The veteran Kiwi pacer got another opportunity after a couple of games. He has picked a wicket in each of the last three games. Against Mumbai Indians, Southee picked up the crucial wicket of Rohit Sharma in only the first over and conceded just 10 runs in his three-over spell.
The Vidarbha-born pacer has proved his critics wrong, with his standout performances this season. Umesh Yadav has picked up 15 wickets in 10 outings so far, at an average of 19.06. The 34-year-old pacer has had a tendency of conceding a bit too many runs, but he has kept his economy rate under check this season.
Gill’s hard-hitting and free-flowing stroke play nature would make him suitable for the Australian conditions where the T20 World Cup is due to start in the month of October. He has also had the experience of playing in Australia back in 2020 with the test team and would love to get back into the white ball setup by maintaining his consistency in the remaining IPL games.
The 25-year-old generally bowls most of his overs in the powerplay. He has done more than a decent job, filling in place of the injured Deepak Chahar this season. Chennai has had a pretty lackluster season according to their high standards. However, Mukesh Choudhary’s performance has been a positive sign for the four-time champions.
He bats at a strike rate of just over 165 and is unafraid to take on the opposition bowlers. The left-hander was dropped by Punjab Kings after Jonny Bairstow‘s arrival but was drafted back into the playing 11 after just a few games. Punjab is still very much in the hunt for a playoff spot, and Rajapaksa will play a key role in helping his side to sneak into the top four.