IPL 2021: CSK’s Suresh Raina and 6 others in Ricky Ponting’s list of players to watch out in IPL 2021

Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting reveals one player in each opposition team who will be the most important for their side
Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting reveals one player in each opposition team who will be the most important for their side

IPL 2021 – Ricky Ponting’s list of players to watch out in IPL 2021: Who are the most exciting players in IPL 2021? Who better to know this than Ricky Ponting, Australian legend and Head Coach of Delhi Capitals. Looking beyond his own team, the former Aussie captain has revealed seven players in other teams he regards as the most dangerous this season.

IPL 2021 – Ricky Ponting’s list of players to watch out in IPL 2021: Suresh Raina – Chennai Super Kings

Experience, fitness, quality – these ingredients make Suresh Raina a very potent performer this year, according to Ponting.

“He’s one of the leading run-scorers in IPL history and he plays a really important role for Chennai Super Kings in the middle order. Just his experience and the partnerships that him and Dhoni and Faf…have created have been a reason the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has been one of the really powerful teams in IPL history.

“I’ve had a look at his social media, he looks really fit…Dhoni probably didn’t have the impact late in games last year that we’ve been accustomed to. So I think they’ll try and strengthen their five, six, seven area with Raina and Dhoni there together,” Ponting told cricket.com.au in an interview.

IPL 2021 – Ricky Ponting’s list of players to watch out in IPL 2021: Varun Chakravarthy – KKR

The KKR spinner performed well last year and caught the eye of Ponting. His pack of variations are seen by Ponting as the main reason why he could be even more dangerous this season.

“He’s a classic mystery spinner…he bowls an off-spinner, he bowls a googly, he bowls a leg-spinner and he bowls a carrom ball that he flicks out the front of his hand. So he’s got the variations on his deliveries, but he’s also got a lot of pace variations as well. So he’ll start in the mid-80s (kph) with his speed and he can push it up to 110kph with the quicker one.”

IPL 2021 – Ricky Ponting’s list of players to watch out in IPL 2021: Hardik Pandya – Mumbai Indians

He is already a superstar but Ponting believes Hardik Pandya may be an even bigger asset for Mumbai Indians thanks to his all-round abilities.

“He’s just an out-and-out power player now and he’s probably 75 kilos ringing wet, but he can bowl 140kph and he’s one of the best strikers of the cricket ball going around – he’s just a complete all-round package,” Ponting told the same website.

IPL 2021 – Ricky Ponting’s list of players to watch out – Nicholas Pooran of Punjab Kings

West Indies’ rising batsman Nicholas Pooran can set the stage ablaze with his batting. Ricky Ponting thinks he can even top the batting charts in IPL 2021.

“When you’ve got (a player like Pooran) with that much power and you’ve got a game where you can score 360 degrees, that’s where these guys become worth their weight in gold. If Pooran bats in the top four this year, I won’t be surprised if we’re seeing him as one of the leading run-scorers in the tournament.”

IPL 2021 – Ricky Ponting’s list of players to watch out – Rahul Tewatia Rajasthan Royals

After his batting fireworks, Rajasthan Royals’ Rahul Tewatia has become a household name. But Ponting saw him from close quarters at Delhi Capitals camp and thinks his hard work has transformed his batting.

“It’s his batting that he’s worked exceptionally hard on in the last couple of years. He’s worked on his backlift and tried to become much more of a power hitter…He’s someone that I take a bit of pride in watching actually, because I did a lot of work with him with his batting,” Ponting revealed.

IPL 2021 – Ricky Ponting’s list of players to watch out – Devdutt Padikkal of Royal Challengers Bangalore

Though RCB has players like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Glenn Maxwell, Ponting thinks that Devdutt Padikkal may be the one to keep your eyes on in IPL 2021.

“The thing about Padikkal is, as with most left-handers, if you give him any width…he is very strong through the off-side, but then if you get a little bit straight he’s got this pick up shot like Shikhar Dhawan and he’ll flick it over mid-wicket, and he actually pulls quite well for an Indian batter,” Ponting told Cricket Australia’s official website.

IPL 2021 – Ricky Ponting’s list of players to watch out – T Natarajan of Sunrisers Hyderabad

Thangarasu Natarajan made headlines last year by doing well in IPL and also bowling brilliantly in Australia. Ponting loves his ability to bowl yorkekrs.

“He’s not really a noted new ball bowler, the Sunrisers were using him for one over (in the Powerplay), one in the middle overs, and then two at the death, executing those yorkers probably as well as anyone in the tournament…Natarajan’s going to be a big player for them this year again.”