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Trump Cards of IPL 9 – Part 1

The 9th edition of the IPL has gotten underway to some lip-smacking cricket already, setting the tone for a hot and fiery T20 extravaganza as the mercury keeps rising. With the 8 teams getting down to business, we look at some of the potential Gamechangers from this season – whose performances will be key if their teams are to succeed.

RCB’s NEW TRUMP CARD: SHANE WATSON

Despite the likes of marauding Gayle, the magnificent De Villiers and the mercurial Kohli in their ranks RCB has been falling well short over the past 3 seasons. But having picked up the most expensive buy in the last IPL auction in the form of Shane Watson – they’ve added explosive batting muscle with a mix of accurate pace bowling. Watson was the player of the tournament in the inaugural edition leading the Rajasthan Royals to glory. Capable of turning a game on its head with bat and ball in hand – he could just be the missing link in the RCB dream team adding balance in depth.

DELHI’S DAREDEVIL: CARLOS BRATHWAITE

He set the world alight with his breathtaking hitting in the final of the World T20, smashing 4 sixes in 4 balls with 19 needed of the final over. West Indian Carlos Brathwaite will be a name that will go down in the history of T20 cricket, but the man is keen to not rest on his laurels and continue from where he left of. In a relatively uninspired Delhi side – Brathwaite could be just the man that could bring them back into the reckoning – effective with his bowling as much as he is with bat in hand.

PUNE’S SUPER REBEL: KEVIN PIETERSON

With his international career virtually over, Kevin Pieterson is the ultimate T20 cricketer playing in as many as 7 T20 leagues around the world. But the one thing that hasn’t wavered is his ability to smash the ball into the crowd. With the confidence of MS Dhoni in his side, Kevin Pietereson will look to do justice to his T20 batting credentials by finally coming up with the goods at T20’s biggest extravaganza for one of IPL’s newest teams.

HYDERABAD’S ULTIMATE WARRIOR FOR THIS IPL: DAVID WARNER

He is the most destructive Aussie batsman since Adam Gilchrist, and set with a run chase of well over 200 – David Warner gave the Sunrisers’ immense hope as long as he was out there in the middle. Such is the southpaw, that he plays all formats of the game in the same vein, all-out attack. While the Sunrisers’ haven’t added a powerhouse performer this season, a lot will depend on how Warner performs if they are to stake claim for a spot in the top 4.

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