Top 10 All rounders in IPL 2014

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The all rounder is surely one of the most valuable members of any cricket simply due to the fact that he can make a match winning contribution with either the bat or the ball, however in T20 cricket his importance is even more magnified. After the conclusion of the auctions for the 7th version of the tournament, plenty of all rounders has been bought by the different franchises and in this article you are being presented with the top 10 all rounders you should look forward to.

10. Mitchell Johnson (Kings XI Punjab)

Up next is the fast bowler who has literally bullied oppositions into hapless defeats with his pace and bounces over the last few months; however something that people often don’t notice is his talent with the bat. At this point in time Mitchell Johnson is the hottest property in international cricket and the IPL audiences are surely waiting with bated breath to see the Aussie in action in the 2014 edition of the tournament. You can expect him to blow plenty of batting line ups away while his powerful hitting in the lower middle order would also be a huge plus for the Kings XI. 10

9. James Faulkner (RR)

At number 9 is another cricketer from Australia, who, it can be said, has become an all rounder over the past year or so. His talents as a bowler was never in doubt but over the past few months he has shown that he can be one of the most dangerous late order hitters, who can take the game away from any team and hence it can be said that James Faulkner is one of the biggest assets that the RR have in their squad. If you have any doubts about his credentials as a batsman then check out YouTube video in which he smashes Ishant Sharma for 5 sixes in one over. 9

8. Jp Duminy(DD)

An excellent fielder, JP Duminy possesses the ability to bat according to the situation. The experienced campaigner can be just as fluent with big hits as he is with defensive strokes and is also a handy off-spinner. A calm personality, Duminy propelled South Africa to their first ever Test series win in Australia in 2008-09. But after a sensational first season in international cricket, he struggled with his batting – especially against spinners. However, after consistently scoring runs in domestic cricket, Duminy has forced his way back into the South African team. He previously represented the Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers and has been part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad. JP Duminy Rs 2.2 crores ($366,000) to DD 11 match in 340 run highest –scores 67*in 16 6s and 20 4s in ipl-7 best performance in ipl 2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore 67* run in 48 balls in 3 6s and 4 4s? 8

7. Ravinder Jadeja(CSK)

A left-arm spinner and lower order batsman, Ravindra Jadeja has been an enigma right since his advent in international cricket. He was part of the victorious Indian U-19 cricket team that won the World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. His performance in IPL 2008 helped Rajasthan Royals to title victory and earned him the nickname “Rockstar” by his captain Shane Warne. In 2012 IPL player auction, Jadeja was bought by Chennai Super Kings for $2 million (approx. Rs. 9.8 Crore), making him the most expensive player of the year’s auction. With Dhoni showing immense faith in his abilities, Jadeja has become a regular fixture in Team India across all formats. As for CSK, they retained him ahead of IPL 2014. Ravinder Jadeja Retained Rs 7.5 crores($1.020million) to CSK 11 Match in 110 run and 14wickets best performance in ipl 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders 4 over in 12 run in 4 wickets and 17*run? 7

6. Suresh Raina(CSK)

Suresh Raina is a part of India’s new age firebrand cricketers. Young, fearless and oozing with talent, Raina has successfully carved out a niche for himself. A solid striker of the ball, Raina possesses the rare quality of performing well under pressure. Batting in the middle order for both India and CSK, Raina is quickly mastering the art of finishing games, along with MS Dhoni. The left-handed batsman is also a part-time off break bowler who often provides that crucial breakthrough at the right time. To add to his talent with the bat and the ball, Raina is a livewire on the field with good reflexes. He also made his Test debut in July 2010 against Sri Lanka, scoring century in his very first innings. Raina is the only batsman to have scored over 400 runs in each IPL season and with 2802 runs, is the highest run-getter in IPL. In Raina, CSK have a real match-winner in their ranks. Suresh raina Retained RS 9.5 crores ($1.052million) to CSK 11 match in 295 run Highest-scores 56 in 6 6s and 30 4s in ipl-7 best performance in ipl 2014 Delhi Daredevils 56 run 41 balls in 1 6s and 5 4s? 6

