JP Duminy and 10 IPL Players to Watch in the Next 7 Days and Why

Chris TealeFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2014

JP Duminy and 10 IPL Players to Watch in the Next 7 Days and Why

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    The Indian Premier League (IPL) is starting to gather steam, as the tournament moves rapidly toward its second week of matches in the United Arab Emirates.

    Already, the league has seen some scintillating batting and bowling performances, and there promises to be plenty more where they came from.

    With that in mind, read on for 10 players to watch over the next seven days in the IPL.

1. Glenn Maxwell

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    In just two matches, Australian Glenn Maxwell has scored a superb 184 runs at an incredible average of 92, showing he is in form at just the right time.

    With his Kings XI Punjab side facing Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the coming days, look for Maxwell to continue that form and mount further impressive scores.

2. Sunil Narine

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    With five wickets in the IPL already, Sunil Narine is proving once again that he is one of the most potent spinners operating in world cricket, especially on the slow surfaces of UAE.

    His 4-20 against the Mumbai Indians showed him at his best, and he will be keen to maintain his great start for the Kolkata Knight Riders this week.

3. JP Duminy

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    Another to hit his stride early with the bat is South African JP Duminy, who has carried on his form from the World Twenty20 earlier this month.

    Without being dismissed in his first two matches, Duminy has notched two half centuries for the Delhi Daredevils and will be looking for his good touch to continue.

4. Lasith Malinga

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    Leading the way once again for the Mumbai Indians is Lasith Malinga, with the Sri Lankan the joint-leader for most wickets taken.

    He was particularly impressive in taking 4-23 against the Kolkata Knight Riders, and on the basis of his performances here, he looks set for another successful tournament.

5. Manish Pandey

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    One domestic player to make a big splash already is Manish Pandey, with the 24-year-old looking right at home at No. 3 in the Kolkata Knight Riders batting order.

    The first Indian to score a century in the IPL, Pandey looks set for another good week if he can keep up what has been a very encouraging start.

6. Jaydev Unadkat

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    A young Indian seam bowler, Jaydev Unadkat has already prospered in the IPL this year with the Delhi Daredevils—his third franchise in the tournament.

    The 22-year-old has already played one Test and seven One Day Internationals for his country, and he could well be one to watch over the next week.

7. David Miller

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    Alongside teammate Glenn Maxwell, South Africa’s David Miller has been a revelation so far for Kings XI Punjab and should continue in a similar vein this week.

    Another to have scored two half centuries without being dismissed, look for him to carry on with his aggressive hitting and quick accumulation of runs in the lower order.

8. Parthiv Patel

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    Looking in ominous form already in this year’s IPL is Parthiv Patel, who continues to look right at home at the top of the order for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

    His unbeaten 57 against the Mumbai Indians showed he is coming into touch just at the right time, so he will be hoping to continue scoring freely as this week wears on.

9. Zaheer Khan

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    Can Zaheer Khan still compete at the toughest levels of cricket? So far, he has given plenty of indications he can do just that.

    Economical while chipping in with some crucial wickets, Khan will want to maintain his positive performances and may well see this week as the perfect time to kick on.

10. Varun Aaron

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    Another Indian seamer to look pretty decent so far is Varun Aaron, whose three wickets in the tournament have come at an average of just 13 runs apiece.

    Confident with the newer ball and in the middle overs, Aaron looks like he belongs at this level, and this may be the right time for him to capitalise on his good start.