IPL 2021: Team-wise Super Over combinations for the season
Teams generally look for their best and in-form players to deliver in the one-over eliminator.
Updated - Apr 3, 2021 11:51 am
We have often seen several thrillers in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and a lot of them have gone down to the very last ball with the outcome of the match still unclear. A few of those games couldn’t be decided even after the completion of 40 overs, and thus had to be decided in a super over.
The team that batted second in the match bats first during the super over. Teams must select three batsmen and one bowler for the one-over eliminator and it continues for a particular period of time till there is a winner.
Selecting the required four players for a super over isn’t easy as teams will have to consider how well they can play under pressure rather than just pure ability.
On that note, here’s a look at every team’s potential combination in case their IPL match goes to a super over:
1. Chennai Super Kings- Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina; Dwayne Bravo
Chennai Super Kings could potentially send Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni as their openers with Suresh Raina as the third batsman. Jadeja has been in incredible batting form in recent times and he will surely be the first pick for them.
He had the fourth-highest strike rate in the league last season as he scored 171.85 runs per 100 balls on average. Although MS Dhoni had a poor outing last season, he will still back himself in pressure situations and if he finds form, even he would be a no-brainer.
For the third slot, CSK have some decent options like Suresh Raina, Sam Curran, and even Moeen Ali. It will be a tough call, but Raina could be preferred due to his vast IPL experience and also due to the fact that Dhoni tends to trust those who he has played with for a long time.
Their death bowling options aren’t particularly great and thus, they might struggle in case they have to play in a super over. In his prime, Dwayne Bravo was one of the best bowlers during the death, but that isn’t the case anymore and he does leak a few runs. However, they might still go with him because of a lack of other options.