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Rating the teams based on finishers in IPL 2020

The teams did their best to assemble decent finishers in their squad during the auction.

Andre Russell
Andre Russell. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

The Indian Premier League (IPL), also known as the ‘run feast for batsmen’, is all set to begin from the 29th of March and every participating teams’ preparations are in full flow. And, one thing that every squad looks to get sorted before the start of the tournament is their middle and lower-middle order or the so-called finishers.

They might be regarded as the players, who just come and swing their bats with brute strength to get the ball over the boundary rope, but that role does require skills. On paper, things might look good for the player, but it is the mind-set while batting at the end of the innings that matters the most.

The individuals assigned this role have the responsibility to play to their full potential in the handful of deliveries they are given to play and boost their teams’ total. And, every teams’ management wants to place the best of their hitters in this role. The finishers in the many matches prove to be crucial factors while deciding the match’s result and also the team that wins the trophy at the end.

Hence here’s a look at the ratings of every team according to the quality of finishers they have in their squad this time:

1. Sunrisers Hyderabad- 8.5/10

Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad. (Photo: IANS)

The team from Hyderabad, for the 2020 season has managed to get together a talent pool that is enough to decimate any bowling attack that they play against. With a solid core at the top, assisted by a sturdy and sensible middle-order and followed by a series of big-hitting batsmen, they have a line-up that any team would drool on.

But, everything is not perfect for them. The problem at hand for the management will be to sort out the number of foreign players that will be playing for them. They will have to make sure that the four foreigners they include in the XI are a good blend of players. With Williamson being the captain of the side, his place is fixed. There will be only three spots left, out of which two will in all probabilities be taken up by overseas openers– Jonny Bairstow and David Warner.

Now, the management will have to make a choice between the two Afghanistan spin bowling all-rounders, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan. Both of them have similar utilities, but a completely different style of playing. And, most importantly both of them will have completely different impacts with their bats in the hand. So, it will be interesting who is picked among the two and is designated to provide the final boost to their team’s total.

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