Match 3: CSK vs RR: Predictions

This clash between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals is going to be the first match that is to be held in the venue, Sharjah. The wicket of Sharjah traditionally hesitates to provide more run-scoring options due to the slowness on the surface. And at the same time, it won’t entirely support the bowlers too. 

It’s going to be interesting to see how MSD’ s team is going to play with this new condition. Rajasthan, playing their first match might be having some fresh thoughts, and without any excuses, they need to put more effort to get into the track straight away. 

Let’s dive into the predictions to feel the build-up of the clash.

Prediction on the top run-scorer

Jos Buttler is the front-runner to make more runs in this clash between the finalists of the very first IPL season. Buttler, with his current form, looks so reliable and has got back into shape with the home Test matches and his match-winning performance in the T20 series against mighty Australia. He had been fluent with his stroke-making all around the park. So there is no doubt that this opportunity to open for RR will also be used optimistically by the English wicket-keeper. 

Ambati Rayudu has been coming out of his six-month hiatus. And he has come back to the track with his match-winning knock against Mumbai Indians in the first match of this Dream 11 IPL 2020. Without Suresh Raina, CSK looks imbalanced at the top. Ambati Rayudu, the real match-winning performer, is now allocated with a massive responsibility of the engine room. Therefore, Ambati Rayudu has the probability of scoring more for CSK. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Sam Curran will be handy for MSD in terms of scalping the top orders of RR. Mainly, he knows how to bowl to the dangerous Jos Buttler of RR as they belong to the same international team. Sam Curran, with his previous match cameo with both the bat and the ball, might be vibrant. What he needs to do for the next match is to take the positives out of his previous performance. Luckily he has got the franchise that would establish his real talent. Along with that, it offers him significant chances to perform from the front. So, according to the current scenario, the young English bowler is the strong candidate to be the most wicket-taker of the fifth match of IPL 2020.

Another bowler who can be a tough competitor of Sam Curran in terms of wicket-taking might be the lethal Jofra Archer. The West Indian born England bowler can be handy at any types of wickets. He can even extract bounce from the feather belt wickets. The speed he possesses is the greatest weapon at any point of an innings in the fast-moving T20 format. With the way he bowled against Australia in the English soil gives the hint that he is ready to roar in this flamboyant tournament. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

Chennai Super Kings have this habit of winning initial matches of a tournament. Consequently, it has always put them in a most comfortable space during the end of group stage matches. As the first match of this edition reflects the natural winning habit of CSK, the Chennai based team is stepping its leg into the next match as the favourites. 

Batting wise, CSK is felt little lesser than RR in terms of power hitters and openers, but still, CSK knows how to play the twenty overs effectively. CSK has this huge all-rounders list in their playing eleven. Anyone who walks in to bat can score runs, and that is the biggest strength of CSK, which other teams lack. 

Besides, CSK has great bowling options to go with. They can go with the bowler who gets on a roll, which in turn puts them a tough team to bat against. Even though Rajasthan Royals possess the exponents such as Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, David Miller, and Robin Uthappa, they have to be more tactical in facing the CSK bowlers. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Jos Buttler, who would step in as an opener, will get plenty of options to hit more over the ropes. With the dashing batting style, the English opener will have to face Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran. As he had tackled the express pacers Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Kane Richardson, these CSK bowling-openers won’t be a much bother to the RR openers. 

Apart from that, Sanju Samson is currently pushed to a stage where he needs a point to prove as an international batter. He has got the skills, and he has done it in the past. This is the right time to get into the limelight for Sanju Samson, and he isn’t the player who would miss such a great opportunity. A powerful spin-hitter who can dance well down the pitch and at the same time he middles the ball in a fabulous way to send the ball over the roofs. On the whole, Sanju Samson might be a formidable contender to be on this healthy race to score more number of sixes. 

Prediction on Man of the match:

Ravindra Jadeja looked good in the last match. But unfortunately, he departed earlier in the last match. Batting wise he is in great touch. Even his bowling spoke much with two crucial wickets he picked up. Looking at the rhythm of Ravindra Jadeja in all three departments, it just hinted that he is ready to register his name on top with his precious performance. 

A competitor for Ravindra Jadeja in winning the Man of the match award would be Sam Curran, who is also in the way to be a perfect all-rounder. 

To Sum Up

Eventually, with so much experience and outstanding leadership, CSK steps in as favorites in their second match of this edition against the mighty Rajasthan Royals.

Match 3: RCB vs. SRH: Predictions

The first two matches of this Dream 11 IPL once again proved how IPL is connected with quality and entertainment. A bit of rustiness was felt with the players, but the quality is still at the top-notch. And now it’s time for two biggies to lock horns—battle of red and orange. 

What’s going to be more fascinating is the innings in which the strong batting unit of RCB would be facing the proven SRH bowling department. 

Let’s dive into the predictions to feel the build-up of the clash.

Prediction on the top run-scorer

Since the IPL management is trying to manage many matches at the three venues, they have decided to go with some grass on top of the wickets. This is to reduce the tiredness of the pitches. Consequently, this process is directly going to reflect on the early matches. Based on the grass top, the Australian batters who are good with fast and spin bowling are David Warner and Aaron Finch. And they stand as our predictions for top run-scorers in the first match of their campaign. 

Especially Aaron Finch, who is going to wear bold red this time, is getting into this tournament with the environment surrounded by the best in the business of batting. Which, in turn, automatically puts Aaron Finch as a favorite batter to score top runs in the first match of RCB. 

A tough competitor for RCB’s Finch would be his Australian opening partner David Warner, but this time as an opponent. Basically, Warner is excellent against the spinners, as RCB possess the leg spinners as their key in bowling, the left-handed David Warner won’t find trouble in tackling them. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

Even though the monstrous Rashid Khan is present at the SRH squad, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar might have a go with the new ball if he gets on a roll. The UP born bowler is in the urge to prove to be back on the white side. The most important thing about him is that he is a great learner, which helps him adapt to conditions so quickly. 

