5 Cricketers who deserve a better IPL team

They could perform better if they are allowed to express themselves freely in the position they want.

Andre Russell, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, IPL 2019
Andre Russell. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

We keep hearing from players that the IPL helps them improve and get better. Players from all around the world want to play in the IPL and compete with the best and also, play for the best teams. However, there are times when things don’t go according to their wish. Cricketers have often found themselves out of position in the IPL.

With stars from all across the globe playing the league, it is difficult to accommodate everyone in the XI and also, give them their preferred choice of role. Hence, they have had to adjust and adapt to different positions. But they could perform better if they are allowed to express themselves freely in the position they want.

Thus, here are five cricketers who deserve a better IPL team:-

Mayank Agarwal

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It was back in 2011 that Mayank Agarwal caught everyone’s attention with his flamboyant stroke-play in the IPL. The Karnataka batsman was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the first three years of his IPL career. He was opening alongside Chris Gayle in most matches. In 2014, Agarwal was bought by Delhi where he played 21 games across three seasons.

And in 2017, he turned out to play for Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). However, he wasn’t consistent for any of the teams. But he had started to get supremely consistent in domestic cricket and thus, in 2018, Kings XI Punjab bought him for a sum of INR 1 crore. Over the last two seasons, Agarwal has played 24 games. He had a poor 2018 season but did well earlier this year where he got 332 runs at a strike-rate of 141.88.

But the Karnataka star hasn’t got to bat at his preferred position. With the presence of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul, Agarwal has been batting at No. 3 and 4. He has done well but to get the best out of him, he needs to play at his preferred position. Thus, he deserves a better team where he can open the innings and dictate terms.


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