IPL 2020: Rating the batting line-up of each team

IPL 2020: Rating the batting line-up of each team

Teams will have to get their combinations in place ahead of the T20 tournament.

Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni backup IPL captains
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The IPL is upon us; it is less than a month away and the excitement amongst fans and players are increasing by each passing day. Almost all players and teams have landed in the UAE and are in the self-quarantine period before they could start training.

The IPL is happening in the UAE, where stadiums in three cities will be used; Sharjah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. As the tournament progresses, the pitches will become more sluggish, slower and the ball will keep low.

Therefore, the teams, especially in the batting department, need to readjust their strategies, as they were earlier picked based on their home grounds in India.

So, here we try –  and we can all only try – to give ratings to the batting order of the teams in IPL 2020:

1. Mumbai Indians- 9.5

Mumbai Indians, IPL
Mumbai Indians. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Undoubtedly, Mumbai Indians have the most complete batting line-up in this edition of the IPL. From attacking openers to stabilizers in the middle order and powerful finishers, the players in MI fulfill each role in demand. The four-time champions gained the services of Chris Lynn, a destructive force at the top, however, he might not be in the first choice eleven- such is the batting talent of the team.

Expect MI to play a similar line-up like last season. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock to open, forming a dangerous opening pair. Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan in the middle order, both of them can play a defensive and an offensive style against the spinners. The versatile all-rounder, Krunal Pandya will be the floater in the team who can bat in the middle order to keep the run-rate ticking and can also do the finishing job, if and when required.

Hardik Pandya along with Kieron Pollard will take up the finishing mantle. Pandya, who has been busy – happily – during the lockdown with family duties, has been updating social media with his fitness videos. Pollard looks in good shape and form in the CPL. This should be their favored top seven – with the exception of Lynn coming in and Rohit shifting to three – for MI on their hunt for a fifth IPL trophy.

Their only concern is about their tail i.e. Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga don’t provide any batting assistance. Nonetheless, in a nutshell, MI have all their bases covered as far as batting is concerned.