In IPL 2023, a number of star players were conspicuously absent due to various reasons. However, the upcoming season sees their return, marking a significant comeback for some of the cricketing world's biggest names. Here's a rundown:

Rishabh Pant

In December 2022, Rishabh Pant faced a severe setback due to a devastating car accident, raising doubts about his cricketing future. Fast forward fourteen months, and Pant's comeback as the Delhi Capitals' captain is nothing short of a triumph, not just for his team but for the sport as a whole. However, questions linger about how Pant will handle the demands of batting, leading the side, and potentially keeping wickets after such a prolonged absence from the game.

Pant's journey back to the field involved multiple knee ligament surgeries, skin grafts, extensive therapy, and months of rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. His return promises to bolster the Capitals' batting lineup, particularly during the crucial middle and death overs, where they struggled in the previous season. A successful IPL campaign could even pave the way for Pant's inclusion in India's T20 World Cup squad.

Jasprit Bumrah

After missing IPL 2023 due to a back injury, Jasprit Bumrah enters the new season in prime bowling form, as evidenced by his stellar performance against England, where he claimed 19 wickets in four Tests. While his red-ball prowess is unquestionable, Bumrah's T20 action has been limited since August 2023. Managing his workload will be crucial, especially with the T20 World Cup looming immediately after the IPL final.

Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer sat out the last IPL season due to a back injury, followed by surgery. As he steps into the role of captain for the Kolkata Knight Riders this season, he faces additional challenges stemming from recent setbacks in his career. Despite a strong showing in the ODI World Cup, Iyer found himself sidelined from India's T20I and Test squads, losing his central contract in the process. A successful IPL campaign is essential for his resurgence.

Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins opted out of IPL 2023 to focus on international cricket, a decision that paid dividends as he played a pivotal role in Australia's triumphs in various formats. His subsequent record-breaking auction bid and appointment as Sunrisers Hyderabad's captain highlight his elevated status. However, Cummins' past IPL performances haven't matched his international success, making this season a critical test for him.

Mitchell Starc

Returning to the IPL after an eight-season hiatus, Mitchell Starc arrives as the league's most expensive player ever. Despite his impressive international pedigree, Starc faces the challenge of translating it into IPL success, especially given his limited recent white-ball experience.

Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson's truncated debut for Titans last season was marred by injury, but his return brings much-needed experience to the team, particularly with Shubman Gill taking over the captaincy. Williamson's leadership will be instrumental in Titans' campaign.

Jonny Bairstow

After missing IPL 2023 due to injury, Jonny Bairstow returns for Punjab Kings following a stint in India for a Test series. His explosive batting in the previous season showcased his potential, but his role in the team's overseas contingent remains uncertain as they aim for playoff qualification.

The return of these star players adds an extra dimension of excitement and anticipation to IPL 2024, promising a thrilling season ahead.