The first 10 matches have seen all teams completing 2 matches each. Valthaty has turned the IPL heat on among viewers, While overall Malinga, Kallis, Botha and Sachin have been consistent.
Valthaty -The Orange Cap Holder
With one knock, the only century of 2011, Valthaty has not only made teams respect his Kings XI team, but also popularised IPL again, after the initial boring shows of other teams. His knock announces return of Kings XI, as well as promises more from him.
Kallis: Only Player with 2 50s
The South African all-rounder playing for Kolkata Knight Riders is not only among the highest run-scorer (2nd best) but also jointly leads the fielding chart with 4 catches (shared with Botha). He has scored 107 runs and taken 4 catches. He is the only player to have scored half-centuries in both innings.
Botha and Sachin: Who Will take their wicket first!!
The South African all-rounder Botha has been more successful with bat. Coming at number 3 he has played two unbeaten innings, guiding his team to victory with one half century. Botha also jointly leads the fielding chart with 4 catches in 2 matches. Sachin Tendulkar, the captain of Mumbai Indians have also reached the 100 mark remaining undefeated. He has led his team to victories and while he missed half-century against DD due to low target, he scored 55 not out against RCB.
Malinga: The Toe-Crusher is The Purple Cap Holder
What more to say for the slinger. He has already grabbed 7 wickets in two matches, and you can be sure there are much more to follow. A repeat of 5-wkt haul may not happen again. But, with Malinga the chances are always there to not only repeat such feat, but add some hattricks, and better performances.
Other Consistent Performers
Rayudu for MI and Venugopal Rao for DD have been consistent performers in last two matches. Both have been among the runs. Venugopal has been the highest run scorer for his team in both their losses. Rayudu is a revelation now, scoring fluently against spin and fast both.
Other Key Performers
Parnell, S Bagh and Thomas of PWI, Abdullah of KKR, Warne, Amit Singh and Siddharth Trivedi of RR, Praveen Kumar of KXIP in initial spell have been a treat to watch. They have foxed the batsmen, and the consistent performance assures further good shows.
Uthappa and Mohnish Mishra (PWI), Warner (DD), McCullum, Jadeja and Hodge (KTK) have showed good signs of big innings and they are the players to watch for future.