IPL 2020: Cricket is gradually witnessing a full circle as far as quality and the type of players who are succeeding at the international level. When earlier, the game valued specialists where a player could either bat or bowl, there came a time when bits and pieces cricketers who could do a bit of both, were assumed as jewels in the team.
However, in the recent past, and especially ever since the gained popularity of T20 cricket, the game is yet again beginning to value players who are master at their craft. Once again specialists are being considered as the heart and soul of any team.
T20 has brought even more diversity in terms of which kind of bowler or a batsman is suitable depending upon the match situation. As a result, these days players who can finish the innings are in great demand in the shortest format of the game. At times, a game is lost or won depending on how a team performs in the death overs of its innings.
As we head into another edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2020, here’s a look at 3 teams that have the best finishers among all the eight franchise:
1. Mumbai Indians
Available Options: Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Sherfane Rutherford
There’s no doubt that Mumbai Indians yet again go in the IPL with the possibility of defending their crown this year. The Rohit Sharma-led franchise has got all the ingredients to get their hands on the trophy for the fifth time in the IPL history. A lot can be attributed to their strong pol of finishers, who have times and again showed the ability to turn things around for their team.
The Pandya brothers along with Pollard, form a potent trio to finish off games for MI. This provides Mumbai with enough batting depth even till No.8 in the batting order.
To strengthen their pool of finishers, MI even traded Sherfane Rutherford ahead of the IPL as someone who can use the long handle to hit the ball hard and long.
2.Kolkata Knight Riders
Available Options: Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, and Eoin Morgan
Kolkata boasts of one of the best finishers going around in the cricketing world as far as T20s are concerned. Andre Russell, the Caribbean all-rounder has built a reputation of someone who can change the course of the match within a few balls. His ability to strike the ball from the onset makes a dangerous prospect in T20 cricket.
Even in the past, Russell has delivered for KKR on a continuous basis as a worthy finisher at No.5 and 6. Along with Russell’s brutal power and striking ability, KKR will be encouraged by their skipper Dinesh Karthik’s ability to handle pressure in the final few overs.
He has shown what he can do in the dying stages of the game even at the highest level and in the last couple of seasons for KKR. In the IPL auction 2020, KKR even bought the services of Eoin Morgan, who is more than capable to assist Karthik and Russell in the role of finishers.
3.Kings XI Punjab
Available Options: Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, and Krishnappa Gowtham
Kings XI Punjab seems to have ticked a lot of boxes with their squad for the upcoming edition in April 2020. Punjab’s buying this auction was quite a rationale as they went for players who know a thing or two about playing T20 cricket. In doing so, they even addressed the issues in their finishing departments after having a really solid middle-order.
The likes of James Neesham, Glenn Maxwell, are two players who can torment any bowling attack on their day. Maxwell is in sublime touch playing for Melbourne Stars in the BBL.
Neesham, who’s fancied as a smart option at No.7, was even trusted by the Kiwis in the all-important Super Over in the WC Final. To partner these two, Kings XI traded an Indian domestic star in Gowtham, who’s playing some of the best T20 cricket in his life. The all-rounder had finished games for Rajasthan on many occasions and Punjab would hope for him to weave his magic even in IPL 2020.