IPL 2020: 5 Benched players who should get chances in the fifth week
Teams would like to do so without having to make a lot of radical changes.
Updated - Oct 18, 2020 9:26 pm
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is going in full flow, with interesting games every single day. While the top three teams- Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore- have asserted their dominance in the first four weeks of the tournament, the competition for the fourth place is getting more and more intriguing.
While it is the hallmark of a champion side to maintain consistency in the playing XI, it is essential to test one’s bench strength as well. Also, many established players have been warming the bench, while others are not performing as well as they would have liked.
In the second half of the league stage, the pitches are definitely slowing down. A lot of players in the reserves certainly deserve an opportunity to represent their team now. Teams would like to do so without having to make a lot of radical changes, as that might end up harming the overall morale of the team.
In the article, let’s take a look at five players, who should get chances in week five of IPL 2020: –
1. Moeen Ali (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
English all-rounder Moeen Ali has warmed the bench for the majority of the season. He played one match against Delhi Capitals, which Bangalore lost by a huge margin of 59 runs. Ali had figures of 1/21 in two overs and scored 11 runs off 13 deliveries. However, giving him just one match is certainly not doing justice to his abilities.
Moeen was one of RCB’s most crucial players in the 2019 IPL. He scored 220 runs in 10 innings at a strike-rate of 165.41. He also took six wickets at an economy rate of 6.76 after playing the majority of his matches at the M.A Chinnaswamy Stadium. He was an excellent asset in the middle-overs, considering he can really thrash the spinners and stem the flow of runs. This would solve RCB’s problems
RCB have persisted with Aaron Finch, AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, and Isuru Udana for the last four matches as their foreign core. However, Australian captain Finch has had a disappointing run with the bat, with just 205 runs in nine innings at a paltry strike-rate of 114.52.
Ali could come in for Finch, and Kohli can open the batting with Devdutt Padikkal. This would allow Moeen to come in at number four or five, which shall further strengthen the middle-order and reduce the pressure on Virat and AB.