5. Shane Watson(RR)

Watson’s relationship with the Rajasthan Royals dates back to IPL 2008 which also helped him make an improbable comeback to international cricket. After being sidelined due to injuries, Watson decided to join the Royals and emerged the Player of the Tournament in the first edition of the tournament. Also known as ‘Watto’, he is an attacking batsman with a solid defense. An athletic fielder and a medium-pacer he can swing the ball and pick up useful wickets. The all-rounder has always played a crucial role in the Rajasthan Royals’ fortunes and in the absence of Rahul Dravid on the field he will play an even greater role in 2014 as the captain of the team. Shane Watson Retained Rs 12.5 crores ($2.083 million) to Rajasthan Royal 11 match in 227 run and 7 wickets best performance in ipl 2014 Sunrisers Hyderabad 2 over in 13 run in 3 wickets? 5

4. Robin Uthappa(KKR)

This Karnataka batsman is a talented stroke-maker who has all the shots in the book. He is a utility cricketer who has batted in various positions. He is also an outstanding fielder, a reliable wicketkeeper and can even bowl slow medium pace. Uthappa was signed by the Mumbai Indians, before being traded to the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was signed by the Pune Warriors India at the IPL Player Auction 2011. That year, he played all 16 games for PWI, and in a franchise laced with superstars, he was the highest run-getter for the team. At the 2014 Player Auction, Uthappa was bought by KKR to strengthen their Indian batsmen contingent. Robin Uthappa Rs 5 crores ($833,000) to KKR 11 Match in 422 run Highest-Scores 80 in 12 6s and 45 4s in ipl-7 best performance in ipl 2014 Mumbai Indians 80 runs 52 balls in 3 6s and 9 4s? 4

3. Dwayne Smith(CSK)

A handy T20 cricketer, Dwayne Smith was likened to the great West Indies batting legend Sir Viv Richards when he arrived on the cricketing scene. Smith now also doubles up as a decent medium-pacer with more than 120 wickets to his name in first-class cricket and more than 75 scalps in T20s. Smith has represented West Indies in all three formats of the game, but it is in T20 cricket that he has established a fairly solid reputation of being a hard-hitting batsman who also provides a quality bowling option to his skipper. Smith’s high point in T20 cricket came in the 2009 Twenty20 Cup final in England where his innings of 59 off just 26 deliveries helped Sussex win the championship and book a place for CLT20 2009. He was also a part of the 2012 ICC World T20 winning West Indies squad. In IPL, he plied his trade for the Mumbai Indians till 2013 before being snapped up by CSK in the 2014 IPL Player Auction. Dwayne Smith Rs 4.5 crores ($750,000) to CSK 11 Match in 449 run highest-scores 79 in 29 6s and 37 4s in ipl- 7 Best performance in IPL 2014 Delhi Daredevils 79 runs 51 balls and 8 6s and 4 4s ? He give all his IPL credit to Robin Singh. 3

2. Yuvraj Singh (RCB)

Now Yuvraj Singh might be an all rounder whom you might have watched hundreds of times since the time he made his debut in the year 2000, however the reason he is at number one is because you would like to check if the all rounder can end up justifying the huge price tag that was attached to him in the auction. If a player goes for $2.3 million after a spot of busy bidding then you would expect him to perform brilliantly throughout the tournament but that has not been the case always. For instance, Yusuf Pathan was a monumental flop for the KKR after the Kolkata outfit had blows $2.1 million on him. So can Yuvraj revere that disturbing trend? 2

1. Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI)

At number 5 is the big hitting Australian all rounder Glenn Maxwell who was snapped up by the Kings XI Punjab for near about $1 million in this year’s auction. Although he did go for the same amount last year, he did not get as many games for the MI and hence it is only natural that people are going to look forward to the cricketing prowess of a player who has been rated so highly by the experts at two different teams. In addition to that he has gained in experience by playing regularly for Australia in limited overs cricket and you can look forward to some fireworks from this promising all rounder. 1


These are the 10 all rounders who are expected to come good in the 2014 version of the IPL due to their talents and skills. Hopefully you would be thoroughly entertained by each and every one of them. conc 670x293


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