Indian Premier League is all set to start from Saturday with the defending champions Chennai Super Kings going against Kolkata Knight Riders. Amidst the preparation for the tournament, we have always a few players who are less known despite putting the performances year in and year out. Here are our underrated cricketers in the history of the Indian Premier League.
Underrated Cricketers of IPL History Till Date:
The Indian southpaw has remained the loyal servant for the Indian national cricket team and has the ICC Champions Trophy under his belt. Though he is highly regarded in the national team setup, in IPL, his contributions are less spoken about. The player has 5784 runs in 192 games with an average hovering around the 30s. The swashbuckling left-handed batsman also has an Indian Premier League title under his belt when Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016.
The Karnataka player debuted alongside Virat Kohli to the Indian National Team’s U-19 setup. Manish Pandey was part of the team that won the ICC U-19 World Cup under Virat Kohli in 2008. Soon after, the draft happened and both players were roped in by the Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, Virat Kohli was less noticed at that time but rose to fame. On the other hand, Manish Pandey has remained low-key.
In the Indian Premier League, the player has two IPL titles under his belt. He is the first Indian to score a century in the cash-rich league. The player is going through a few average seasons but has always contributed to his side with the bat. The Karnataka batsman has 3560 runs in 152 games and will look to reach the 4000 run mark in the 2022 edition.
Like that his Karnataka counterpart, Robin Uthappa has also been one of the most underrated cricketers in the history of IPL. Despite winning multiple Indian Premier League titles with multiple teams, Robin Uthappa has flown under the radar.
Starting his journey with Mumbai Indians, the player joined Royal Challengers Bangalore and made it to the finals. However, it did not work out for the team. In 2011, the player joined a different outfit and 2014 was when the player reached the peak. He scored 660 runs in a single season and led Kolkata Knight Riders to the title. The player has featured in 193 games and 4722 runs in the Indian Premier League.
The leggie will always remain a legend for his state team, Delhi. Despite his consecutive best performances, the player did not feature for the national team highly. However, Amit Mishra has been one of the underrated players in IPL history to date.
Though he went unsold, the contribution of the player is less spoken about. He has picked 166 wickets in 154 games and remains the highest Indian wicket-taker in the history of IPL.
Though the player was part of the Indian World Cup-winning squad in 2011, the chances did not come to him. More so in the IPL, despite putting consistent performances, he has been shadowed by the flashy and glamorous players. Two times IPL winner, Piyush Chawla is one of the most underrated players in the history of IPL. The leg-break bowler has 157 wickets from 165 games but will not be part of IPL 2022.