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5 underrated stars of IPL

Over the years, IPL has gained immense popularity because of the several world-class cricketers participating in this annual event.

Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra of Delhi Daredevils celebrates the wicket of Ishan Kishan. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

At the moment, the cricketing fraternity has come to an indefinite halt owing to the coronavirus outbreak. Not only it has cancelled the ongoing cricketing events, but it is clouding uncertainty over the upcoming high-profile cricket tournaments. One of them being the Indian Premier League which has always charmed the audience with its fast-paced and thrilling action.

Over the years, the tournament has gained immense popularity because of the several world-class cricketers participating in this annual event. Some of them have also become household names in the country. On the contrary, there are individuals who have been regular stars of the IPL but they have never been appreciated enough for their contributions to the league. Some of them are still are the key members of their respective franchises.

Here is the list of 5 under-rated stars of IPL:

1. Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Shikhar Dhawan. (Photo by IANS)

Life is extremely tough for a professional cricketer in a country like India as the sport is followed by millions of people. Such is the misery that even a cricketer with a good track record is subjected to severe criticism. One such fine example is Shikhar Dhawan who has often faced the backlash for his odd failures. Even with his good numbers, the southpaw has hardly been projected as a genuine match-winner.

Especially in IPL where he has scored close to 4600 runs in his 159 outings. Still, the Delhi batsman has never been given his due credit like his counterparts. Having said that, time and again he has made his presence felt with his consistent performances for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Besides his partnership with David Warner has helped the franchise achieve some remarkable feats including the 2016 title win.

In his initial years, Dhawan didn’t get enough opportunities as part of the Mumbai and Delhi camps. Thereafter when he got into the Hyderabad set-up he immediately showed his hunger for success. Since then, there is not a single season where he has scored less than 300 runs for his team but he has usually been criticized by the cricketing fraternity. Sometimes it is for his low strike rate then sometimes it is for his ability to convert his starts which is quite unfair to him. To be honest, Shikhar is one of the IPL greats whose achievements have been undermined.

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