The red team will have Yuzvendra Chahal as a frak who will accumulate wickets as usual. The more significant dimension if Dubai ground will be the best suit for a leg spinner who loves to bowl loopy deliveries with intense passion. A natural wicket-taker who can be handy with the variations. Again the majority of right-handers in the SRH will favor the wrist-spinner of RCB, who has a skipper who loves supporting the attacking version of Yuzvendra Chahal.

Prediction on Who will win the match?

Speaking of batting, RCB is a few steps ahead of SRH. David Warner’s orange team possesses an excellent top order that can turn around the table, but the middle order is not as strong as RCB’s. The Virat Kohli led RCB looks violent with the presence of Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, and Moeen Ali. With Devdutt Padikkal being the front runner of the opening partner of Aaron Finch, the Bangalore based team is mighty with the batting department.

Now comes the most exciting department, bowling. Comparatively, SRH possesses the proven bowling unit with which they grabbed the title of the 2016 edition. Rashid Khan and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar are holding the bowling unit with both their hands. But the rollicking debate of RCB’s death over bowling is set to come to an end with the new pickings for this season. They have Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, and Isuru Udana for the job. But still, this needs to work as a unit, and it can be found only when the combinations work together in the early matches. 

RCB ‘s strong batting unit puts them top in winning the match. As they have a decent bowling unit, they are felt as the favorites for this match against SRH. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Aaron Finch and Ab De Villiers are right on top of this competition. Both are exponents against spin. Especially, Finch has most of the chances to win the healthy competition between these two RCB batters because of the slot he comes in. Aaron Finch walking in first, bats with only two fielders outside the ring for the initial six overs would give him chance his arms without any difficulties. 

Above all, the Australian skipper techniques to hit brutal sixes make him an automatic choice for this. He has just crushed Jofra Archer in the English soil, where the Windies born England bowler clicks north of 90 mph with the new ball. This acts as a hint of how much he is ready to face the pacers. Speaking of batting against spin, the hulky Aussie batter has the lofted strokes which come under his own formula. 

ABD needs to face Rashid Khan during the early stage of his innings. That puts ABD’s wicket under a little risk. Other than that, there is no other reason to stop ABD from hitting the most number of sixes in the match. 

Prediction on Man of the match:

Chris Morris has the chance to attain this award. Being an all-rounder, his role will have a significant impact on RCB’s result. In batting, his role will act as the core for RCB. Coming in at 5 or 6, he will be provided with the situation to slog as far as possible. This might be the right role for Chris Morris. 

He can act as a third pacer for the team with the ball, which balances the team properly. The only thing to consider is his fitness level. If he comes over it, then its the best thing the Bangalore based team could ask for. 

To sum up

On the whole, with greater bench strength in batting and a decent bowling unit, puts RCB’s head higher than that of SunRisers Hyderabad. The thing that RCB usually lacks is the early wins in the tournament. Hopefully, they could break that this time with a much better team of them.

Match 2: KXIP vs. DC: Predictions

The excitement gets even better as all the teams of this edition are felt to be equally strong. With few additions to the Delhi side, they look fresh this time. As Punjab was always unpredictable, this time, the responsible skipper KL makes it look like consistent performers. 

With these two teams about to lock horns after so much of wait for cricket, nothing gets even better for every ardent cricket fan. 

This time we got into predictions, which might help in betting. It can guide betters, and the projections are based on cricketing terms and techniques. So let’s dive into the predictions. 

Prediction on the top run-scorer

KL Rahul from Kings XI Punjab and Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals. The reason behind this guessing is their bolstering batting against the spin. The skippers of both the teams come in at the right time to score. KL Rahul will open for the Punjab based team while Shreyas will come in at two-drop for Delhi Capitals.

Among these two stellar batters, Shreyas has higher opportunities to score more, as Punjab’s spin bowling isn’t that good as Delhi Capitals’ as they possess Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, and Sandeep Lamichhane. Which, in turn, will have all the abilities to cut down the run-scoring elements from KL Rahul. But the Karnataka born batter is far superior to what we think can restrict him. He knows the nooks and corners to score runs, and it is believed that he can do it against the top-class spinners. Being a powerful spin hitter, Shreyas Iyer stands higher with the chance to score more runs in the second match of the 2020 edition. 

Prediction on top wicket-taker

The Indian pacer in KXIP, Mohammed Shami, will have his deliveries speak at any wicket. Even the feather belt pitches will feel the seam of his deliveries nod concerning his upright release. With the six month hiatus, the Amroha born fast bowler might be ready to roar with his full potential, which in turn makes him the favorite to pick up more wickets in the game between Delhi and Punjab. Since Delhi’s top order is filled with Indian batsmen, Shami knows th well as he could have bowled for them more in the Indian camp. 

The leg spinner Amit Mishra might give a tough competition to Mohammed Shami in terms of wicket-taking competition in the other team. The experienced leg spinner bowls all the essential variations to bemuse the opponent batsmen in the middle. As KXIP’s middle order is the majority of right-handers, the Delhi bowler will have his wrist do more work to spin the ball harder. 

Prediction on Who will win the match?

On weighing both teams’ top order, KXIP looks deadly aggressive. With KL and Chris Gayle at the top, they look very strong for the powerplay overs. Even though they have this Indian top order in Delhi, they have to rely on Rishabh Pant to make big innings. On comparing the middle order batting, Delhi has the upper hand as they will have Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, and Ajinkya Rahane. It is a mix of brutal hitting and experience. On the whole, batting looks better balanced for Delhi Capitals. 

In the bowling department, Delhi Capitals has a well-versed spin department, which involves Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, and Sandeep Lamichhane. And in the pace zone, Delhi has Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharm, and Marcus Stoinis. It looks strong and comfortable. 

