IPL 2020: At the time when T20 cricket was a new commodity to everyone, it was believed that spinners will have nearly no role to play in the game that demands hitting from the very first ball. However, in the past decade, spinners have emerged as one of the better options to pick wickets even in the shortest format of the game.
In a tournament like IPL, which is played during the Indian summer, a lot of pitches in India tend to offer assistance to the spinners. As a result, most of the franchises have been keen to include at least a couple of quality spinners who can make the starting XI on a regular basis.
Ahead of this year’s IPL, we take a look at 3 IPL 2020 squads which have the most complete spin attacks among all the eight teams:
1.Chennai Super Kings
Available Options: Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, and R Sai Kishore
There’s no doubt that Chennai has the best spin bowling attack among all the eight teams. Led by Dhoni, the franchise has focused a lot on filling their spin bowling stocks with experience. CSK, which plays half of their matches in Chennai on a surface that is highly conducive to spin bowling, the team relies on their experienced campaigner to guarantee a majority of success in their home games.
The likes of Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, and CSK’s newest hiring for IPL 2020, Piyush Chawla, possess enough experience to bowl at any ground in the country. Adding more variety to their spin bowling department, Jadeja, along with Santner will be two great assets in the CSK squad.
2.Kolkata Knight Riders
Available Options: Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Green, Pravin Tambe, Varun Chakravarthy, and M Siddharth
Kolkata Knight Riders feature one of the best T20 spinners of all-time in Sunil Narine. Narine, who has been outstanding for the Kolkata-based franchise in the past seasons as well, will have a huge role to play for the team even in the next season.
In order to support Narine in the spin department, KKR features the talented Chinaman bowler in Kuldeep Yadav. Despite an awful season in 2019, Kuldeep is still one of India’s best in the shorter formats of the game.
KKR also made a surprise bid by going for Varun Chakravarthy this season. Varun, who is known to weave his magic with his fingers, hasn’t played any competitive cricket since his last outing for Kings XI in IPL 2019. It will be interesting to see how team management can extract the best out of his potential. To add more experience to the KKR bench, Pravin Tambe was also bought in the auction this year.
With the variety of spinners available at their disposal, KKR might not complain about their spin bowling reserves in IPL 2020.
Available Options: Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Yadav
Delhi Capitals will yet again fancy their chances with a settled squad that they have managed to build for the upcoming IPL season. The surface at Delhi’s home ground has traditionally been suited to aid spinners, who can turn it square at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground.
As a result, the franchise has stressed a lot on including quality spinners in their side. To add to their pool of spinners from the last year, Delhi traded R Ashwin as one of the finest exponents of off-spin in world cricket. Ashwin will partner along Amit Mishra and Axar Patel to share the spin-bowling duties for the Capitals.
The presence of Sandeep Lamichanne as their only overseas option is a great back-up for any of the first-choice spinners.