The IPL is over and it’s time to turn our attention to the upcoming renowned international competition, the India to Australia Tour. With no other competitive matches to follow, we are looking at the IPL form of the players who would appear in the bilateral series in Australia.
Ajinkya Rahane, who will lead India in three tests after Virat Kohli returns on paternity leave, has had diminishing returns in the IPL. Being captain in Australia is tough enough in any situation, but Rahane, a man who thrives when supported, will now take on that challenge with concerns over his personal form. He struggled to get into Delhi Capitals XI in the initial phase and when he got the chance he didn’t set the stands on fire. In the eight innings he’s played, other than a 60 as he chased an average total against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the 32-year-old hasn’t provided the solidity he wanted. Rahane was absent for single-digit five-shot scores.
Shaw’s opening problems
Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma had injuries to varying degrees in the IPL, and if it wakes up again India may have to look to Prithvi Shaw in testing. However, with his last seven scores in the IPL in 4, 0, 0, 7, 10, 9, 0, the youngster will not be full of confidence as he was dropped by Delhi Capitals playing XI for the tournament’s commercial end. . . Aside from the mental blues, technical shortcomings had crept in as well: a problem against the short pacy ball was still present and the restarting around the stump also pushed him away from the body. Trent Boult had toasted him, as had Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.
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Was Kuldeep even there?
Not so long ago, Kuldeep Yadav was part of an irresistible double spin attack for India in whiteball cricket and was also touted for his success in testing. But the Chinese bowler seems to have been discovered by many opposition teams, so much so that Kolkata Knight Riders preferred Varun Chakravarthy to him. Yadav has only played five games, hasn’t even played in one, and has broken his full quota of four overs in a single game.
Umesh, out of sight, out of mind?
With numbers 0/48 and 0/35 (three overruns), Umesh Yadav was deemed surplus to needs by RCB after just two games. Even after playing 46 tests, the pacemaker is hampered by the inconsistency. He doesn’t have fond memories of the previous Down Under tour, when he was the weak link on a friendly paced Perth pitch. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar injured and Ishant Sharma on the way home, this could have opened the door for Umesh, but it looks like Navdeep Saini got ahead of him.
Is Pant turning the corner?
A swallow doesn’t make a summer. Rishabh Pant had a forgettable IPL and looked like the pale shadow of the free scoring batsman he usually is. A pressure of 56 in the final can restore some confidence in a player who is not in the cue ball scheme for the Australian tour. An injury in the middle of the campaign didn’t help matters, but Pant appeared to be struggling with bowling tactics outside of his hitting arc. He’s scored 343 points with an average of 31.18, but a hitting rate of just over 113 and nine sixes in 14 games typically doesn’t produce the desired impact in T20 games.
Will Thakur have a game?
Shardul Thakur finds himself in the giant touring group, penciled into the ODI team, likely only because of the unique current situation. Playing for the struggling Chennai Super Kings, the average stimulator was often targeted by the opposition and got a 10 wicket return in nine matches. Not gifted for lightning speed, Thakur will have to be ultra precise and deflect the ball if he has the chance.
Pandey under scanner
Suryakumar Yadav’s omission from the tour is likely to put Manish Pandey in the spotlight. He played throughout Sunrisers Hyderabad’s campaign and, with the team being heavily dependent on David Warner, he had to share some of the burden. Pandey came to the party every now and then, but her technique of giving herself space and staying off the line was often lacking in quality rhythm or effects.
The usual suspects
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Virat Kohli: The Indian skipper didn’t have the biggest IPL by his high standards, with 466 races in 15 matches with three half centuries.
Rohit Sharma: His physical form was more the subject of conjecture than his form. The Mumbai Indians skipper had 332 races in 12 games but did well in the final.
Shikhar Dhawan: He had a purple stain in the middle of the tournament when he scored two consecutive hundreds as he finished as the second best run-getter. But he also had his share of low scores, reflecting his international career.
KL Rahul: The winner of Orange Cap was unable to take his team to the playoffs and his strike rate was also criticized, although his past suggests he will beat much more aggressively for India.
Hardik Pandya: He was in scary hitting form throughout the competition and bowlers often weren’t sure where to play him. Its strike rate of nearly 180 was one of the reasons the Indians of Mumbai kept the trophy.
Ravindra Jadeja: With the CSK stick floundering, he was more useful lower in sequence with the bat than with his left arm rotation.
Mohammed Shami: He was one of the shining lights for Kings XI Punjab. He regularly wickets with the new ball and kept things in check to death. He showed impressive control over the yorker.
Jasprit Bumrah: With 27 wickets and an economy rate of 6.73, MI’s banker himself was habitual, delivering wickets and breaking the back of the opposition.
What about Australians:
Marcus Stoinis: One of the stars of the Delhi Capitals’ race to the final, he helped with both the bat and the ball. With 352 races in 17 games at an average of over 25 and a strike rate of almost 150, coupled with 13 wickets, he could be a threat to India.
David Warner: Another season in which the Sunrisers captain scored over 500 points (548 in 16 games, 39.14 average, 134.64 hit rate). The southpaw will be a big threat at home.
Steve Smith: His struggles after two fifties at the start were a big reason for the Royals of Rajasthan to end at the bottom. But it would be foolish to write off Smith.
Pat Cummins: He hasn’t had a sack full of wickets (12 in 14 games), but often has big scalps – like Smith, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan.
Josh Hazlewood: He inexplicably played just three games for CSK even though he barely dropped the team.
Alex Carey: He replaced the injured Rishabh Pant for three games and didn’t do much to write.
Glenn Maxwell: He was a big disappointment with the bat for KXIP but delivered some practical spells with the ball. But he had been in great batting form for Australia entering the IPL and could shoot against India again.
James Pattinson: With 11 wickets in 10 games, he was a useful cog in MI’s powerful attack.
Nathan Coulter-Nile: A sporadic inclusion, his bowling was key for MI in the final.
Aaron Finch: The Australian white ball captain struggled extensively with the bat and was ultimately dropped in favor of compatriot Josh Philippe.
Adam Zampa: The skater only appeared in three games, but was at his best in the last game against the Sunrisers (1/12 in 4 overs).