But KXIP needs to go with Murugan Ashwin and Mujeeb ur Rahman. One is not consistent, and one was struggling in the last season. Ravi Bishnoi, India’s young sensation, is in the list, but can he be as effective as the spinners of Delhi? Coming to the fast bowlers,  except Mohammed Shami, there isn’t any strong figure to keep the attack tight. 

Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:

Shreyas Iyer, the skipper being a big hitter of spin bowlers, has the majority of chances to go for most sixes. The skipper of Delhi has this effective lofted drives over the long-on and mid-wicket region with ease. Addedly he is also fluent with the offside lofted shots, which convinces that he has the most of the chance to be the most number of sixes under his name. 

We should not forget the Gayle storm and (Maxi)mum on this list. But can they bring back the magic?  If Gayle gets on a roll, there is surely no doubt that he will be the one to score the most number of sixes. But the bowling attack from the opposite team looks stronger this time. Will Gayle be able to do it against the top class bowlers at this time of his career? Well, that brings doubt. And about Maxwell, he loves fours too; even if he gets the touch on the pitch, there will be more four than the sixes.

Prediction on Man of the match:

Marcus Stoinis has all the ability to be at the top of the list to get the prestigious name. His three-dimensional skill puts him tall among all. As he had played some valuable games for Australia, his cricketing muscles would have got ready for those match-winning performances with both the bat and the ball.

Shreyas Iyer gets in this list very easily with his magnificent skillset and his urge to prove an Indian regular batter. The exposure he has obtained will make sure that he uses the UAE conditions at an utmost level, and this new form of rusty cricket from the players makes his head higher, as he is strong with the techniques. 

To sum up 

On the whole, with so much of balance in all three departments and the coaching brain of Ricky Ponting makes Delhi Capitals the favorites for their first match of this 2020 Dream 11 IPL.

Predictions on Top 5 Emerging Players in the IPL 2020

Recognizing the real talent and awarding them with grand gestures is the right way to build India’s young talents. IPL, which is the biggest domestic tournament in the world, has never missed doing this procedure. Right from 2008, when the mighty tournament was launched, this had been happening, and luckily Indian cricket team is getting a significant benefit in identifying the real competitors for the international level. 

As the value involved in this award is higher, the competition to attain this title also gets higher and higher every season. 

Criteria to win Emerging Players Award in IPL

The criteria to select such talents has a method to it:

  • The Player must be born on 1st April or after 1993 (till 2019. The new criteria haven’t been released yet)
  • The Player must have played 5 or fewer Test matches or 20 or fewer ODIs
  • The Player must have played 25 or less IPL matches
  • The Player should have never won the award in the past.

As usual, this 2020 IPL edition is also filled with a group of young emerging Cricketers who want their names to be etched on the prestigious list. The competition is even higher this time. Let us look at five players who might put their hands up for the Emerging Player award this season.

1.Devdutt Padikkal 

The manner in which Devdutt Padikkal performed in the previous domestic season makes his name more sensational in RCB. He was the top scorer in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019 for Karnataka. With 609 runs in the11 matches, he played for Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare showcased exponential ability. The Kerala born Karnataka batter has all the sound abilities to ignite the powerplay overs and even to continue till the end. 

Addedly he got the spot in India A team last year, which might have boosted his confidence. 

It is an excellent opportunity for the youngster to prove to the Indian skipper who will travel so close with him for the next two months. If it goes well, Padikal will be in a different space in the near future. 

Given his recent form, he is the one to watch out for and stake a claim for the Emerging talent award.

2.Yashasvi Jaiswal (RR)

There is always something special about Mumbai cricketers. It all started with the great Sunil Gavaskar, then came the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, and currently, the hitman Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai batters have a special theory in the way of batting, which is yet to be discovered. 

With Prithvi Shah of Mumbai taking up the legacy of Mumbai batters with his extreme talent, Yashasvi Jaiswal of Mumbai has come up to do the Mumbai batter role for India. With his extraordinary performances in the under 19 world cup for India, he also became the highest scorer in the recently concluded U19 World cup. He would be plying his trade for Rajasthan Royals in 2020.

Apart from being an explosive batsman, he also bowls leg-spin, which adds to his CV to be considered in the 11. Given a chance to play all the matches, he would be one of the prime contenders to hold the award.

3. Prithvi Shaw (DC)

The image of Prithvi Shah is getting bigger and bigger. But still, he needs to deliver it from his side. By often getting into the crossfires, Prithvi has now been pushed to a place where he is urged to do well with his bat. Apart from other disapprovals over him, Prithvi plays for Delhi Capitals and qualifies to be in contention for the emerging Player award. He was in top form after his return to cricket from the ban.

The ace opener of Delhi capital has had enough experience in the IPL, and this might be his year to explore his real power in batting. His modern times on the rise shots give him a special place among the best in this business. With his dasher type batting accompanied by his brilliance and fearless stroke-play, this would be his last chance to win the Emerging player award, and he would surely want to make this year his own.

4.Ravi Bishnoi (KXIP)

Ravi Bishnoi is the new Indian sensation with unplayable googlies. The 20-year-old Ravi Bishnoi from Rajasthan is one to look out for, as the leg spinners are having a great time in this shortest format of the game. With right-handed batsmen occupying most of the batting order, this young wrist bowler might be the key for Kings XI Punjab. The braveness filled Ravi Bishnoi had been a great name in under 19 tournaments, but in the bigger stage, he needs to up his game with adding few more variations in his bowling. 

Bishnoi was the highest wicket-taker in the last U19 Cricket world cup. Without a much-experienced spin attack, Anil Kumble, the head coach of KXIP, might have to turn his head towards this naive bowler, which could land the Rajasthan leggie with enough opportunities to showcase his skills at the biggest stage. Undoubtedly, Ravi Bishnoi could be one of the promising candidates for the emerging player award.

