5 IPL players who need to increase strike rate in T20 World Cup 2021
Few out-of-form IPL players will like to make an impression during the T20 World Cup.
Updated - Oct 13, 2021 11:29 am
The ICC T20 World Cup is about to begin on October 17 in Oman and UAE. This shortest format of the game is undoubtedly the most exciting as well as unpredictable. It is also heavily loaded in favor of the batters as reverse hits, unorthodox stroke play, and a fearless brand of cricket are predominantly seen. Over the past few years, with advent of heavier bats, the game has become heavily skewed in favor of the batters.
The bowlers are doing their bit to be as inventive by bowling knuckleballs, off cutters, and slower balls, but with more and more flat pitches, the batters are having relatively an easier time. So this year’s T20 World Cup also promises to deliver good scores. The grounds in UAE are also comparatively smaller than some other cricketing grounds, and this might make the batters attack from the onset.
During the ongoing IPL also, we saw few players like Glenn Maxwell, KL Rahul, and Faf du Plessis attack from word go, but few players also struggled to get off the blocks quickly. Players like Eoin Morgan, Virat Kohli got starts but to failed to convert it into something substantial. By scoring runs at a lower strike rate, these players put pressure on the remaining batters.
Here are few players from the IPL, who would want to increase their strike rate a bit during the T20 World Cup
1. Steve Smith
It is pretty strange to see Steve Smith’s name on this list but those who have followed him closely, especially in the white-ball formats, know that he likes to play the anchor role and then like to play his shots. Smith has been following this template for quite a few years and kind of plays the role of Joe Root for Australia in the ODIs and T20Is.
Sometimes this method pays off when the team loses three or four wickets early but at times it doesn’t because the team has got a brisk start and the incoming batter has to attack from the word go. During this year’s IPL while playing for Delhi Capitals (DC), Smith’s strike rate was just 112.59 in the eight games. He predominantly came in at number three and failed to play the big shots.
There is no doubting Smith’s class as a player and his contributions for Australia during crunch games, but the management as well the Smith himself would know how scoring briskly can put pressure onto the opposition.