Team-wise one best death bowler for IPL 2020 in UAE

Team-wise one best death bowler for IPL 2020 in UAE

Indian stars, after being away from the sport for almost five months now, will start training to get back into their rhythm before flying to the UAE to unravel the action.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: IANS)

The wait of millions of fans is finally set to end in September. The much-awaited T20 extravaganza– IPL 2020– is likely to hit the floor this year in UAE, with the BCCI shortlisting the Middle East country to host the tournament amid the pandemic.

The thirteenth edition of the IPL was initially slated to start from March 29. However, the pandemic wreaked havoc on the global cricket scenario, forcing the Indian board to indefinitely postpone the cash-rich league. With a surge in COVID-19 cases, the IPL was on the verge of cancellation this year. But the BCCI, in order to avoid heavy losses, has resorted to shifting the IPL to a new country altogether.

After ICC’s announcement regarding the postponement of this year’s T20 World Cup, the IPL Governing Council is planning to meet for drawing out an IPL 2020 roadmap. After seeking the government’s approval, an official announcement is also on the cards.

Much before the T20 shimmer unfolds in the UAE, the players and franchises have already started to work on their plans. Indian stars, after being away from the sport for almost five months now, will start training to get back into their rhythm before flying to the UAE to unravel the action.

Talking about the bowling aspect of the tournament, it’s going to be a completely different scenario for the bowlers. A significant change in the pitch and conditions may help bowlers to curb heavy run-flow. This time around, it is perhaps bowlers who are expected to dominate in the cash-rich league.

With the dominant batting force which every franchise possesses, curbing runs in the death overs is certainly an arduous task for any bowler. However, each franchise also has a couple of bowlers who can turn the tables with their forte. On that note, let’s take a look at bowlers from each franchise who can perform exceedingly well in the death overs.

Here’s the list:

1. Isuru Udana – Royal Challengers Bangalore

Isuru Udana
Isuru Udana. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Despite being one of the star-studded sides since the inception of the IPL, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore has failed to lift the silverware even once. The presence of batting heavyweights like Kohli and de Villiers is undoubtedly a boon for the Bangalore franchise.

But it’s their inconsistent bowling display that has disappointed the franchise many a time. RCB is known for leaking runs, especially in the latter overs and skipper Kohli might trust Isuru Udana to sail their ship in this edition. The bowling all-rounder from Sri Lanka was bought for INR 50 lakh by RCB ahead of the IPL 2020 auction.

Udana has emerged as one of the exciting players in the shorter format in the last couple of years. Having represented Sri Lanka in the limited-overs, Udana’s variety and changes in pace might solve the death overs’ riddle for RCB. His excellent use of slower balls, including one out of the back of his hand, makes him a lethal weapon to have for captain Kohli. In 135 T20s, 32-year-old Udana has scalped 145 wickets including 2 four-wicket hauls.