The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) may have got called off due to multiple Covid positive cases across four different franchise but in whatever games that were played, one fact was once again established that it’s not always the highest-earning player of a franchise is also its most valuable player.
The past few seasons have established this fact to the hilt and the recent season once again testified it.
On that note, here’s a look at the most valuable player of every franchisee who isn’t their highest-paid cricketer in IPL 2021:
Delhi Capitals – Shikhar Dhawan (Rs 5.2 Crore); Highest earning player – Rishabh Pant (Rs 15 Crore)
Ever since he jumped ship from SunRisers Hyderabad to the Delhi Capitals, Shikhar Dhawan has been a different beast in the IPL.
Dhawan was a perennial underachiever in T20 cricket up until 2019 but in the last couple of seasons, the veteran southpaw has transformed himself beyond recognition.
Earlier, Dhawan was often found guilty of slowing down after the powerplay and not showing enough intent to push the scoring rate. But, that is clearly not the case now.
The southpaw not only anchors the innings but also ensures that he maintains the tempo throughout his knock and consistently scores big runs.
While in the 2020 season, Dhawan smashed as many as 618 runs in 17 innings at an average of 44.4 and a blistering strike rate of 144.73 with four 50s and two 100s, this year too, he was in cracking form.
In 8 innings, Dhawan had already racked up 380 runs at 54.28 and a strike rate of 134.27 with three 50+ scores before the IPL got called off.
It is fair to say that Shikhar Dhawan is the most valuable player for the Delhi Capitals currently.