IPL 2021: Team-wise one player whose form may trouble team in the UAE

IPL 2021 will set foot in the UAE with a match between CSK and MI.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal. (Photo: IANS)

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Hardik Pandya. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The second leg of IPL 2021 is all set to commence from September 19 (today) in the UAE wherein the first clash will set action between CSK and MI. As the caravan moves to the second leg of IPL in the Gulf nation, it remains to be seen which players will step up for their team and bring good to the table.

On the other hand, there also stands a certain section of players whose form might bother franchises ahead of the 2nd phase of the league. Neither these players have performed well off late in the international circuit, nor their approach in the first leg bore fruitful results for the team. Hence, let’s take a look at-

Team-wise one player whose form is a worry ahead of UAE leg of IPL

RCB- Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

If there is one player whose form is constantly bothering the Indian team and of course RCB, it is none other than experienced spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Being an integral member of Virat Kohli and company (RCB), the team has depended on him on several occasions.

However, his last 18 months have hit the rough patch and he is still trying to come out of that. In the first leg of IPL, he picked four wickets in seven games and marched up with an economy of 8.26, way costlier than his previous seasons.

It was due to his constant dip in form that he missed the ticket for India’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2021. However, RCB will be rooting for their main spinner to flaunt form in the remaining matches in the UAE.

MI- Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya IPL
Hardik Pandya. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

India’s ace pace-all-rounder and one of Mumbai’s main men, Hardik Pandya, is also struggling to get going in recent times. Firstly, he has been on the backfoot to take up the ball post his back injury, and then his form with the bat has also not been convincing.

He wasn’t seen bowling in the first leg too and the previous season and it remains to be seen if he would be able to contribute this time around. He amassed only 52 runs in the Indian leg of IPL 2021 with his highest score being 16 runs.

Though he picked the ball in India’s recent limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, he struggled anyway. With MI keen on continuing their dominance yet again, his form might bother Rohit Sharma and his men.

CSK- Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Though Shardul Thakur has developed himself an option for the Indian team in whites, his one remarkable performance is yet to come in limited-overs. Thakur’s form will be a worry for the team keeping in mind his figures in the first phase of IPL and IPL in general.

In the first phase of IPL 2021, he picked five wickets in seven games and conceded at an economy of 10.33 which might just be unacceptable for bowlers to move into the fast-paced league. He can definitely contribute with the bat but the bowling figures might bother the captain.

He has gone for runs in limited-over games and that’s the fact which pushed him on backfoot. The need of performing in death overs is massive in IPL and in that case, he is not any effective with his Yorkers. Hence, his form may bother CSK in the UAE.

Rajasthan Royals- Shivam Dube

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Shivam Dube is another name whose form might not be liked by the RR franchise ahead of the second leg of IPL. A pace all-rounder is always in demand by teams but Dube has not been able to deliver on those expectations so far.

It was due to his high economy, he got sidelined by the Indian team after getting his limited chances. He was last seen with India in a T20I against New Zealand in 2020 Feb where he produced the second most expensive over in a T20I match, leaking 34 runs.

Even during the first leg of IPL 2021, he marched up with an economy of over 10 and putting all these scenarios in a place, his form is definitely a cause of worry for the Rajasthan Royals. Already, RR are entering the UAE phase without the services of their many stars.

SRH- David Warner

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The story of David Warner stands to be quite heartbreaking especially with reference to what happened with him midway during the Indian leg of IPL 2021. Due to his dip in form, not only he was removed from the captaincy role, he even lost his place in SRH XI.

It has to be noted that Warner had led SRH to an IPL trophy in 2016 and is the only player to have won the Orange Cap thrice in IPL history. However, he didn’t look his usual best when he produced 193 runs in six games in the first phase at an average of 32.00.

After that, he didn’t raise his hand for Australia’s limited-overs series against West Indies and Bangladesh. This is why his credentials will be put to test when the game in the second phase kicks off and would be keen on making a mark.

PBKS- Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The Universe Boss Chris Gayle will be seen yet again in the Indian Premier League donning Punjab’s jersey. Though the age factor has been going against him for quite some, he has managed to keep critics silent through his bat.

However, off late, the case hasn’t been the same as Gayle is struggling to have some runs under his belt. He was seen in CPL 2021 with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and remained dismal with his bat as he averaged meager 18.33.

Though his franchise bagged the glory, his contribution remained minimum with the bat as he amassed 165 runs in nine games. Even in IPL 2021 first phase, he averaged 25 and would be looking to better up in the UAE phase.

DC- Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Rabada has been the backbone of the Delhi Capitals’ bowling lineup for quite some time and he had a huge role to play in IPL 2020 where DC marked their maiden finale appearance against Mumbai Indians.

He even returned as a purple cap holder from IPL 2020 where he picked 30 wickets and got under the skin of several batters. However, he didn’t start the Indian leg of IPL 2021 on a fine note and got eight wickets in seven games with an economy over 8.7.

His form in recent away tours was also not utterly convincing. Hence, it can be said that his form remains a matter of worry for the DC franchise. He along with his Protean partner Anrich Nortje need to lead the pace attack well in the UAE to continue Delhi’s momentum.

KKR- Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. (Photo Source: Disney + Hotstar VIP)

It was not long back when Gill was being talked as the next big thing in Indian cricket. In fact, his heroics at Gabba made every Indian believe that he is all set to shoulder big responsibilities but that didn’t carry well either in the home series against England or the first phase of IPL 2021.

In the first phase of IPL, he scored 132 runs in seven games, averaging merely 18.85. Apart from stats, many believed that Gill appeared quite casual in his approach and batted without any sense of responsibility in India.

As the new season approaches, Gill’s current form might worry Eoin Morgan and his men. It remains to be seen if he can come with new light and approach in the 2nd phase as he has not been into many games off late.