5.Riyan Parag (RR)

Riyan Parag is the youngest cricketer to score a 50 in IPL history. Even the mighty Steve Smith was awestruck with the way this young gun of Rajasthan Royals was approaching the game. Riyan did his reputation no harm in 2019 by scoring some crucial runs and claiming a couple of wickets for Rajasthan Royals. Getting into the bigger stage of cricket by coming from Assam is a rare thing to witness for us, the Indian fans. His run making ability, seen in the Vijay Hazare trophy for Assam in 2018-19, acted as a key to pick him in the Rajasthan based franchise in the IPL of 2019.

If he steps up to be the all-rounder and deliver the goods for his team, this 2020 edition of IPL could indeed be in favour of Riyan. With the IPL scheduled in UAE, his bowling would add to his chances of staking a claim for the Emerging player award.

The Proteas superstar AB De Villiers, who is very well known for his batting all around the park, feels that the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp environment is more special this time in UAE.

“I won’t say we have got the best team, there is a different feel, there is a fresh feel in the team that I can’t explain but it is very exciting. Obviously, looking at the combinations, there is back-up everywhere. We have options to go to,” he told RCB TV.

RCB lacks death over bowling for a long time. In order to overcome the trouble, this time, they have Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, and Isuru Uraudana to accomplish the challenging task. Along with this overseas gang, RCB has also bought Kane Richardson from Australia, but unfortunately, the pacer couldn’t make it into this edition as he got some personal issues in his side. 

To bolster the batting order, even more, the Bangalore based team has bought the mighty Australian skipper Aaron Finch. We all know what he could bring on to the table when he gets on a roll. Furthermore, Joshua Phillippe from Australia, a wicket-keeper batter, has also been roped into the squad. 

Above all, RCB has this core strength in the middle order with Moeen Ali, Chris Morris, and Shivam Dube. This is the best thing that ever happened to balance the batting of RCB. 

The most exciting retainment is Devdutt Padikkal. The young gun from the Karnataka team. He is well versed in this format, and his new techniques might give RCB a different image in this edition of IPL. 

With roping in Adam Zampa, the spinners category is also filled with talents such as Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, and Moeen Ali. 

This is the first time RCB looks so balanced. Even the skipper, Virat Kohli, feels the same. 

ABD also praises the RCB captain, Virat Kohli, “We have a really, really good work ethic. Not saying it was different in the past, but everyone seems to be brought into the hardworking environment. And a lot of credit has to go to Virat. He leads by example. He sets the standards. It is pretty easy to follow a captain when a captain is leading from the front. “

Virat Kohli’s fitness level sets the milestone for the teammates to catch up. Virat Kohli entirely changes the Indian team’s fitness expectations. And it has been so with RCB now.

5 Players who could win the Most Valuable Player Award in IPL 2020

IPL has become the toughest league in the world. With its quality of players and coaching brains that involve, IPL sets a huge name for itself. With the luxurious facilities from the management and the reach a player would get from IPL, the contract in this tournament becomes a dream for many cricketers. However, performing in IPL isn’t as easy as everyone thinks; the standards of IPL are very high, and it requires a player with immense skills to perform in such a difficult stage. The player who stands tall among the bests throughout the tournament wins the “MVP” award of the season.

MVP is not an easy thing. It requires a hell lot of brawn and brains. Most importantly, a player needs consistency to be in the MVP list. 

Let’s have a look at 5 such players who could win the MVP award of this IPL 2020

1) KL Rahul

KL Rahul is the next big thing in India. He is creeping on his way towards the best in the T20 business. KL Rahul has been a pillar for the Indian team of late. His T20I, as well as T20 record, is peaking high at present. Furthermore, IPL gives him extra space to showcase the wide talent he possesses. The Karnataka born batter has been one of the best players in the IPL for the last two seasons. And it is the right time to witness his entertaining batting as we are in a desperate mode to see such kind of cricket activities. 

KL Rahul had a brilliant last two seasons scoring 659 and 593 runs in 2018 and 2019 editions. Overall, he has a decent average of 42 and a strike rate of 138. 

So far, he has carried KXIP in the previous two editions of the league, and there’s no reason why he can’t win the MVP award this time around.

2) Andre Russell

Andre Russell knocks the MVP door so hard with his brutal batting. The Jamaican has been one of the best T20 cricketers for quite a while now. True IPL followers wouldn’t be surprised at seeing Andre Russell’s name over here. The all-rounder from Windies won the MVP award last season, and there’s absolutely no reason why he can’t do the magic again. The Indian soil and Russell have become a separate love story, and that is because of the way he goes hard with his sword. 

Especially, the last IPL edition was a better reap for him. With 510 runs in 2019 alone, he averaged 56.66 with 4 half-centuries. It was a feast to witness the Jamaican’s flow. On the whole, he has an average of 33 and a tremendous strike rate of 186. 

Addedly, he is a decent seamer as well. With the ball, he has scalped 55 wickets in IPL so far. Like every year, Russell is KKR’s best player going into IPL 2020, and the KKR fans would hope that he can repeat his IPL 2019 heroics.

3) Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer’s extreme pace and deadly variation make him a tough customer for the batters on the pitch. Some people wouldn’t have expected Archer to make this list, but if you’ve seen him bowl, you would know why his inclusion in this list. Archer has been one of the best T20 bowlers going around. Even the best batters of T20 and the Tests have failed to get the better of him in the recent past.

Having played only two seasons of IPL, Archer has taken 26 wickets at an economy of 7.5 despite bowling regularly at the death. An extra point that has to be added on his skillset is his pinch-hitting ability. Any captain would love that contribution coming up from a bowler in the lower order. 

Being a fast bowler in the sluggish UAE wickets, his role is a little tougher than the last two IPL editions. But still, he has the ability to prove his skill in any situation. Let’s wait and watch. 

4) Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya is a different player now. Thanks to the IPL for making the Indian all-rounder such a dashing batter. IPL has given him the freedom to explode as per his wish. Initially, he was a powerful spin hitter, and now with more exposure to international qualities, he has become a nightmare for fast bowlers too. Hardik Pandya is a great example of what IPL can do to a batter. Consequently, he has been India’s best all-rounder in the shortest format of the game for quite some time now. His muscle power is of a completely different level as he could hit the big shots for fun. 

