Nortje to Arshdeep: Top Performers from First Week of UAE Leg

The first week of the Indian T20 League second leg went through in a flash and we saw some impressive individual performances throughout the week. Whether it was Anrich Nortje going all guns blazing with the new ball against David Warner or it was a maiden five-wicket haul for Arshdeep Singh against Team Rajasthan, there were some breathtaking performances in the first week itself.

Here we’ve zeroed onto five stellar ones that deserve our attention. Here we go.


The South African pacer, Anrich Nortje didn’t need any time to get going as from the very first ball he was able to bowl at over 150 kmph. David Warner looked like a fish out of water against Nortje as he got the Aussie opener with just the third ball of the match. Nortje was superb upfront with the new ball and finished the match with two wickets while giving away only 12 runs in his quota of four overs.


In the first game back, Ruturaj Gaikwad played one of the best innings of his relatively new career. His match-winning knock of 88* helped Team Chennai start the second phase on a winning note. He was outstanding at the back end of the first innings and it was wonderful to see him literally sweeping star fast bowlers like Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah for boundaries.

MAHIPAL LOMROR (Team Rajasthan)

When Kevin Pietersen goes bananas over your batting in the commentary box you know that you’ve done something groundbreaking. That’s how good Mahipal Lomror was in his innings of 43 off just 17 deliveries. We saw some clean hitting of spin in his breezy innings and Rajasthan would be hoping to see more of this in the future.


The new spin bowling sensation Varun Chakravarthy was outstanding yet again in the match against Team Bangalore. He got three crucial blows in this game and was on a hat-trick in this same game. He is a mystery spinner who bowls at a rapid pace and it’s becoming difficult for batters to pick his variations. That, however, proving to be a bonus for Team Kolkata.


And finally, we have the young Sikh from Punjab, Arshdeep Singh. The left-arm pacer was on top of his game in the match against Team Rajasthan and finished with career-best figures of 5/32. Arshdeep has crept up the Purple Cap leaderboard and would be quietly eyeing that top wicket-taker award at the end of the season.