IPL 2021: Best XI from the third week
The article has been covered based on match no 17-25.
Updated - Apr 30, 2021 1:44 pm
The Indian Premier League has entered another week of exciting cricketing action. After three weeks, the points table is taking its shape. Amongst all the teams, the Chennai Super Kings have been the most consistent of them so far. It looks like the three-time champions had done their homework this year.
The other two teams that have been able to give some competition to CSK are the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Delhi Capitals. This week, RCB was decimated by CSK, thanks to an all-round show from Ravindra Jadeja. However, they made a comeback against the Delhi Capitals. Talking about the Delhi-based franchise, they have been able to stay in the top three since their first match.
KKR, MI, PBKS, SRH, and RR have been unable to find their perfect playing eleven. As we move into the middle phase of the tournament, their key players need to step up. Talking about key players, few cricketers were spectacular during the third week of the season.
Best playing 11 from the third week of IPL 2021
1. Prithvi Shaw
The most positive outcome of the first three weeks of the IPL is Prithvi Shaw’s form. Shaw was dropped from the national squad because of his poor performance in Australia. He then smashed every opponent in the domestic circuit. Well, that boosted his confidence and now, he has established himself in the Delhi squad.
Against the Sunrisers, he was in sublime touch as he scored an excellent half-century. Shaw looked to score again versus the Royal Challengers Bangalore, but he was caught behind while chasing a wide ball for 21. Well, he was at his destructive best against KKR.
In the first over, he smashed six consecutive fours. This set up the tone for the rest of the innings as DC chased the target easily. Shaw scored 156 runs at a strike rate of 150.85. If he continues to score at this rate, it is just a matter of time that he makes it to the national squad once again.