With his penultimate over cameos with the bat, Hardik managed to make 402 in the last season, which effectively added up to 1068 runs in his IPL career. With the ball, he has managed 42 wickets, and he has this habit of scalping the main wickets of opponents, which needs to be mentioned in special. 

He has been one of MI’s best players in the last few editions of the league. He plays the role of precious wicket-taker in MI, and the special thing to mention about him is his athletic fielding skills. On the whole, he’s a complete package. Therefore, without any doubt, Hardik has a good chance of winning the MVP award this time around.

5) Sunil Narine

The third all-rounder who is making into this list is Sunil Narine. He has been one of KKR’s best players over the years. Despite playing as a proper spinner in the initial seasons, he now sees himself in the all-rounder category with his pinch-hitting ability, that too at the top of the order. He has been promoted and has played the role of a pinch hitter to perfection.

Apart from that, he has also been a fantastic bowler for KKR over the years. His tight bowling has kept the opposition batsman quiet more often than not. With these proven qualities of himself, he has already won the MVP award in 2012 and 2018.

The IPL edition of 2018 played a huge role in his batting. He scored 357 runs in that season alone, which is more than his coaching brains expected. And with the ball, the mystery spinner has scalped 122 wickets in IPL. And with his current form, he adds his name in the list effectively. 

To sum up

Franchises are expecting the MVP from their side as it would greatly impact the team’s performance. As cricket is getting evolved, the demand for MVPs are also getting higher. Let’s see what the six-month wait and frustration does for the best in the business in this IPL season. 

Ruturaj Gaikwad is not Available for the First Match of IPL

Ruturaj Gaikwad of the Chennai Super Kings squad won’t be available for the tournament opener between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians on September 19. The Indian A team’s top order batter has completed his two weeks of quarantine, but he still needs ro go through two COVID tests to join his CSK camp.

“We are waiting for BCCI to give us clearance on Gaikwad. He has to undergo the fitness tests (as well).” Kasi Viswanathan, Chennai Super Kings’ chief executive officer, told ESPNcricinfo.

It has been nearly a month since the IPL teams have reached the UAE to get adapted to the conditions. The Chennai based team had a significant setback by having 13 members, which includes 2 players and 11 staff members, tested positive for the deadly virus. As the Chennai team was forced to have an extended quarantine period, the team got back to its practice after all the other teams started practicing in UAE.

After two weeks of isolation, Deepak Chahar, who was tested positive earlier, tested negative and got back to the squad. To CSK’s most crucial relief, the 11 staff members of CSK also got tested negative for COVID -19, and they got along with the management.

CSK was waiting for the young batter from Karnataka, Ruturaj Gaikwad, as Suresh Raina opted out of this tournament. It is said that Ruturaj might be the replacement for the one drop position. Interestingly, Ruturaj has scored a significant number of 843 runs in 15 innings, which is the most by any batter in Indian List A cricket. As he made the effective rums at No. 3 slot for India A, Ruturaj is a like for like replacement for Raina.

As it was expected that Ruturaj Gaikwad would be back to the camp before selecting the first match, now this confirmation regarding his unavailability for the first match creates a significant question mark for the journey of the young Maharashtra born batter.

“Ruturaj will undergo two tests as per protocol, today and tomorrow. If he tests negative, he will be back in the team hotel bubble. The other staff members have tested negative and are now back to normal. They are back in the team bubble.” CSK CEO KS Viswanathan.

Furthermore, Ruturaj needs to come over a cardiovascular test to join the team as per the BCCI’s protocol.

Since the authorities haven’t given any word about England and Australian players’ quarantine regulation, if CSK misses out Sam Curran and Josh Hazlewood for the first match, it will be another setback for the yellow army. So CSK has to think optimistically to overcome the hurdles kept in front of them.

CSK is the only team that is going through tough times regarding the players’ availability. The ardent fans of CSK are not feeling well as the news coming from the camp is not so good for the team. But there is one hope for everyone – MSD. The master tactician might have planned well for the replacements. With his name shining brightly in the squad, CSK is still among the favorites of this IPL edition.

Top 5 Contenders for the Most Number of 4s in IPL 2020

T20 is not entirely dependent on the entertaining sixes; interestingly, the fours that go through the ground also excite the viewers. The applause from the spectators when the batter picks the gap with his smartness is always irreplaceable.

Especially in the IPL, there is a certain competition going on between quality players. That is the number of boundaries that the individuals make. Great names such as Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan, and many have been in this competition for a long time. With a heavy competency of six-hitting in this colorful format on one side, these four runs keep cricket still attached with old traditions of cricket.

Here, in this article, we have listed the players who might be the top boundaries scorer of this IPL edition in UAE.

Virat Kohli

The Indian skipper never misses being a top contestant for this competition. Even though Virat Kohli has become an exponent of six-hitting, his ways of picking the gaps to reach the boundaries are his identity. He has got this habit of scoring boundaries then and there to keep the scoreboard ticking. As it doesn’t involve much risk factors, the RCB skipper loves doing it with his sound techniques.

Almost 2000 runs in his 5412 IPL runs came out of boundaries. And the Delhi born batter never misses making effective boundaries even if he is not in good touch with the game.

King Kohli makes himself comfortable in whatever venue he is supposed to play. So the traditional belter pitches of UAE might be an easy go for the skipper. With strong technique against the spinners, Kohli is now the most expected batters of this IPL 2020.

Jos Buttler

The English opener is a great user of the powerplay restrictions. Coming in to open for Rajasthan Royals, he will obtain all the freedom to go with his own game. Considering his current form against Australia in English soil and his last IPL season form, he is said to have an extraordinary IPL season this time. The bottom hand player has become more flexible with his top handed shots too. This, in turn, makes him even more violent with the new ball. Addedly, his post power play batting is also impressive and seems strong. And that’s how he came into this substantial list of batters who can make the most number of fours in this Dream 11 IPL in UAE.

