Mumbaia few moments agoAuthor: Kumar Ritvij
T20 is considered a batsman’s game. Long sixes and painful boundaries have been the hallmark of this format. The margin of error with the bowlers is very less. That is why it has been said that the team with strong batting is more likely to win in T20 cricket. However, this IPL is proving to be a change in this trend. Rajasthan Royals, running at number 1 in the points table, has defended the score on the basis of bowlers for 3 consecutive times after losing the toss.
This time those teams are performing well whose bowling is also strong. Particularly, the performance of those teams has been excellent, which have fast bowlers with a speed of more than 145/kmph and wrist spinners who take wickets in the middle overs.
Rajasthan in top-4 is winning the match on the basis of bowling
The journey of IPL-2022 is half over and if you look at the points table, then the above mentioned things are confirmed. Rajasthan is playing like a champion team for the first time after season one. The bowlers have a very important role behind this too. Trent Boult and famous Krishna are bowling at a fast pace.
Trent Boult has proved his worth by bowling KL Rahul, who has scored more than 500 runs in almost every season, on the first ball of the match. Bolt, who was an integral part of the Mumbai Indians team, is now winning matches for Rajasthan. His balls are constantly touching the speed of 145/kmph. As a wrist spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal is the highest wicket-taker in the competition. If RR is not batting in a match, then the bowlers have defended the score despite the dew.
Lockie Ferguson is speeding
Let’s talk about the number-2 team Gujarat Titans. Gujarat has a bowler in the form of Lockie Ferguson with 150/kmph speed. His fastest ball this season has been thrown at a speed of 153.9/kmph. Mohammed Shami and Alzarri Joseph are also bowling at excellent pace. Young Yash Dayal is also making a big impact.
On the other hand, the team has a world class wrist spinner in Rashid Khan. Rashid Khan has completed his 100 wickets in IPL. Batsmen, who have been playing Rashid for a long time, are also unable to hit big shots against him. Due to the pairing of Lockie Ferguson with the world’s best spinner, Gujarat’s team continues to remain in the top-4.
Umran’s speed has set IPL on fire
Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are at number three, also have a great pace attack. Umran Malik has proved to be the fastest bowler of this IPL. He is consistently bowling at a speed of more than 145 kmph. His every third ball is also crossing the 150/kmph barrier. South African fast bowler Marco Yensen has been making the life of the opposition batsmen happy with his swing and bounce.
T. Natarajan’s yorkers have also become a problem for the batsmen. Bhuvneshwar Kumar may have less pace, but his swing is showing its effect. With the help of accurate line-length, Bhuvi is getting heavy on the big batsmen. The team does not have a well-known wrist spinner, but its fast bowlers are proving enough to win.
Dusmantha Chameera and Ravi Bishnoi is winning the match for Lucknow
Talking about Lucknow Super Giants, bowlers have also played an important role in the victory of this team. Fast bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Mohsin Khan are bowling at a good pace. Even against a big team like Mumbai Indians, Chamira gave only 14 runs in 4 overs. This 6 feet bowler is proving dangerous due to the speed of 145/kmph as well as round arm action. It is because of the pace that even the legendary batsmen are not able to play big shots against them.
Wrist spinner Ravi Bishnoi is consistently successful in troubling the batsmen with his variation. Lucknow’s bowling was considered to be the weak link of the team, but after the start of the season, there has been a big change in it. Bishnoi’s bowling has improved a lot after being a part of the Indian T20 team. Lucknow Super Giants are getting the advantage of this.
The shortage of express speed bowlers fell heavily on Chennai and Mumbai
Mumbai and Chennai, present in the bottom 2, are struggling with a lack of wicket-taking bowlers. Bumrah is not able to deliver accurate yorkers at the same pace as before. The lack of support from the other end has also affected their performance. Had Jofra Archer been available this season, it would have been a different matter.
Chennai has been plagued by problems with the strike bowler since Deepak Chahar’s exit. Rashid Khan is also changing the course of the match by scoring 25 runs in an over off Chris Jordan’s balls. Lack of bowlers bowling at the speed of 145kmph+ has emerged as the biggest reason for Chennai’s poor performance.