IPL 2020: Team wise batsmen who can bat in the Super Over

IPL 2020: Team wise batsmen who can bat in the Super Over

The chances of a match finishing with scores level have also increased dramatically and thus the concept of Super Over was brought into effect.

Mumbai Indians
Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya of Mumbai Indians (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

With the introduction of Twenty-20 (T20) cricket, and more so with the advent of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the various other T20 leagues across the world, the game of cricket has been witnessing close encounters and nail-biting finishes more than ever.

The shortest format of the game has an unpredictable vibe to it as any player playing it come with the power to turn the game on his/her head within moments. Thus, most of the T20 matches are played on equal footings with no clear-cut favourites.

The chances of a match finishing with scores level have also increased dramatically and thus the concept of Super Over was brought into effect. The one-over-a-side contest at the end of a tied match is excitement and thrill at its peak and they have not limited themselves to the T20 cricket only.

However, as we head towards the 13th edition of the IPL, which has produced the most number of super overs (9) among any other leagues in the world, we take a look at the two probable batsmen from every franchise who might take to the crease in case their team find themselves in a tied encounter.

Here are the opening pairs:

1. Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson and MS Dhoni

Shane Watson and MS Dhoni
Shane Watson and MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

One of the most successful teams in the history of IPL, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) don’t have the same success rate in super overs. They have lost both of their matches which have ended in super overs but with Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the captain, one can never put them out of the game.

If the situation ever arises in the upcoming IPL, Dhoni should be the one facing the first ball of the super over, given he is the best hitter and the finisher of his team. The world has witnessed his finishing skill on repeat mode for a prolonged period and when the IPL strike-rate of 137.85 is added with the tonnes of experience he has, the bowlers are under his mercy.

The batsman at the other end could be Shane Watson who again brings bags full of experience and the ability to manipulate bowlers unlike many among the active cricketers. He has the IPL strike-rate of almost 140 and it will be his timing and the strong wristwork which the CSK team management will be looking for during a super-over.

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