In the IPL, there have already been 18 200-plus team totals, which is equal to the 18 totals from the previous season and the most in any season. We examine some of the strategies that have proven successful thus far as the IPL approaches the midway point.
Lankan players for CSK
Ben Stokes joined the team amid rumors that he would concentrate solely on his batting. Deepak Chahar returned from injury only to sustain a new injury after giving up 94 in nine overs over the course of three games. In the first game, Tushar Deshpande came in expensive in the first match, and CSK’s bowling staff appeared underutilized overall.
In order to effectively utilize Ravindra Jadeja, who is unquestionably one of the greatest bowlers in the IPL this year, Dhoni resorted to his Sri Lankan recruits, off-spinner Maheesha Theekshana and medium pacer Matheesha Pathirana. They went above and above.
Theekshana tightened the screw in a high-scoring thriller against RCB before Pathirana fielded 19 in the final over. The following game, they were again successful precisely when KKR was trying to escape while chasing 235.
The Siraj element
Mohammed Siraj has established himself as Royal Challengers Bangalore’s go-to bowler regardless of the situation they find themselves in with an economy rate of 7.38, an average of 16.64 runs for each of his 14 wickets, and a strike rate of 13.7 balls.
RCB urgently required one Indian fast bowler to come up to the responsibility of managing the front end and back end of the innings because Vijaykumar Vyshak was still being eased into the attack and Harshal Patel’s slower balls were almost found out.
Siraj’s transformation into a more alert, fitter bowler who can throw a vicious yorker in the final overs has been truly remarkable. Siraj averaged over 10 per above in 2022. The natural inswinger was never easy to play in the Powerplay, but Siraj has added another dimension to his new-ball bowling by having more control over the wobbled seam variety.
Lower order steel
More of a widely popular trend. It also follows no particular pattern. KKR smashed five sixes in the final over on days when Rinku Singh, the anchor, was overshadowed by Rinku Singh, the finisher. Tilak Varma enters the game at No. 5 and shines with a 46-ball 84 in an innings when the next highest score is 21.
If Nicholas Pooran’s 19-ball 62, Shimron Hetmyer’s 26-ball 56, and Shardul Thakur’s 29-ball 68 are examples of successful comebacks after all hope seemed lost, Varma and Jason Roy (61 off 26 against CSK) will tell you that such innings does not have a great ending every time. The point is that nothing is truly over until it is. And it’s only intensifying how compelling the IPL is.
Multiple applications of Young Players
Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rahane, Siraj, and Rinku Singh will all appear on the IPL highlights, along with Yashashvi Jaiswal, Arjun Tendulkar, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dhruv Jurel, and Tilak Varma.
The upcoming generation of cricketers has once again demonstrated that India is T20 ready. They are young, aspirational, and have nothing to lose. Despite the spotlight that comes with being Sachin Tendulkar’s son, Arjun has already demonstrated excellent poise by holding off 20 runs in the final over.