IPL 2019: Weaknesses of four franchises qualified for the playoffs

IPL 2019: Weaknesses of four franchises qualified for the playoffs

Teams will have to ponder over these points before taking the field.

IPL 2018 BCCI Jammu and Kashmir
IPL trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

As expected, the playoffs race in IPL 2019 ended in a photo finish. The league stage will be remembered for a plethora of up-and-downs. From a position from where KKR could have easily been in the top two, they failed to qualify. On the other hand, SRH, who weren’t expected to do anything special after they had lost rhythm in the initial matches, succeeded in booking a playoff berth with just 12 points.

Delhi Capitals were finally able to break their jinx, to qualify for the first time since 2012. Amidst all this havoc, the two deserving teams succeeded in securing the top two spots and ensure that they get an extra chance to make it to the finals. CSK, as expected, continued their streak of qualifying every season. MI has also come to a step closer to continue their alternate winning streak. However, there have been a few problems in every team, which they need to fix.

Here we bring you the weakness of each team that has qualified for the playoffs:

1. Mumbai Indians – Inconsistent top three and 5th bowler issue

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians. (Photo: IANS)

A big concern for the blue brigade has been their top order. Quinton De Kock has been exceptional, but Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav haven’t racked up runs as expected. Both have scored just a solitary fifty each and failed to capitalize on their starts.

Due to this, the pressure has drastically fallen over Hardik Pandya and the lower middle-order. You expect Hardik to finish the games for you, not to score the bulks of runs. Although he has succeeded in doing it overshadowing the failure of the batting unit, it is certainly doesn’t help against the top teams in the playoffs.

Another problem has been the 5th bowler and Lasith Malinga’s inconsistency. Hardik Pandya has been doing the job of 5th bowler, but he has been very expensive. Although he has scalped 12 wickets the all-rounder needs to improve his economy, which is 9.69 at the moment. Malinga too has been inconsistent and has given away runs at an economy of 9.69.

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