5. Mayank Agarwal – PBKS

The 31-year-old was picked by the Punjab franchise in 2018, and ever since, Mayank Agarwal has been providing his services to Punjab Kings. He has consistently performed for the team and played under players like R Ashwin (captain- 2018, 19) and KL Rahul (captain – 2020, 21).

4. Sanju Samson – Rajasthan Royals

In the next edition, he was the joint top-run scorer for the side after scoring 339 runs in 13 matches. While playing for Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) in 2016, he scored his maiden T20 century, and the next edition saw him finishing as the top-run scorer from the franchise with 386 runs. He has been a top-run scorer for the side in several editions, and the previous edition brought the best out of him.

3. Faf du Plessis – RCB

In 16 matches, he scored 633 runs at an average of 45.21 and a strike rate of 138.20. Also, Du Plessis is an exceptional fielder on the ground, which will help to inspire others as well. RCB will be hoping high from the South African to use his rich experience of winning the title with CSK.

2. Rishabh Pant – Delhi Capitals

He was trusted with the captaincy in 2021 after Shreyas Iyer was injured and ruled out. However, Pant grabbed the opportunity and led the side to the playoffs. DC finished 3rd in the points table, and Pant earned a lot of recognition for his captaincy skills. DC management has trusted on wicketkeeper batter for the 15th edition and will be hoping Pant will make it count.

1. Shreyas Iyer – Kolkata Knight Riders

Iyer was recently awarded Player of the Match and Series after guiding India to sweep 3-0 against Sri Lanka in T20Is. Speaking of his leadership skills, Iyer led the Delhi Capitals to the finals of the 2020 season and stamped his authority as skipper. He was one of the most-watched out players during two-day IPL auctions and was picked for a whopping Rs. 16 crore by KKR.