The 2018 Indian Premier League is on its last leg with Chennai Super Kings ready to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Final at the Wankhede Stadium. IPL 2018 has been the closest ever season with just 8 points separating the top team from the bottom team. There have been some brilliant individual performances this season but along with that, there were some big duds, who failed to live up to the expectations, even though they came into the tournament with a big reputation. In this article, we will analyse the performance of the wicket-keepers from each of the 8 teams and rank them on their performance this season.
Wriddhiman Saha IPL 2018 (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Wriddhiman Saha came into the tournament knowing that a good performance could help him status in the Indian international team but unfortunately for the 33-year-old, he struggled with injury all season and in the 10 matches he played, he could only score 122 runs at a below-par average of 15.25. In the keeping department, he did slightly better inflicting 6 dismal which included 1 stumping too. Saha has long been known as a test specialist but even then SRH franchise would have expected a better performance from their 1st choice wicket-keeper batsman.
Rating – 6/10
Ishan Kishan IPL 2018 (Mumbai Indians)
Ishan Kishan came in with a big reputation this season following his brilliant performance last season, however, he just couldn’t convert any of the starts he had except a solitary 50. But there is no doubt that Kishan is a hugely talented wicket-keeper, he completed a total of 11 dismissals which includes 2 stumpings. His 382 runs came in multiple starts but whenever the team needed it the most he perished and his inconsistency through the season will be a worry to the team management in the next one years.
Rating – 6.5/10
Quinton de Kock IPL 2018 (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Quinton de Kock came into the IPL in good form and to his credit, on more than one occasion he gave his side just the explosive start in the powerplay but soon after the fielding restrictions ended, he perished very quickly. He completed 3 stumpings during his 8 appearances which is impressive figures but he could only score 201 runs and was the fourth highest run-getter for his side, which just goes to show the struggle the batsmen have had from this team apart from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Rating – 6.5/10
Dinesh Karthik IPL 2018 (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Following his magical knock in the Nidahas Trophy Final, Dinesh Karthik came into IPL 2018 high on confidence but with KKR he was going to be under more pressure as the leader. Fortunately for the franchise, Karthik proved to be an excellent choice as the successor of 2-time title-winning captain Gautam Gambhir. His batting was superb scoring almost 500 runs, while also completing the most wicket-keeper dismissals in IPL 2018. Unfortunately for Karthik, his journey came to end in the Eliminator 2 which was much above the expectations people had for them prior to the season.
Rating – 7.5/10
Jos Buttler IPL 2018 (Rajasthan Royals)
Against all odds, Rajasthan Royals sneaked into the playoff stage and the main reason for this extraordinary second-half performance was the form of Jos Buttler, who hit 548 runs in 13 matches at an astonishing average of 54.80. The English wicket-keeper batsman smashed 5 consecutive fifties equally Virender Sehwag’s 2012 IPL record. His absence in the playoff was dearly missed as Rajasthan Royals struggled to finish the game against KKR. He will be under pressure next season to repeat this performance but there is no doubt that he was RR’s player of the season by far.
Rating – 8/10
Rishabh Pant IPL 2018 (Delhi Daredevils)
The highest run-scorer in the league stage of IPL 2018, Rishabh Pant enjoyed a stellar season in which he was Delhi Daredevils X-Factor due to the lack of form of Glenn Maxwell and Gautam Gambhir. He scored an astonishing 684 runs this season at a fantastic average of 52.62. What was most impressive about him was his fearlessness when coming up against some of the top bowlers of the world. He will be a key play for DD next season, who will be hoping that he can continue his good run even next season.
Rating – 8.5/10
KL Rahul IPL 2018 (Kings XI Punjab)
KL Rahul was everything that was good about Kings XI Punjab this season, there were some big disappointments in the squad but Rahul was one player who fully justified his exorbitant price-tag. He scored 659 runs in 14 matches with a strike-rate of 158 but what was the most impressive about his performance was his consistency, even when most KXIP batsmen failed, the wicket-keeper batsman was also present. He also completed 11 dismissals which include 1 stumping and some key catches.
Rating – 9/10
MS Dhoni IPL 2018 (Chennai Super Kings)
No one could have predicted the season MS Dhoni was going to have but the whatever the expectations were, the former Indian captain has totally outperformed those and could end his most successful IPL season as a batsman with the title win on Sunday (May 27th). He has also managed to complete 11 dismissals which included 2 stumpings. All eyes will be on him in the big Final as millions of Dhoni supporters hope for yet another world-class performance. It won’t be long before Dhoni hangs up his gloves but till he is there we should feel fortunate to watch a man who has not only shaped the game of cricket in India but has created trends in the international arena.
Rating – 9.5/10
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