So far, he has made 140 boundaries in 45 matches he played in IPL. With the strike rate of 150.82, Jos Buttler has been excellent in scoring consistently.

Spin is the only element that might trouble Jos Buttler, especially leg spinners. Albeit, the slogger sweeps come in need of fashion from Jos. So it’s time for Jos to upgrade his batting against spinners.

David Warner

The aggressive left-handed opener of Australia seems even more responsible when he gets in the orange jersey in IPL. Facing the first ball for his team, Warner has gone through their team’s twenty overs quota many times. So he has the clear picture of how to groom a complete T20 innings. In itself, the fours are the safer bet for the Aussie batter. He has used his power along with his unique techniques to bring out many productive runs.

Out of 4706 of his IPL runs 1832 runs came in his precious ways of making boundaries. Most importantly, it has helped him to go on to get settled on a wicket. Currently, David Warner stands in the fifth spot scoring 458 IPL fours, next to Virat Kohli, who has secured 480.

Being a brutal spin hitter and good fastball batter, David Warner is the most challenging customer for any bowler to bowl. And the scenario stays still even in this IPL edition.

Manish Pandey

Manish Pandey wasn’t in great form for a long time. But his numbers in IPL and his sound techniques stand aside him, making him a good middle-order batter for SRH. The SRH management has a massive belief in Manish, and that was seen through their buy of Manish Pandey for a whopping amount of 11 crores in 2018. They are preparing him to be the next big thing for SRH, as a brand, as an identity in batting.

Speaking of his batting, he has a great technique, and there is no doubt about it. Being on the Indian T20 side, Manish needs some push in his innings, and he firmly believes that this edition of IPL will provide it. He had been a match-winner when he played for RCB, and that is what SRH is expecting from him.

From the six month break of cricket, Manish Pandey might be ready to right the wrong. When he gets on a roll, boundaries are what he prefers. So far, he has made 253 fours in the process of producing 2843 IPL runs.

Faf Du Plessis

With Suresh Raina missing out from the CSK batting order, Faf Du Plessis gets considerable responsibility at the top of the order. Since Shane Watson is in the opening list, Faf Du Plessis’ slot is a bit confusing. He can either be an opener or a one drop. No matter where he gets into bat, the Proteas skipper has all the ability to pull an innings till the end. Not so aggressive, but plays the anchoring role most effectively. Du Plessis needs to improve his striking rate, but he is so fluent with the boundaries. He runs quickly and picks the gaps easily. This makes him a good boundary maker.

The South African has scored 163 boundaries in 71 matches. And the boundaries are the major push that keeps him ticking.

The UAE conditions seem like a good suit for Faf. He has got this T20 spin hitting ability. And there are no questions to raise on his tackling of fast bowlers, as the South African is so good at it.

To wrap up

With long boundaries in Dubai, the fours are what the batters in the top order would be planning to do. As the outfields are quick enough in UAE, we are about to witness many boundaries in this season of IPL, more than the other IPL editions.

Predictions on Players who can hit Most Numbers of Sixes in IPL 2020

Sixes are the most important element in T20 cricket which brought in more viewers. It looks so easy when we see it on the television, but it requires a hell lot of brains and brawn to execute the boundary over the rope properly. 

There are so many debates which speak about heavy bats, flat wickets and shorter boundaries. But that doesn’t mean six-hitting is simple. The perfect calculation is must as the process involves bigger chances of getting out. So the skill set is equivalent to that of one who defends his wicket in Test cricket. 

IPL, which is known for its wide range of entertainment, has this sixes over the roofs as one of its identity. The list of batters with the most number of six hitters in IPL has been changing for every season. It shows the competition involved in this game. So, based on their current form and the opportunities they might get with their batting order we have enlisted top five contenders who can hit the most number of sixes of this edition. 

Chris Gayle

The Universal boss is all set to bring back his glory after six months of no cricket. He hasn’t even played Caribbean Premier League due to some reasons and has travelled directly to UAE to join his Kings XI Punjab camp. Much is expected from this gigantic Jamaican from the Punjab side. Anil Kumble, the head coach of the Punjab based franchise has recently expressed that Chris Gayle’s experience would be used to its utmost level and also it would be used to guide the youngsters in the team. 

The hulky opening batter from Windies is primarily known for his six-hitting ability. His effortless transformation of power could sail the ball over the roof of the stadium, and it has a separate fan base—a solid cricketing muscle which doesn’t even bother taking on the pacers. 

Chris Gayle, who is a Sachin Tendulkar of T20 format, has got terrific runs in his kit. The only who has crossed the 10000 run mark in T20 cricket has smashed about 326 sixes in IPL alone. One can’t look over Chris Gayle in this prediction. 

Rohit Sharma

The perfect timer of a cricket ball is cat pawing for the fluency that he often obtains in the international stages. Mumbai Indians camp has set the best platform for Rohit to outshine as a skipper but in case of batting Rohit adds more pressure in himself. Once he is out of the burden that is kept on his shoulders, MI will witness the mighty domination with their top order. Rohit Sharma is a kind of player who takes time to settle in the ODI formats. Even in international T20s, Rohit finds it easy to go hard from the second or third overs. The responsibility of a batter speaks by then. 

The Mumbai born cricketer has excellent timing skill which doesn’t even need power generation. As middling the ball has become a comfortable routine for this opening batter, his settled appearance on a pitch may cause debris flying all over the field. One cannot go for 264 runs in an ODI match unless he possesses the shots all over the park. So the IPL is waiting to witness Rohit Sharma with full flow. 

Rohit Sharma is currently at the fourth position in the most number of sixes in IPL albeit the tournament hadn’t been his white area. 

Hardik Pandya

The new generation brutal hitter, that’s how we can call him. He has got the violent bat swing along with the perfect middling of the ball. Whenever this combination is achieved, we can witness the ball flying to the moon. Perfect entertainer of the game. Has done wonders in the middle. Has the constant habit of touching the skyrocketing required run rate with his exceptional six-hitting ability. 

