The Indian Premier League (IPL) has always been something more than just the game of Cricket. Millions of people watch the game being played and each one has emotional attachments to the team or any individual player.
Here are Top 5 players who are extremely loved and supported during the IPL.
1. AB de Villiers
ABD is one of the most lethal and dangerous batsmen of all time. And the day when he is in the mood and form of shaping a big knock, one really needs to worry about the opposition’s bowling.
Starting his IPL with Delhi Daredevils, he was definitely an entertainer but the moment he stepped into the Royal Challengers Bangalore, he became something else. Every time he comes out to bat, the entire Chinnaswamy Stadium roars to chants of ABD..ABD! It is not only the Bangalore crowd, but each and every city enjoys to watch ABD play. He is the ultimate entertainer in the game of Cricket.
His fielding is brilliant and thus gets him the tag of ‘Superman’ and his ability of hitting the ball all round the park makes him Mr.360.
2. Lasith Malinga
If we talk about staying with the same franchise for all the seasons, we name Kohli, Dhoni but we cannot forget one name which is Lasith Malinga. He has been with the Mumbai Indians since 2009 and this bowler has never let the franchise down. Malinga is definitely ‘the go to bowler’ when the team needs wickets. With 170 wickets in 122 matches he is the league’s highest wicket taker.
You would think why is he in the most loved cricketers’ list, if you wonder about this then probably you haven’t seen him bowl at the Wankhede Stadium. The entire crowd of 30,000 people keep chanting MA-LIN-GA.. MA-LIN-GA and you manage to get Goosebumps, a lot of them.
The crowd loves him a lot, his different action, deadly yorkers and the slower deliveries are extremely exciting to watch. He is that kind of bowler who can be hated only because he belongs to the rival’s team.
3. Chris Gayle
God has created Chris Gayle with the intention to keep the entire crowd active in the match, they need to be alert because
“ when Chris Gayle bats, fielders become spectators and spectators become fielders”
Every cricket fan loves to sit and enjoy his innings when he starts hitting. His flawless batting and mind blowing shots make any bowler look like a clown. His enthusiasm, his smile and his attitude through out the game makes him the crowd favourite. His dance moves while celebrating are also a treat to watch. Except the opponents, every cricket fan wishes for a ‘Gayle Storm’ in the Stadium.
Age is never a factor for the Universal Boss, even at the age of 40, his strike rate is above 150.
His innings of 175 (66) remains as the highest score by an individual in IPL.
4. DJ Bravo
There are some cricketers who are talented in various fields and then there is Dwayne Bravo who can sing, dance and even act. With the ‘Champion Song’ DJ Bravo became a global superstar and he has also recorded some video songs in Chennai. He has become a crowd favourite since then and is loved and supported wherever he plays.
Bravo brings in that typical Caribbean essence while playing. He has finished many matches with his exclusive batting and is also extremely dependable in the death overs. He has scored 1483 runs and has taken 147 wickets in 134 IPL matches. He is also a brilliant fielder who can save runs while fielding on the boundary.
5. Andre Russell
There is something about the West Indian players which make them worth anything. This player is the storm which will destroy the opponent silently and leave his mark which is not replaceable. You might not notice Russell to be in the limelight as much as others but he definitely is the Most Valuable Player KKR can ever have.
Andre Russell is a player of his kind. He does not show his skills every time but when he does, no total is impossible to chase. The Eden Gardens love him a lot as he has turned around so many matches for them. As said above, the West Indian tag brings something else with him. He creates an aura around himself and even the best of bowlers fail to take his wicket. Russell is explosive as a batsman, you can expect 140k+ deliveries from him which makes him a lethal bowler and his fielding is also magnificent.
To name a few more, Kieron Pollard, Imran Tahir, Shakib Al Hassan, David Warner are also extremely loved, appreciated and supported in the IPL.