Did you think after the weekend studded with double headers, the sane (read boring) weekdays will come? Well IPL is happy to disappoint you there. We have 4 matches in the coming 3 days and those are:
39: MI vs DD at Wankhede,Mumbai
40: RCB vs KXIP at Bengaluru
41: SRH vs RR at Brabourne,Mumbai
42: KKR vs DD at Kolkata
You would definitely want to pick some DD players and at game 42, some KKR players as well (they will be playing game 44 too). Lets look at the pool of players now, shall we?
1. Shreyas Iyer (U): This DD opener will be very happy to play a big knock against MI in his home ground like the last outing as well. Given the form he’s in, he will definitely play at least one good knock in the two upcoming matches.
2. Lendl Simmons (F): A candidate you can rely on for his consistency. Unless your team has foreign players you really cannot replace, you should give him a thought.
3. Wriddhiman Saha: Given the weak batting line up (and against the aggressive bowling from Starc), he would most likely get a chance to prove himself and he has shone patches of brilliance throughout when he had the opportunity.
4. Virat Kohli: It would be a shame not to mention the player with most points from RCB (although Starc is inching closer and closer each day). He has led from the front in last few matches. With a little help of luck, he may produce a gem of an innings yet again.
5. Shikhar Dhawan: The flipside of being the opening partner of Warner is that you get robbed of all the limelight. He came back to his own against KKR and now looks promising to continue his form against RR as well.
6. Gautam Gambhir: He started strongly against SRH and once he gets the groove, he starts playing consistently. So pick him and there is a good chance he will play well in both of the matches for KKR.
Regular: We are short of words for David warner. Yesterday we saw a rare failure from him and we all know how much charged he will be next day. Ajinkya Rahane is the current orange cap holder and you can expect him to give warner a run for his money. Rohit Sharma and Robin Uthappa are dpendable as ever, again. You can experiment with Mayank, Manish and Surya in the free uncapped slot if it suits your team.
1. Imran Tahir: We hope he is given one more chance which he really deserves. Against shaky middle order of MI and in the spin friendly pitch in Kolkata, he can do wonders.
2. Harbhajan Singh: Really hope to see him in song against weak middle order of DD.
3. Harshal Patel (U): He has shown sharpness and presence of mind in his bowling and getting rewarded for that. He deserves a chance in your team.
4. Brad Hogg (F): Is he worth all the adulation he is getting? YES! and probably deserves more. This old horse is making the batsmen dance to his tune at will.
5. Dhawal Kulkarni: Expect to see a good fight, him against the SRH openers. If the floodgate opens, he will reap even more rewards.
6. Piyush Chawla: Maybe you missed it, but he performed quite well in 3 out of last 4 matches he played. Take him before others start noticing.
Regulars: We would not waste more spaces praising Starc. Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma and Umesh Yadav should be in your radar too.
This is the boring part once again. Consistent players like Watson, Russell, Duminy, Wiese and Axar are safe picks. Corey Anderson is back and if he gets a seat you can try him. I also personally hope to see Faulkner back into thick of actions as well. Suchith, Ashish and Hooda are the players to fill your uncapped slot with. And if you want to experiment I will suggest Yusuf pathan and Moises Henriques. The later may not be a match winner but has been effective in his own way in last few matches.
That’s all, folks. Let us know your opinions and your picks and feel free to brag, gloat or curse your luck in our comment section.