Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the greatest T20 leagues around the world. It has provided players with opportunities to prove themselves at the biggest stage. From youngsters to experienced players, everyone gets a chance to make a name for themselves.
We have witnessed several players getting recognition after successful stints in the IPL. Many of them even got to represent their nations after performing well in the mega-event. However, there are a few players who haven’t got much attention they deserved. Despite performing on a consistent basis, these players have always been undervalued.
On that note, let’s take a look at the most underrated players in IPL 2021.
Jason Holder is among the most underrated overseas player in IPL 2021. The West Indies all-rounder currently plies his trade for Sunrisers Hyderabad before featuring for CSK and KKR in previous editions. Holder was roped in by SRH in 2020 as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh.
He made his presence felt in the lineup as he scored 66 runs at an average of 33 while also picking 14 wickets in just seven games in IPL 2020. However, he has been occasionally left out of SRH playing XI in IPL 2021 due to overseas combination. Holder has made full use of the limited opportunities he has got and currently has 61 runs and 4 wickets to his name in IPL 2021.
Ambati Rayudu can be considered as one of the unluckiest cricketers. He is a consistent middle-order batter who first plied his trade for MI until 2017. Rayudu delivered several match-winning knocks but was under the shadow of the likes of Pollard and Rohit Sharma.
He then joined CSK in 2018 and scored 602 runs for them in that season helping them to clinch the IPL title. Since then, Rayudu has scored runs on an occasional basis but hasn’t got the fame he deserves.
Sandeep Sharma is among the most underrated players in IPL 2021
Sandeep Sharma is an experienced campaigner in the IPL but hasn’t earned much recognition. Sharma has been a reliable medium-pace bowler over the years. He doesn’t have much pace in his bowling but covers it up with his ability to contain the batters with his swing bowling.
He has 112 wickets to his name in 98 games at an economy of 7.79. Out of those, 53 wickets have come in the powerplay, which is the most by any bowler. Sandeep hasn’t been valued much despite his consistent contributions and is looked below the young bowlers in the league.
Mayank Agarwal didn’t had a great start in the IPL but has been brilliant in the last three seasons. He has become a mainstay in Punjab Kings’ batting lineup alongside KL Rahul. Agarwal has been a dependable batter and has also upped his game by scoring at a healthy strike rate.
In IPL 2021, Agarwal has 332 runs to his name in nine games at an average of over 40 and a strike rate of around 140. His performances haven’t been appreciated much due to PBKS’ poor middle-order.