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Rishabh Pant To Curran: Players To Look Out For In Phase 2

The Indian T20 League phase 2 is here and teams have already started preparing for the tournament in full throttle. There have been some unexpected moves before the start itself, like Rishabh Pant retaining the captaincy of Team Delhi despite the return of the first-choice captain Shreyas Iyer. However, the news that beat everything was, Virat Kohli announcing his intention to step down as Indian T20I captain post the World Cup in October.

Leaving the news aside, in our buildup to the premier T20 competition in the world, we are looking at five players from different teams to look out for in the second phase of the competition.

 

RISHABH PANT (TEAM DELHI)

As mentioned earlier, Pant has been handed the captaincy of Team Delhi despite the return of Iyer. Pant did a decent job in the first half of the competition as Delhi finished as the table toppers. There were a few sceptics regarding his selection of bowlers at the fag end of an innings but he seems to be improving that side of his captaincy. He has had a difficult tour of England coming into the competition but he’ll have the freedom to display his calibre in the format that suits his gameplay the most.

 

CHRIS MORRIS (TEAM RAJASTHAN)

The most expensive player in the Indian T20 League, Chris Morris would be looked at closely by his franchise to help them improve their fortunes in the second half of the competition. Team Rajasthan would be without their star English contingent in this second half and it provides more reason for players like Morris to deliver and win them a few games. Morris was third on the highest wicket taker’s list with 14 scalps to his name and the pitches in the UAE may suit his bowling style.

 

YUZVENDRA CHAHAL (TEAM BANGALORE)

Having been left out of the Indian T20 side for the World Cup, Yuzvendra Chahal has a point to prove in this Indian T20 League. For a long time, he was considered as the best spinner in the country but suddenly he finds himself out of the T20 team and his future seems uncertain. Chahal would be looking to bounce back from his setback and show his class in this second phase of the competition.

 

KL RAHUL (TEAM PUNJAB)

KL Rahul had a horrendous T20 series against England and found himself out of the playing XI. With him winning back his spot in the Test team, the Karnataka opener would be hoping to repeat the feat in the T20I team as well. He’ll be leading a Punjab team that needs inspiration from their leader if they are to make it to the playoff of the competition. Rahul is also in contention for the Orange Cap Award as he sits on the second position in the leading run-getter list.

 

SAM CURRAN (TEAM CHENNAI)

MS Dhoni used the all-round abilities of Sam Curran to beautiful use in the first half of the competition. With the ball supposed to do something early in the innings in the UAE, Sam Curran could be looked at as a new ball option yet again. He is also a mean hitter and can be used as a floater in the batting line up and these qualities make him an indispensable member of the squad.