IPL 2018 Player of the tournament, IPL 2018 Player of the series, IPL 2018 Most Valuable Player, IPL 2018 MVP
The eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League, which was being touted as the grandest season of the league, got wrapped up on the highest note possible when Chennai Super Kings defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final on 27 May. However, a number of achievements and awards went to the teams and players who had not featured in the finale, and the foremost case of that is Kolkata Knight Riders star all-rounder Sunil Narine, who was named the IPL 2018 Most Valuable Player (IPL 2018 MVP) a.k.a. IPL 2018 Player of the Tournament. Always been a match-winner for KKR, Sunil Narine had a fiery run in the IPL 2018 season, and let’s look at the West Indies cricketer’s achievements of the 2018 edition which made him the ultimate IPL 2018 Player of the series.
Sunil Narine: IPL 2018 Player of the Tournament (IPL 2018 MVP)
Sunil Narine, while a lethal, lethal bowler in the Kolkata Knight Riders squad, was also the opening batsman for KKR, such was the prowess of the West Indies professional with both, bat and the ball. Totalling 357 runs with KKR in IPL 2018 at a strike rate of 190, which included 40 boundaries and 23 sixes in total, Narine was also the joint-highest wicket-taker for KKR, claiming 17 wickets in 16 matches for an economy rate of 7.65.
Amassing runs and wickets in highly efficient rates, Sunil Narine ended up on the top of the IPL 2018 table with 379.5 points, leaving quite a gap between himself and the second ranked Chennai Super Kings opener and IPL 2018 final’s century scorer, Shane Watson (318 points), proving that there was literally no other contender to win the IPL 2018 Most Valuable Player award (IPL 2018 MVP). The third ranked in the list was Delhi Daredevils’ Rishabh Pant who had 314.5 points.
As Kolkata Knight Riders were eliminated in the 2nd Qualifier of IPL 2018 Playoffs, Sunil Narine was not present at the time of the ceremony, when he was named the IPL 2018 Player of the Tournament aka IPL 2018 Player of the Series. Therefore, over a recorded video, Narine expressed grief about not being present at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for the tournament final, and hoped that he could continue with his role with bat and ball, saying,
“Unfortunately I couldn’t be there as our team were knocked out. Really wish we were in the finals. It has been a successful journey with the bat and ball. I would like to continue it and I really wish I could be there to collect the award.”
Becoming the IPL 2018 Player of the series (IPL 2018 MVP), Sunil Narine bagged his second MVP award, after winning his first MVP in his debut season in 2012. The West Indies professional wasn’t known for his batting prowess back then, and was an outright lethal bowler, picking 24 wickets from 15 matches at an economy rate of 5.47, and his performances powering KKR to their maiden IPL triumph.
In other news, as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won their third IPL title, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 8 wickets, Shane Watson became only the second player after Wriddhiman Saha, to score a hundred in an IPL final.