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Ruturaj Gaikwad to Harshal: Standout Performances from the Season

A season that had its ebbs and flows finally got a beautiful conclusion as Team Chennai beat Team Kolkata to lift their fourth Indian T20 League title. There were some outstanding individual performances throughout this season whether it was Ruturaj Gaikwad with the bat or Harshal Patel having a record-breaking season with the ball.

Let’s find out the five most valuable players of the season.

RUTURAJ GAIKWAD

He was easily the standout young player in this season and the rightful winner of the Emerging player award. He made history in the season as he became the youngest ever Orange Cap winner and had a remarkable season with Team Chennai as he helped them to lift yet another trophy. Gaikwad was wonderful against spin and had nerves of steel as we saw him put in some amazing performances when the team needed him the most. He finished with 635 runs in just his second season.

KL RAHUL

KL Rahul’s claim on the Orange Cap got taken away from the Punjab opener as both the Chennai openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad leapfrogged Rahul in the Orange Cap race in the final. Nevertheless, Rahul had a decent campaign on an individual level and finished the season with the best average in the top ten run-getters list. He also smashed the most number of sixes in the season, something to be proud of for KL Rahul. This was his second consecutive season where he crossed the 600 mark and has by far been the most consistent batter in the competition since 2018.

AVESH KHAN

Avesh Khan was yet another exciting young player who had a season to remember. There may have been a few injury concerns for the youngster in this second leg as his pace was down from his usual standards but still made a considerable impact. He finished second on the purple cap list but had it not been an extraordinary season from Harshal Patel, he would surely have been amongst the competition for the award.

GLENN MAXWELL

Glenn Maxwell and Team Bangalore seemed like a match that was always going to work out. It seemed like two soul mates who had been through tough experiences just to find one another. Fifty per cent of Maxwell’s half-centuries in the league came in this season and credit needs to be given to the Bangalore management in the way they handled the ‘Big Show’. Maxwell finished the season with 513 runs which was his second-best return ever in his Indian T20 League career.

HARSHAL PATEL

Now getting to the Most Valuable Player of the season, Harshal Patel. The seamer had a dream run in the 2021 season, he achieved something that seemed almost impossible before the start of the season. He ended the season with 32 wickets; joint highest with DJ Bravo for a single campaign in the competition’s history. Patel took on the responsibility of being Bangalore’s number one death bowler head-on and his stock in the league is as high as any other fast bowler now.

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