IPL 2020: Predicting the death bowlers of each team
- Predicting the death bowlers of each team for PL 2020
#6 Kolkata Knight Riders - Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine
Other Options: Andre Russell, Chris Green, Kuldeep Yadav, Pravin Tambe, Varun Chakravarthy, M Siddharth, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Harvey Gurney, Lockie Ferguson
Last season, KKR was one of the worst teams as far as death bowling was concerned and hence, going into the IPL 2020 auctions, head coach Brendon McCullum biggest priority was to improve his bowling attack and to some extent, they did that.
The Kolkata franchise signed Pat Cummins for a whopping ₹15.5 crores and it seems, the Australian fast bowler will be KKR's first choice during the death overs as he has been for Australia. The 26-year-old is one of the best in the world in all formats of the game and KKR will most definitely be banking on him to deliver.
Sunil Narine, on the other hand, has been KKR's heartthrob for a long time and he will most definitely be used as the death bowler, again. KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik, over the past two years, has used Narine both in the powerplay and at the death. Last season, the West Indian had an economy rate of just 7.82, along with that, he ranked 18th in 2019 with 96 dot balls.
Despite having two good T20 bowlers to use at the death, KKR still need to find someone who is potent with the new ball, as unless that happens, the bowling unit will hugely be dependent on these two.
#5 Delhi Capitals - Kagiso Rabada and Chris Woakes
Other Options: Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Keemo Paul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Mohit Sharma, Tushar Deshpande
Delhi Capitals (DC) had a great season last year as for the first time in a long time, they reached the play-offs and heading into IPL 2020, they have considerably improved their squad.
Last season, at the death, Kagiso Rabada was DC's go-to man but the addition of Chris Woakes will definitely add some much-needed quality. Rabada had an economy rate of just 7.82 and along with that, he ranked 14th in terms of most dot balls bowled last season with 113.
Chris Woakes, on the other hand, is someone who is capable of bowling both in the powerplay and at the death and he could ably support Rabada this year. Not only that, Woakes adds depth to DC's batting department and because of him, Shreyas Iyer, the DC skipper, will have the flexibility to bowl out the four overs of Ishant Sharma in the powerplay itself.
Woakes gives this DC side a lot of options and that is something head coach Ricky Pointing would love to have.Published 01 Feb 2020, 13:37 IST