IPL 2020: 5 finishers who'll be a nightmare for the opposition
Here's listing five finishers who will bring the match alive in IPL 2020's slog overs:
As per ESPNcricinfo smart stats tool, Andre Russell is the most impactful player in IPL history. His impact has been even 25% more than Chris Gayle, the next best in the list. The cricket fans following the IPL over the last couple of years couldn't agree more.
Russell has won Kolkata Knight Riders several matches single-handedly over the last couple of years and is an absolute game-changer, if there ever was one. It would be interesting to see where KKR bat him. There has been some suggestions by coach Hussey to send him at No. 3, a place from where the batsman can even aim for 200. But he might be best suited to No. 5 where he can play with all the freedom he needs.
Dinesh Kartik is another exceptional finisher, who has proved his mettle over the last couple of years, both for India and for Kolkata Knight Riders.
He had a particularly brilliant year in IPL 2018, where he scored 498 runs from 16 matches at an average touching 50 and a strike rate of 147.77. While his strike rate remained more or less same last year as well, he did not get as many opportunities to bat and finished with 253 runs at an average of 31.62.
With the experience that Karthik has gained and his newfound power, he can be a handful in the last few overs.
Does one really need to say anything about MS Dhoni? Arguably the best finisher cricket has ever seen, Dhoni might not have been at his best in international cricket over the last couple of years before announcing his inevitable retirement, but he remains a force in the IPL.
MSD has amassed 871 runs from his last 31 IPL innings since 2018 at an average of 79.18 and a strike rate of over 140 with 6 half-centuries. Even at the ripe old age of 39, he remains the best in the business.
Hardik Pandya has had a sharp incline in his career graph with his newfound stance and his intrinsic ability to clear the boundary at will. He is a threatening prospect for the opposition bowlers and the way he muscles the ball over the cow corner is a delight to watch. Among the Indian players, he is is second only to MS Dhoni as far as finishing goes.
The Caribbean conqueror makes the bat seem like a toothpick in his hand. When even mishits sail over the boundary, there is little that the bowlers can do.
Pollard is in red-hot form, having taken his franchise Trinbago Knight Riders to the CPL 2020 title and is only getting younger with age. With the Pandya brothers on either side of him, Pollard will have the licence to go after the bowlers, and this is when he is the most formidable.
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