IPL 2020: Rating all teams based on their performances in the first week

IPL 2020: Rating all teams based on their performances in the first week

We rate the teams according to their performance in the first week of the IPL 2020.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The first week of IPL has come to a close with some enthralling and intense cricket. We have witnessed some nail-biting cricket matches thanks to an equal presence of brilliance and mediocrity. All the teams seem to have certain things going for them while there are also a few chinks in most of their armours.

At this point, all the teams have played at least two games (except Rajasthan Royals which has played one) and while it may be a bit too early to start evaluating their teams, all of us definitely have an idea of what the teams have done right and what they can improve on.

So based on the performances of the first week of the IPL 2020, let us rate all the 8 teams:

8) Chennai Super Kings – 6/10

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

A team which was being touted as one of the favourites, Chennai Super Kings have been very underwhelming so far. They started off on a positive note winning their opening encounter against Mumbai Indians but since then, it has been a downward spiral for them, first losing to Rajasthan Royals and then Delhi Capitals, both times, comprehensively.

There have been a couple of positives for them. Sam Curran seems to be a great addition and has performed with the ball and whenever he got an opportunity with the bat. Faf du Plessis has batted with a lot of responsibility and has successfully played the big shots as well. But there have clearly been more downs than ups for CSK till now.

The most important aspect CSK is lagging in is the opening partnership. Shane Watson and Murali Vijay are just not being able to provide good starts which can inject momentum into the innings. With the absence of Ambati Rayudu in the last two games, their middle order also has looked unimpressive. MS Dhoni has been hesitant to come up the order and his rustiness has been evident.

Add to that their biggest strength, spin bowling, has let them down. Ravindra Jadeja has gone for more than 40 runs in 3 consecutive games while Piyush Chawla just never looks threatening enough. The CSK outfit carries a tired look this season and have performed very poorly in the first week. They will hope the return of Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Bravo bolsters their line up and they can put up a performance that CSK is usually known for going forward.