Top 5 Players Who Deserve Their Price Tags in IPL 2024

The Indian Premier League IPL 2024 has been one of the biggest festivals of this year and fans had a chance to witness a few outstanding individual performances. Few players made a match-winning contribution. Contrarily, the remaining other players’ brilliant efforts came in a losing cause. However, the players of IPL 2024 were brilliant with their performance and proved worthy of their price tags, regardless of the match outcome.

Some players were rewarded with lucrative prize money at the end of the season either for scoring runs or taking wickets. At the same time, few participants couldn’t live upto the spectators’ expectations. Their poor form often created a negative impact on the team. Despite their disappointing form, the teams always supported them to deliver the best performance. Let’s find out the five players who justified their price tag in IPL 2024.

5 Best Performers of IPL 2024 who deserved their price tags

These are the 5 outstanding performers of IPL 2024 who lived upto the expectations and justified their price tags with their top-notch performance:

1. Jake Fraser-McGurk (DELHI CAPITALS): INR 50 Lakhs

Australia’s young batter Jake Fraser-McGurk proved to be a surprise package for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2024. Despite not being included in the playing XI for the first 5 matches, the 22-year-old Aussie cricketer was the 2nd highest run scorer for his team after Rishabh Pant.

As the tournament progressed, Jake Fraser made use of the opportunity and created a sensation as a replacement for Lungi Ngidi. In 9 matches, he scored 330 runs with 4 half-centuries at an average of 36.67 and strike rate of 234.04. Mainly, his 27-ball 84 (including 11 fours and 6 sixes) against Mumbai Indians, amplified his team’s total to 257-4 in 20 overs.

By smashing 32 fours and 28 sixes, Jake Fraser in his debut season established himself as one of the most explosive opening batters in IPL history.

2. Shashank Singh (PUNJAB KINGS): INR 20 Lakhs

Shashank Singh was one of the best emerging players of IPL 2024 and his exceptional form with the bat helped the Punjab Kings (PBKS) came closer to winning many games despite losing wickets and grab some successful run chases.

Although his selection seemed to be controversial during the auction, but the 32-year-old right-handed batter focussed on his performance and scored 354 runs by playing 14 matches, which includes 2 half centuries. Shashank smacked 28 fours and 21 sixes this season at an average of 44.25 and strike rate of 164.65. 

Especially, his explosive knock of *68 runs from 28 balls (including 2 fours and 8 sixes) was useful in propelling PBKS to the highest successful run chase in T20 history. As a result, Punjab Kings chased down the mammoth target of 262 in just 18.4 overs with an 8-wicket victory against Kolkata Knight Riders.

3. Sunil Narine (KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS): INR 6 Crores

The West Indies bowling all-rounder Sunil Narine grabbed the Most Valuable Player of the season award for his impressive performance as the opening batter of Kolkata Knight Riders.

The only player who matched close to his performance was Virat Kohli. But Narine’s impact as a player was much greater. This season was the first time since 2018, that Narine performed well as an all-rounder for KKR (in terms of both batting and bowling). Moreover, the confidence given by the management helped him perform well for a good deal, and he turned out to be a precious gem for his team.

In 14 matches, the left-handed batter scored 488 runs, which includes a century and three half-centuries this season at an average of 34.86 and 180.74 strike rate. Also, he ranked as the 9th highest run scorer of the tournament and hit 50 fours and 33 sixes.

As an off-spin bowler, the 36-year-old Caribbean all-rounder took 17 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 21.65.

4. Phil Salt (KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS): INR 1.5 Crores

The England batter-wicketkeeper Phil Salt exhibited a brilliant performance as the opening batter of Kolkata Knight Riders. Also, he formed a great opening partnership along with Sunil Narine and guided KKR to win many games. However, he was able to bring stability to the batting lineup of KKR in this edition after having a low-quality set of openers in the previous couple of seasons.

By scoring 435 runs in 12 innings with 4 half-centuries, the 27-year-old English cricketer ranked as the 15th highest run scorer of the tournament. He struck 50 fours and 26 sixes in this season with a strike rate of 182.01 and an average of 39.55.

5. Tristan Stubbs (DELHI CAPITALS): INR 50 Lakhs

The South African batter proved to be one of the best finishers of the season for his team, Delhi Capitals. His batting style created space for the top-order batters to take extra time to settle on the crease and attack after the bowlers later. The 23-year-old cricketer scored 378 runs in 14 matches of IPL 2024, including 3 half-centuries.

His highest score was *71 from 25 balls, which included 3 fours and 7 sixes, in a losing cause while chasing a target of 235 runs against Mumbai Indians. In the entire season, Tristan smashed 24 fours and 26 sixes at an average of 54.00 and a strike rate of 190.91. Even after the arrival of Jake Fraser, his contribution still remained crucial for his team.