Earlier he was a spin power hitter. With fast bowling, he needed more comfortability in the bat swing. But the Pandya who played in the last two years was completely brutal. He knows when to swing the bat and how to swing, no matter what the pace is. This learning of facing the fast bowlers has made him even more trouble maker for the bowling side. 

With 29 sixes in the last season alone, Hardik Pandya has smashed about 68 sixes in his IPL career. And he locks himself as one of the favorites for this season’s most number of six hitters. 

Andre Russell

Andre Russell is one of the powerful hitters of the cricket ball currently in the international stage. The West Indian is a great athlete with more than impressive flexibility, and that makes him a deadly batter. The boundary ropes are not his target, sending the ball out of the park is his primary mission. Moreover, that helped him to hit monstrous sixes. If it is bowled in his arc then there is no use for the bowler to worry about it, the ball will have its travel. 

Andre Russell has a powerful bat flow that can even send the greatest of the restricting deliveries beyond the boundary. The most prominent striker of the ball is fond of the mid-wicket region to go over the roof. Especially his slogger sweep with magnificent bat swing is a delight for the eyes. 

In the last season, Andre Russell has bashed 52 sixes in just 14 matches he played in the IPL 2019. As he got back his divine touch with his game again in CPL, Russell steps in as a violent hitter in this IPL

AB de Villiers

Undoubtedly this Proteas batter is the one who has the most number of six-hitting shots in cricket. He goes all over the park with his unique shot-making. Finds the ball bigger and that’s what makes him do aerobics to push the ball beyond the boundary rope. It is possible because he is so quick to move hither and thither. In addition, he has got the inborn reflexes that help him to tackle the ball without any pressure.

The amount of bat and energy he involves when he smashes the ball straight down the ground, followed with the completion of shots behind the shoulder is something otherworldly. Any opponent team captain will find it difficult to set fields for this South African. The smart cricketer easily adapts to the different field set up planned for him and that makes him lethal with the bat. 

ABD places himself second in the most number of sixes in IPL, next to his ex-teammate Chris Gayle. 

To sum up

Range hitting is what the batters of modern times used to practice. As a consequence of this type of practice, the six-hitting makes it more entertaining. There is no doubt that this IPL edition will be more engaging than the previous season. It is the routine for IPL to surpass the quality of its previous season. 

Top 5 Contenders for Purple cap in IPL 2020

As the Indian Premier League is stepping into its 13th edition, the tournament with 12 years of history made outstanding benchmarks. 

The records made in IPL are something special because of the quality it possesses. The interesting fact about them is that the record set by a player cannot last long as there are many qualified contestants to break it in the following seasons.

All three departments get high-quality competency. The most important among them is bowling. Bowling is the most difficult task to do in modern times of cricket. Especially wicket-taking takes the fuel out of the bowlers. Wicket taking job reduces the effective runs of the opponents. 

So we thought it would be exciting to list the predictable contestants to do the tough job of picking the wickets in IPL. Let’s dive into the article to know about the best five bowlers who are the favorites of picking more wickets in this Dream11 IPL 2020.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal is all about braveness. His consistency in producing the loopy deliveries might create better wicket-taking opportunities like it has always been. Most importantly, the Indian leggie knows well about the wicket-taking concept. Has a decent googly delivery along with the most effective flipper. 

Even though RCB lacks the strength in bowling for a long time, the Haryana born spinner has made a great contribution to the red team till now. Most impactful bowler for RCB with his regular wicket-taking habit. So far, Chahal has scalped 101 wickets in IPL with the strike rate of 17.69 and averaging 22.95.

The young leggie didn’t get much chance when the IPL was held at UAE last time. As of now, with his upped bowling, the Haryana spinner might be a favorite to pick the purple cap as the conditions of UAE favors the spin bowling a lot. 

Sam Curran

Sam Curran, who has now become the front runner of the CSK pace attack, has a different bowling style compared to other left-arm pacers. The angle he could bring in might disturb the batters who prefer to slog as hard as possible. Being in the Chennai based team boost him even more, as the coaching brains and the man who stands behind the wicket for the team would guide the young English fast bowler in the right way. 

Bowling wise, Sam Curran had an average IPL last year. He managed to grab only 10 wickets in the 9 games he played. And also, the English cricketer has played only 5 T20 international matches. So this is the right time for the young Curran to showcase his shorter format skills. 

Since he has to open with Deepak Chahar, the bowling combination looks healthy. Both can swing the ball in their own style, which might result in fetching more wickets to his name. As Curran seems tougher than Chahal with the angle he could bring in, he is one among the bowlers who can pick the most number of wickets in this edition of IPL, if he plays continuously. 

Amit Mishra

The experience with the wrist spoke a lot in the IPL. And this edition won’t be an exemption to it. The Indian spinner has greater exposure, played in all three formats with creating so much impact. The second leading wicket-taker had reached the rare feet of picking hat tricks in IPL thrice. The consistent performer with the ball has got the perfect revolution with the seam, making him bemuse the batters. 

The Delhi born leg spinner has scalped about 157 in 147 matches at an average of 24.20 with the strike rate of 19.75.

Since the Delhi based team is strong with their spin attack, the front runner leg spinner will get quality assistance from Ravichandran Ashwin. As it will be worn pitches in UAE since it consists of only three venues, the sheens and cracks that may develop on the pitches will favor the Indian leg spinner. 

Pat Cummins

The highest buy of the season might be looking for the chance to prove his worth. The limelight is fully on the hulky Australian fast bowler, but as a mindful cricketer, he knows how to overcome the burden kept on his shoulder. The injury-prone Cummins remained marooned for five years after his debut Test to play his second Test match. Five years of patience, frustration, resilience, and the attitude to never give up, led the Australian travel in a race car to the No.1 Test bowler spot. Now, this is the right time for him to prove his skillset and determination in this format of flying colors. 

