IPL 2021: Predicting team-wise top run-scorer and wicket-taker
Taking a look at players who can shine with bat or ball in IPL 2021.
Updated - Apr 7, 2021 1:30 pm
With the IPL 2021 now due in two days, the battle of elites is now once again all set to produce T20 cricket’s biggest extravaganza. Yet again to fill in their flaming voids, the IPL teams had done some extensive shopping in the February auction and will be eager to try and test their new proponents.
Also, with the tournament not exhibiting any home advantage to any of the IPL teams, this IPL will surely be a steep mountain to climb for franchises along with making it utterly difficult to maintain a winning streak. Just like the IPL 2020, surely even this time the teams who soar early will carry a legitimate advantage in terms of their position in the points table. However. they would like to prefer an early entry into the playoffs, unlike the last season.
All in all, with the IPL being a fitting arrangement for the players to extensively prepare well for the mega ICC event in October, the cricket will be anticipated to be at its sheer best with each IPL franchise perhaps being the serious contender to qualify for the top four. Hence, predicting here-
Team-wise top run-scorer and wicket-taker in IPL 2021
1. RCB : Virat Kohli & Yuzvendra Chahal
With the appointment of Mike Hesson in the IPL 2020, there’s been a mini revamp in the RCB squad whose positive results were immediately seen when the franchise had qualified into the playoffs. Also, it was one of those elusive years where the overall inferiority of the side in IPL 2020 had occurred because of the team’s overwrought batting order. But prior to the start of the 2021 IPL, the team has nullified most of their voids and now looks like a well-stacked unit that can very much take on any team on any given day.
In terms of predicting their top run-scorer, then, although the team does contains the presence of two legendary batters of this era, with Virat Kohli already being vocal about his new batting position alongside his brimming current form, undoubtedly he looks to the man to notch most runs. In the recently concluded T20I series against England, skipper Kohli scored a mountain of 231 runs at a hounding average of 115.5.
More importantly, while taking his team over the line against mighty England, Virat Kohli’s batting in the series was very much reminiscent of the way he had scored 973 runs in the IPL 2016. Hence with a manhattan of runs and confidence, unarguably he will be the leading batsman for RCB in IPL 2021.
In terms of fetching the most wickets, someone like Yuzi Chahal since his debut with RCB has been the ever consistent bowler of this team along with being skipper Kohli’s most backed striking bowler. Last year, Chahal had in total scalped 21 wickets for RCB and was also amongst the top five wicket-takers of the season. Apart from giving crucial breakthroughs, he is one of those elusive RCB bowlers whose economy rate is just a tad over 7. Hence, with consistently being the steadfast wicket-taker for RCB in the last few seasons, yet again he will be anticipated to top charts with his witty bowling.