delhi)
Having batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant in the mix, DC captain Shreyas Iyer has always had little chance of showcasing his incredible talent. One such rare opportunity came in Team Delhi’s clash against KKR. Batting first on a dead flat pitch, Delhi needed to put up a huge target and Iyer’s 38-balls 88 helped his side post 228 runs. Eventually, KKR missed the chase by just 18 runs which further emphasized the importance of his knock.
EOIN MORGAN (Kolkata)
If there is a mass demand from KKR fans to replace Dinesh Karthik with Eoin Morgan as their captain, it is because of his short cameos that took place this week. The southpaw has returned to the Indian T20 League after an absence of two years and he has returned with some form. After his late 23-balls 34 helped KKR put a winnable target against RR, the English captain had almost written history with his 18-balls 44 while seeing his side chase 229 against Delhi.
NICHOLAS POORAN (WK) (Punjab)
Though his wicket-keeping skills played a major role in his team of the week selection, one cannot discount his handiness in the middle order that has helped Team Punjab so far this season. Though both of Nichola Pooran’s innings – 27-balls 44 against Mumbai and 17-balls 33 against CSK – came in a losing cause, KXIP fans would surely rate Pooran’s contributions immediately after skipper KL Rahul.
KIERON POLLARD (Mumbai)
Team Mumbai’s decision to move away from Kieron Pollard’s bowling contributions, couldn’t have been any wiser. The towering West Indian has focussed solely on his batting now and his prolific knocks have been keeping MI in the matches against all odds. While Pollard’s 24-balls 60 was as important as Ishan Kishan’s knock in MI’s match against RCB, his 13-balls 25 against KXIP – that had three sixes – won the match for MI in the first innings itself.
RASHID KHAN (Hyderabad)
One of the most consistent performers in Team Hyderabad, Rashid Khan hasn’t been down a notch despite the team’s struggles. While it was the Afghanistan international’s 14/3 bowling display that toppled DC in the first match of the week, Rashid Khan checked CSK’s chase to a large extent by conceding just 12 runs in four overs in SRH’s second match of the week – albeit to no effect.
WASHINGTON SUNDAR (Bangalore)
Team Bangalore has had a rare and good week in the Indian T20 League with Virat Kohli’s team winning both their matches. While the star batsman took all the credits, the bowlers deserved a bigger plaudit. Young Washington Sundar finally seems to have come of age in an RCB shirt. Though Mumbai levelled RCB’s total of 201 batting second, Sundar had conceded just 12 runs and took one wicket in his four overs. While RR’s batting wasn’t as formidable in RCB’s second match, Sundar was yet again their best bowler conceding just 20 runs in his four overs.
YUZVENDRA CHAHAL (Bangalore)
While a lot was expected from Yuzvendra Chahal in RCB’s match against MI in their first match of the week, the Indian wrist spinner managed to meet those expectations during RCB’s second match. Chahal took three wickets by conceding just 24 runs in his four overs. The wickets were of Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa and a dangerous-looking Mahipal Lomror.
KAGISO RABADA (Delhi)
One of the prime contenders for the Indian T20 League’s Purple Cap this season, Team Delhi’s Kagiso Rabada has been in phenomenal form so far. Though the South African pacer started the week with a loss for DC, his 21/2 was his team’s best bowling display. His sharp bowling against KKR in the initial overs was the sole reason why the run chase went deep into the last few overs. Rabada has now taken 8 wickets.
TRENT BOULT (Mumbai)
Mumbai’s search for a perfect pace bowling partner for Jasprit Bumrah has finally come to an end in Trent Boult. While the Kiwi speedster was instrumental against RCB, where he dismissed both Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch, he did just enough to hold Team Punjab in Mumbai’s second match of the week. Trent Boult has also claimed eight wickets so far in the Indian T20 League, to throw his hat into the ring for the purple cap.
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