The year 2017 in IPL was the best yield for the lethal fast bowler. He was able to pick up 15 wickets in 12 matches he played for Delhi Capitals. 

The belter-wickets of UAE have all the elements to challenge the pacer, but the tough fighter will have his steaming deliveries to bolster his wicket-taking options higher. 

Imran Tahir

Plenty of variations, and what’s more fascinating than that is the execution part. He does it so easily. With the presence of Dhoni behind the stumps, Imran Tahir will be completely at the utmost level of confidence. Imran Tahir makes the better use of his wrist, which makes it difficult to find the wrong’ uns bowled by him. 

He has so far garnered 79 wickets with a great average of 20.39, having the strike rate of 15.32.

The purple cap holder of last time is still found to be in good touch. With his wicket-taking skills are peaking high as he gets more experience, he is a definite plus for CSK. Therefore, he will be playing all the matches for CSK if he doesn’t face any injury or discomfort due to the UAE’s hot conditions. Other than that, the UAE is the best field for him to yield well. 

The listed players are sure shot front runners for their roles in their franchise. They might be playing every single match of their team because of their extreme ability in wicket-taking. 

Top 5 Contenders for Orange Cap

Indian Premier League has never missed increasing the demand from the players, be it batting or bowling. One needs to be at their utmost touch to compete better with others in this particular tournament.

Even though we blame the flat wickets, heavy bats, and smaller boundaries in T20 for changing the face of the game, this procedure is hugely bringing the cricket tolerators back into the game.

Albeit we speak about equality in cricket, batsmen have always felt the edge over the bowlers in all the formats. And IPL is no exemption.

We find it more exciting to predict the top five contenders of the orange cap in this edition of IPL. So let’s dive into the story of the five batters.

David Warner

David Warner has donned the most number of orange caps in IPL. The dasher- type opening batsman from Australia, has been an exponent of IPL in his last five seasons. I never failed to go above the average mark in every season. With his contemporary touch with his game in England, the hulky Australian opener again comes into the tournament as one of the favorites to obtain the prestigious orange cap of IPL. Scoring runs is frivolous fun for the SRH skipper. Be it hitting mighty sixes above the roof or quick running between the wicket, he is exceptional in all.

Averaging 43.17 in 126 IPL matches, the brutal hitter is currently in the fourth spot in the list of most number of runs in IPL so far. He has made four gritty hundreds to his name in which every single hundred is entirely different from one another.

With getting the captainship once again, we could find more responsible Warner also on the field. Therefore, he is a sure bet for this competition of claiming the orange cap.

Virat Kohli

The skipper of the bold red Royal Challengers Bangalore can do wonders with his magnificent skillset. A pure mixture of mass and class. He has a great understanding of this tournament, and his game reading skill makes him even more special. Best at chasing. Loves pressure and excels in handling it.

Virat Kohli is the top run-scorer of IPL currently. Scored 5412 at an average of 37.85, the Delhi born batter has made 5 centuries so far in IPL. Especially the four centuries he made during the 2016 edition speaks a lot about his staunch character. An otherworldly fuel is needed for any batter to surpass the contribution of Virat in the 2016 edition. Virat has scored 973 runs in that season alone with an average of a whopping 81.03. This is rare. You cannot find such accomplishment in numbers from a batter.

Even though Virat wasn’t in great touch in the last year’s IPL edition, he managed an astonishing century to his name. With the nearly seven month hiatus, the king Kohli must have his right eye on the record book.

Jos Buttler

The English batter has created a storm in the IPL field in the edition of 2018. Last year was a continuity of the storm, but Jos Buttler had to pack his bag to England camp, and that, in turn, has made Buttler play only eight matches in the 2019 IPL. Even in that scenario, the wicket keeper-batter garnered 311 runs with an average of 38.88 along with three half-centuries.

The world-beater Jos Buttler has been in terrific form this time, finishing off the second T20 game against Australia. His switch hits, reverse sweeps kind of innovative shots makes him a nightmare for the bowlers. 

Furthermore, the world cup champion has a remarkable ability to make use of the powerplay overs. Being at the top of the order, Jos would find a better vision of the game. Fortunately, the sluggish, traditionally slow pitches of UAE might not bother the English batter. So, once he gets on the roll, he will make everyone go wild with his entertaining batting and accumulation of runs.

KL Rahul

KL Rahul, the firebolt of the Indian team, is currently at the peak of his career. His intense passion for the game is paying off in a significant way now. He may well be the next cab off the rank in the Indian team. With the added responsibility of sporting the glove while fielding, the Karnataka-born cricketer has a great understanding of the pitch.

With the great last two years of IPL, the skipper of Kings XI Punjab has accumulated 1977 runs in IPL so far at a blistering average of 42.07.

KXIP needs the maximum bang of bucks at the top, since KL Rahul and Chris Gayle open for the Punjab based team, it ticks the box even brighter. With Gayle on the other end, KL can have a relaxed approach, fetching better output. So the possibility of KL to be a shining star is higher, making him a formidable contender.

Rohit Sharma

The White ball veteran hasn’t found the fluency in IPL till now. It’s because he puts his team first before himself. The concentration will be entirely on his side. Consequently, it has affected his batting. With so much understanding of his own game this time, Rohit Sharma can outwin the champs’ competition.

Albeit being an earth-shaking performer in IPL with the bat, the Mumbai born batter has garnered 4898 runs at an average of 31.60. Has made a significant impact with his 36 half-centuries in this tournament. And has got a century to his name, which came in 2012.

Being an ardent lover of batting, the hitman might be ready to roar after seven months of no cricket. Sustained runs from Rohit, in the beginning, would make him snowball his form in the midseason. So it requires a decent start for the hitman to do what we are expecting from him.

To sum up

These top five are the top order batters, which is an added plus for run making. No matter what the scenario is, they walk in earlier. So they have the largest chance to accumulate more runs, given their glorious skills and form.