IPL 2019: Things the bottom four teams could’ve done in hindsight
These teams were not the best tactically and they paid the price for the same.
Updated - May 8, 2019 4:09 pm
The league stage of the IPL has enthralled the cricket fans with its humdingers. With each passing season, the audience is witnessing the Pandora box of cricket, IPL which provides special gifts for them. The non-stop cricketing action from the last five weeks has been a roller-coaster ride. As the playoffs consist of three former champions the spectators are buckling up for another joyride.
All the eight teams made their presence felt with some jaw-dropping moments. The final four was decided on the last day of the league phase which explains why IPL is the best T20 league across the globe. The teams which failed to qualify for the playoffs also played some exciting cricket but they paid heavily for some small mistakes.
Here we look at the things which the eliminated teams could have done in hindsight :
1) Kolkata Knight Riders
The Dinesh Karthik-led side started the campaign with a dash but then failed to keep up with the pace of other teams. Their batting line-up struggled throughout the season, as only 3 batsmen accumulated over 300 runs in 14 games. Their fast-bowlers were conceding runs at a rate of 9.50. Even their premier spinners scalped only 24 wickets in 14 matches.
Andre Russell was having a gala time with the bat in hand as he scored 510 runs in the season, but he mostly came down the order to bat. KKR pushed Russell up the order when things became desperate and the result was 2 victories in 3 matches. Another thing which could have worked for them is Shubman Gill opening the innings throughout the season. The youngster scored 3 half-centuries while opening, and two of them became winning contributions.