IPL 2020: Team wise bowlers who can bowl the Super Over
These players can hold their nerve even under severe pressure.
Published - Jan 27, 2020 2:15 pm | Updated - Jan 27, 2020 2:15 pm
The Indian Premier League (IPL), regarded as the toughest franchise-based tournament in the sport of cricket, has had a reputation of being host to some of the greatest talents of world cricket. While it is the batsmen, who always steal the limelight, the bowlers are yet to get the kind of attention and respect that they deserve. They are the ones who get the things set up before the batsmen come in and tonk the ball into the stands.
It might seem that in tricky situations like a super over, the team that hits the most number of runs wins, but the reality is something that the layman is unaware of. It is the bowlers, who have the key to success. If they manage to restrict the opposition to a low score in their quota of six deliveries, more than half the job is done.
The opposition gets under pressure and tends to make mistakes that the batsmen can capitalize on. This makes the bowlers, the unsung heroes of the super overs. And, every captain has his go-to player in such situations, whom he turns to, every time such a situation comes.
So, here’s the list of such players, who can get their team across the finish line successfully in the IPL: –
1. Mohammed Shami- Kings XI Punjab
There is no doubt that in 2019, Mohammed Shami rediscovered himself. His pace, accuracy and consistency, everything reached a whole new level. His performances throughout the year, in every format for team India, was really commendable. For example, in the format in which his best performances came in, the Test matches, he played 8 of them and took 33 wickets in total.
The Indian Premier League though is still the one fort that is left for him to conquer. He has a decent record in the league, with 40 wickets to his name, in the 49 odd matches he has played. But, the Shami that has come to light in 2019 will surely look to improve these numbers. And, in all probabilities, he will. In the 2020 season of the tournament, he will be leading the bowling attack for Punjab.
Shami’s newfound talent of bowling yorkers at will, coupled with his decent pace and ability to hit the right areas consistently, will be making him the go-to bowler for the Kings XI. Their attack has players, who might be able to generate a couple of clicks extra pace, but the stature to which Shami has risen, in the past one year, will make him the pick of the bowlers if it comes to bowling super overs.