Here are the nominees of MVP of IPL 2021 and the winner.
IPL 2021 was postponed after a few players tested positive for coronavirus. But the tournament was going great till then, with thrilling finishes and extraordinary knocks and spells. So, if IPL 2021 never sees another day, then who would win the Most Valuable Player award on the basis of the performances produced during the tournament?
Here are a few possible contenders, and the eventual winner.
Harshal Patel, RCB
Harshal of RCB was easily the find of the tournament, making a quick impression in the IPL 2021 opener as he took 5 wickets for 27 runs against Mumbai Indians. He, however, continued to bag wickets for the next 5 matches until he went wicketless in his 7th match against Punjab Kings. But he has done enough to be the purple cap holder, bagging 17 wickets in just 7 games. He also showed he is no mug with the bat, playing a cameo of 13-ball 31 against PBKS but in a lost cause.
Prithvi Shaw, DC
The Delhi Capitals opener batted as if he was making amends for his poor form that saw him lose his place in the national squad. After scoring tons of runs in Vijay Hazare Trophy, he scored runs with a vengeance in IPL 2021. He boasts of a strike rate of 166.48 in IPL 2021, the best among the top 10 run-getters. He reserved his best for Under-19 World Cup batchmate Shivam Mavi against Kolkata Knight Riders, smacking 6 consecutive fours off his over. He and Shikhar Dhawan formed a lethal opening stand as both take the 2 spots among the top four run-getters in IPL 2021 so far.
Faf du Plessis, CSK
If CSK has had a great IPL 2021 season so far, a lot could be credited to their opening pair of Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad. But it was du Plessis who was the most consistent, holding one end up, and anchoring the innings on a regular basis. He cracked four fifties in 7 innings and took the third spot in the list of top run-getters in IPL 2020. He started IPL 2021 with a duck, but then went on to post 4 straight fifties.
But the award for Most Valuable Player in IPL 2021 goes to…
Harshal Patel, RCB
If RCB remained on the top four spots throughout IPL 2021 until it was postponed, a lot of credit could be given to how Harshal Patel bowled in the death overs. In the first game against Mumbai, he stopped Mumbai from posting a big total. Although he went for runs in a few games, he was still a vital cog in the RCB bowling line-up. He took wickets in death overs and in crucial phases of the game. And that tilted the balance in his favour in bagging the Most Valuable Player award of IPL 2021.