Round 1 IPL Takeaways
IPL started with the two Indian team captains competing against each other. However, the start wasn’t as fiery as we expected it to be. In fact, the first game was a low scoring game with RCB getting all out for 70 in 17.1 Overs. In the second game, which was a doubleheader, KKR won against SRH thanks to some firepower by Andre Russell. In the second game of the doubleheader, Rishabh Pant destroyed MI bowlers thus giving DC the first 200+ total of this season, and Mumbai losing the game by 37 runs. The fourth game, RR vs KXIP was a rather controversial game because of an infamous incident; however, that incident was the turning point of the game with RR losing by 14 runs.
There are a few takeaways from Round 1, that will most likely continue to show up in the future games.
Old is Still Gold!
In three out of the four games, Man of the Match award was given to a player who was 30+. Harbhajan Singh, Andre Russell, and Chris Gayle were given Man of the Match awards for their respective games. Only Rishabh Pant was the odd one out.
Apart from this, there were some brilliant batting performances by David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, and Yuvraj Singh!
Every team wants to chase!
In all four games, the team that won the toss chose to bowl first. In T20, we’ve seen a pattern where the captains would choose to chase the total than defend it. Though, the result was 2-2, with two games being won by the chasing team and two being won by the defending team.
Rishabh Pant is set to go to England
Rishabh Pant scored 78 from 27 balls in the game against MI. With the fine batting he has displayed, he has almost confirmed his slot in the team for the World Cup! It will be interesting to see if he gets to be in the playing XI or not.
Warner and Smith are here to prove a point
David Warner and Steve Smith who were banned from international cricket for the last 12 months and were also banned from playing last season’s IPL have made it clear, that we can be down but not out. In their respective games, both Australian batsmen showed why they need to be a part of Australia’s world cup squad! Warner scored 85 in 53 balls, while Smith scored 20 runs in 16 balls. They are here to get the selectors’ eyes on them!