Indian Premier League has been a boiling caudron of exciting prospects from all over the world that joined forces for the cause of the respective franchises.
Now to make things a hit, the fray perfectly blends the aggressive slew of players with calm and composed ones, who restores the balance of the squad.
We are going to look at a set of eleven of the calmest players who have proved the fact that nothing is more dangerous in the shortest format of the game than calculated aggression.
Brendon Mc Cullum and Sachin Tendulkar
This is one of the most contrasting blends that can be envisaged in the context of IPL. Sachin, one of the finest batsmen of all time is also one of the most expressive stroke makers in any format of the game while Mc Cullum is an unstoppable express train.
Sachin can play the anchor with a boundary or two in every over while Baz can brew the storm and then unleash it.
3. Rohit Sharma
The Indian vice-captain is one of the coolest customers in the 22 yards. Least bothered about the run rate at any point in time, he continues to punish the bowlers at his own free will in stunning fashion.
4. Suresh Raina
A man with a monumental hitting flair, Suresh Raina is probably the best T-20 player to feature in the Chennai squad. Touted as one of the gentlest cricketers on the field, it is hard to see this belligerent southpaw complaining about anything. He comes in the middle and starts with his daily shift of crafting masterclass, one after the other.
5. AB De Villiers
The erstwhile South African skipper is one of the most dominant and insuperable monikers to feature in this list. However, when needed to stay calm, he does that with distinction, thereby biding time for the initial overhaul to be done and then steps on the gas that can make the scoreboard move faster than the light.
6. MS Dhoni (wk) (c)
Recently retired from international cricket, MSD was nicknamed Captain Cool by the world, thanks to some nerves of steel under immense pressure. Known for his blistering knocks with the bat and his gloves, Dhoni savours undisputed supremacy that will very well accord him the captaincy of this talented lot.
7. Albie Morkel
South African all-rounder, Albie Morkel is someone who never likes to express overt expressions even despite gilt-edged performances. A man who can bat for quite some time and is a regular medium pacer who mostly bowls out his quota of four overs, wringing out crucial wickets, is a definite pick for this calm lot.
8. Sunil Narine
The mystery spinner who has now established himself as a bowling all-rounder and has been absolutely instrumental in KKR’s bid for the ace in almost every season, is going to be the face of spin bowling for this reposed slew of players. Known for his magical deliveries and extremely frugal overs, Narine can be a difficult maze to unwind.
9. Jasprit Bumrah
The pace spearhead of this line up, Bumrah bowls priceless gems in the death overs that help his team to sail past difficult opponents. However, despite being an absolute scorcher with the ball in his hand, his celebrations are extremely modest even when he scalps the best. It seems that he is always famished for more.
10. Kuldeep Yadav
India’s first chinaman bowler, Kuldeep Yadav didn’t really live upto his billing in the IPL as Moeen Ali took him out for three gigantic sixes in an over and he had a massive breakdown. However, Yadav has came back stronger in the past that witnessed him delivering rock solid performances against Australia in the international circuit. Going by his standards, Yadav will be the man to watch out for in this year’s IPL taking the UAE pitches into consideration that stores a lot to offer to the bowlers.
11. Umesh Yadav
Despite being a significant appelation in India’s world triumph, he remained an unsung hero for most of his career. However, he is a big trouble-maker for the batsmen as he is capable of bowling those nasty ones coupled with brutal pace and swing. He will be the back up for Bumrah in case if the bowling needs stability.