IPL 2020 has been a whole new ball-game for the cricketers as the entire paradigm of T20 rudimentary has undergone a seismic shift in the UAE. With bowling friendly pitches it hasn’t been a batsmen’s paradise like always and even the best of the sport has struggled vehemently to find one’s footing throughout the game.
At the beginning of the tournament what seemed to be the strengths of the squad has now turned into glaring frailties with the teams gasping for breath against ruthless bowling throughout the fray. Each team has already singled out its major weak links and is working rigorously to get them fixed. We will look at the weakest links of every single team in the latest edition of the domestic extravaganza.
Krunal Pandya for Mumbai Indians
The elder Pandya sibling has been the solitary shaft of weakness in an otherwise decorated Mumbai Indians line up. He has so far amassed 45 runs from 8 games and has only managed to scalp 5 wickets throughout the tournament. His impact on the game hasn’t been that significant either. However, his weakness has been overlooked considering the consistent performances drummed up by others throughout the tournament for the Men in Blue.
Dinesh Karthik for Kolkata Knight riders
Barring that solitary knock of brilliance against Punjab, Karthik has so far managed to score 112 runs from 8 games in the tournament. He was the former captain of KKR until he handed over the captaincy armband to Morgan last night. However, that didn’t improve his record either as he could not garner a double-digit score. He has struggled badly throughout the fray and his lack of strokeplay and stability in the middle has wrecked a lot of gameplans for McCullum.
Kedar Jadhav for Chennai Super Kings
Kedar Jadhav has struggled badly in the ongoing edition of the tournament and has managed to score 58 runs from 6 games that he has played. To make matters worse he has scored them at a strike rate of 98.30 which has dearly cost Chennai a few games. He has also been sloppy in the field and he has miffed several opportunities in the field. It is highly questionable as to when will he become a part of this squad again.
Sanju Samson for Rajasthan Royals
Samson has managed 227 runs from 8 games and surprisingly is beyond the league of anyone else in this list. However, the reason that he is still included is that more than half of his runs have been scored in three games out of those eight. After two resonating performances in the first two games that saw him scoring two blistering knocks, he went into limbo for an indefinite period. For four consecutive games, he scored in single digit and when he snapped out of that stupor, it wasn’t enough to spark a rip-roaring impact in the next game either.
Aaron Finch for Royal Challengers Bangalore
Finch has definitely got a few decent numbers next to his name in the tournament but the amount of impact that he has left in the fray isn’t noteworthy. He has struggled in finding his footing and has failed to score at the attacking rate that he is famous for in the Australian colours. He has scored 191 runs from 8 games at a below-par strike rate of 128.79. Failing to get the expected start, a lot is being left for Kohli and De Villiers to pull off.
Shikhar Dhawan for Delhi Capitals
The Indian opener couldn’t really live up to his billing throughout the tournament. He did show sparks of brilliance but failed to convert them into big knocks and that will be bedevilling the Delhi management by a fair bit. Dhawan hasn’t been the usual attacker of the ball and has not really shown promise with the blade, as he has only managed to amass 258 runs from 8 games. Prithvi Shaw, on the contrary, has done a better job than the Indian opener.
Abhishek Sharma for Sunrisers Hyderabad
Before the start of IPL 2020, this youngster was spoken of very highly. However, in reality, he is still to kiss the heights which people believed that he will in the ongoing edition. He has only managed to garner 63 runs from 7 games and has only picked 2 wickets in the tournament. He has been thrashed at an economy rate of 9.10 rpo. Sharma was dropped in the last game and will have a hard time to regain a spot in the team.
Glenn Maxwell for Kings XI Punjab
Maxwell has failed to strike the right chord so far in the tournament as he has only managed to score 58 runs from 8 games. In fact, his strike rate has been abysmal which reads 95.08. He is expected to be one of the match-winners for the men in Red but his performance has been highly questionable throughout the IPL 2020.