IPL 2020: Teams fragile areas to ponder upon
First Published 15, Sep 2020, 12:04 PM
All the franchises have the best players on their side. However, there are a plethora of reasons that leave some room for weaknesses. Here, we highlight some flaws that can be worked upon.
The thirteenth edition of the mega event is all set to begin this Saturday. The teams have been constantly seen putting out their best in the practice sessions. Although, all the teams look fairly balanced and promising for the event, yet only one emerges as the winner. The reason is not concealed, it's that they work more on their weaknesses than just scintillating their strengths.
Let us see the loopholes of the franchises that could be an impediment in the performance of the tournament:
The team is over-dependent on the overseas players, who nearly lead both batting and bowling. Jos Buttler, skipper Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer, each with specific prowess, leave a little room for the Indian players.
With mainly Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa as their experienced Indian batsmen, Yashasvi Jaiswal is still a newbie. Similar is the case with bowling where there is a lack of good death bowlers. Hardly do the Indian bowlers; Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Ankit Rajpoot; bowl well in the last overs, leaving only Archer to their rescue.
The team lacks an experienced Indian side, and with Ben Stokes away this season, the team is going to suffer a major blow.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
The batsmen-led team is a continuous carrier of the weak bowling attack, accounting for its biggest problem. Even though the franchise has included Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana, and Chris Morris, the team lacks experienced death-over seamers to their side. The Indian seamers like Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini need to make a mark to fill the spot.
Further, with only Moeen Ali as an all-rounder, the team lacks someone experienced, who can take off the death over-pressure, in case the top-order fails.
Kings XI Punjab:
The team has a good striking balance of batsmen and fast bowlers in their side. The team have Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Glenn Maxwell as their set batsmen, with Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Sheldon Cottrell, Hardus Viljoen as decent death bowlers.
However, the spin-friendly pitches in the UAE could restrict their speeding pace. The team has Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and Krishnappa Gowtham as their merely experienced wrist spinners.
The storming opening partnership between David Warner and Jonny Bairstow gives them the thrust required. The middle-order batsmen with Manish Pandey and Kane Williamson are quite solid. With the all-rounders, the team has Vijay Shankar and Wriddhiman Saha to rest on.
However, the bowling attack majorly depends on Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for spin and pace, respectively, as the team can pull up socks in this arena.
With a lineage of swashbuckling openers like Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, the team even has foreign players such as Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey confident of their batting skills. With a promising middle-order comprising Rishabh Pant, captain Shreyas Iyer, the team has a solid spin attack of R Ashwin and Amit Mishra. Besides the experienced death bowling attack, led by Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma, the team is hardly left with a loop to ponder over. Still, there is a certain lack of team spirit, which is the reason they couldn’t lift the IPL trophy ever.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
The power hitters like Tom Banton, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan, and Andre Russell need no introduction. The team surely has a dent in the middle, where there is no backup wicketkeeper and all-round options for Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell.
Also, the team has a bemoan lack of experienced death bowlers. Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi are rookies joining after prolonged injury, as the team solely depends on Pat Cummins. Besides, including Lockie Ferguson in a team of playing eleven won’t be possible.
Chennai Super Kings:
The consistent team hardly had any weakness under the thinking cap of MS Dhoni. However, this season comes with a sure shot panic.
With Suresh Raina, the soul of CSK, out due to personal reasons, the team will surely experience a dent in the batting line-up. Handling the significant position of the third batsman, he had a free hand on slow pitches, bowled by spinners, which UAE is certain to offer. Also, the absence of spinning legend Harbhajan Singh might also bother the team.
Besides, Deepak Chahar and Lungi Ngidi, quality bowlers at the death-like Shardul Thakur, and Josh Hazlewood will have to bring in more consistency. The fact that most team members are retired international players, the team has to be cautious of their fitness and physios.
The team has four IPL titles, the maximum by any team, which boasts more of its strength than any weakness.
Despite the fact they have the world’s best bowlers like Bumrah and Boult, Malinga backing out this season could bring some trouble. Besides Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar, the team should inculcate some crafty spinners that would come handy at UAE venues.