IPL 2020 has seen a new brand of T20 cricket far from the comfort zone of flat batting-friendly surfaces of India which used to be the paradise for the batsmen. UAE has unleashed a skeleton from the closet that used to prance its way to merry in the nightmares of the batsmen previously. With the surfaces favouring the bowlers, anything above 170 has seemed like a monumental challenge for the team batting second.
The pitches have not just been slow in ilk but the ball hasn’t really reached the bat either, making life hell for the batsmen. Bowlers have had a pretty good tournament and the leading contenders of supremacy in this year’s glory hunt are based on the back of a few most exciting bowlers of the contest.
With all said and done, we will be looking at the hit players of every team in the ongoing edition of the fray who has substantiated their dexterity on alien pitches so far and has also came out in flying colours to underline themselves as the MVP’s of the respective franchises.
1. Kieron Pollard for Mumbai Indians:
The Caribbean muscle-man has outclassed every single bowler that he has been up against and has so far garnered 174 runs from the 6 innings that he has batted in. More importantly to underline his unparalleled dominance in the tournament, he has scored all those runs at a staggering strike rate of 189.13.
He has also picked up 7 catches in the tournament, out of which two were absolute rippers in the boundary. Though Mumbai hasn’t really used his bowling flair a lot, yet out of the 10 overs that he has bowled, he has scalped two wickets at an economy rate of 8.80. It isn’t just the numbers that will act as a burning testimony to his brilliance but the impact that he has created on the game for Mumbai in every single department has transcended him beyond anyone else’s reach.
2. Kagiso Rabada for Delhi Capitals:
Delhi Capitals has been in a heaven of their own riding on the pace duo of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada. Nortje has bred inhuman pace, bowling the five fastest balls of IPL 2020 and also the fastest delivery in the entire history of IPL while Rabada has left the oppositions stunned with some incredible fast bowling and his sturdy fascination for wickets.
This youngster from the Rainbow Nation is leading the race for the Purple Cap by a mile as he has so far scalped 18 wickets from 8 games in the fray. He has breathed fire with the cherry in the hand, consistently clocking 150 plus kays. His economy rate has improved drastically over the years and he has so far bowled at 7.61 RPO. Needless to say, but Rabada has already proven himself to be the match-winner in Dehi.
3. Mayank Agarwal for Kings XI Punjab:
Despite KL Rahul being the highest scorer of the fray until now, the man who has proved to be the impetus for Punjab is none other than the youngster Mayank Agarwal. He has so far scored 382 runs from 8 games in the tournament, trailing Rahul by 66 runs in the race for the Orange Cap.
The reason that he has surpassed Rahul in the race to becoming Punjab’s most valuable player is because of an aggressive strike rate. His belligerence at the top has helped Rahul to settle in the middle and play a knock comfortably that has so far addressed the batting woes of Punjab. Despite the fact that Punjab has struggled in the fray until now, Mayank’s dominance has been unparalleled.
4. Eoin Morgan for Kolkata Knightriders:
Morgan has so far done a decent job in an otherwise ship-wrecked KKR batting line up. He has been the solitary shaft of hope for the KKR middle-order. With 214 runs from 8 games that has seen him being experimented consistently throughout the batting, Morgan has been the pillar of stability for KKR.
Not only has been a stable batsman in the ranks for KKR, but he has also shown aggression whenever his team needed him to do it. In fact in the last game against Mumbai Indians where the entire batting line up slipped like rubble of dust, Morgan provided the platform to Cummins for his pyrotechnics that saw him registering his first half-century in IPL. Captain Morgan will be KKR’s best bet if they are looking forward to flip the tide in their favour.
5. Jofra Archer for Rajasthan Royals:
Archer has been Royals’ best bet in an otherwise ailing campaign that has seen the men in pink securing only three victories until now in the fray. His brutal pace in the tournament has seen him leading the bowling charge for Rajasthan Royals with 12 wickets from 8 games so far.
He has been very consistent with the ball and has bowled at a miserly rate of 6.56 runs per over until now. In fact, he has also batted for a fair bit in the tournament that has seen him garnering 89 runs from 8 games at a staggering strike rate of 202.27. If there is one man who can help Rajasthan survive the scare it is the English fast bowler.
6. Faf du Plessis for Chennai Super Kings:
Chennai has so far had a very challenging tournament with the team dangling by a thread in the bottom half of the points table. However, this South African batsman has been in enviable form throughout the fray and has led the charge for the Yellow Army.
He has garnered 307 runs from 8 games and has plucked out rippers from mid-air, establishing his brilliant fielding dexterity in the deep. He has been extremely consistent and has shown maturity in the face of ordeals. He has also been pretty belligerent with the bat in the hand as he has scored at a sturdy rate of 146.88, which is a lot more than his usual strike rate of 129.
7. AB De Villiers for Royal Challengers Bangalore
Once again the numbers have been a blatant lie for one of the cricketing greats of all time. AB De Villiers has only managed to score 230 runs from 8 games, much lesser than the preceding standards set by himself.
However, the impact that he has so far had in the fray has been monumental. Not only has Bangalore flipped around his batting positions frequently but the stalwart from the Rainbow Nation has adapted to every single position and exhibited dominance of the first waters. Once again Mr 360 has rocked the bowlers by surpassing his usual strike rate of 152 as he has scored at 179.68 in the current edition of the fray.
8. David Warner for Sunrisers Hyderabad:
The man who has led the Orange Army from the front not just with his captaincy but also his impeccable batting is the three-time Orange Cap winner, David Warner.
The Australian southpaw has scored 284 runs from 8 games at a decent strike rate of 121.88. He hasn’t been his usual ruthless self and the reason for his transformation has been the onus that he has taken upon himself. Hyderabad has a very slender batting line up and the major responsibility of ushering the team to a formidable total falls on his shoulders. Now in cases where Warner has failed, the entire team really couldn’t conjure something special.
With an onus of such sizeable proportions strapped on to his back, he has changed his batting style to accommodate more room as a team player.