It’s D-Day for the IPL 2020 with Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals competing in the final for the coveted prize. While Mumbai Indians and Rohit Sharma have been there and have done so four times, for Delhi Capitals and Shreyas Iyer it is a whole new world as they have never made it to the final. The defending champion has numerous players firing on all cylinders, but Delhi has relied heavily on certain individuals to get the job done for them. Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis and Kagiso Rabada were the star performers for DC, but they will need others to come to the party if they want to take the control of a rampant MI outfit.
Here are some of the players capable of turning the IPL 2020 final upside down.
Rohit Sharma: They say the hour is coming, the man is coming. It is certainly time the Mumbai Indians captain put in a great performance for his team. Rohit Sharma was well below par, even before an injury briefly halted his participation in the tournament.
The MI opener also has a lot to prove with all the drama surrounding his selection for the Australia tour. Equipped for the ODI and T20 series in Australia (included in the test team), Rohit will be ready to prove his fitness and class. And in his day, there are few batsmen in the world who can turn it on like Rohit can.
Suryakumar Yadav: The right-handed was brilliant for Mumbai Indians this year. Now that Rohit is out of shape, he has taken responsibility for the battle division and more often than not delivered.
He has scored 461 runs in 15 games, and while that number is lower than Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock, who have both scored 483 runs each, Suryakumar is an impenetrable wall that was nearly impossible to break. He too has a point to prove after he has found no place in the Indian squadrons.
Jasprit Bumrah: India’s star player started slow with teammate Trent Boult taking the spotlight. Jasprit Bumrah showed, however, that form is temporary and class is permanent. He put in some phenomenal feats of pushing teams out of the way as MI galloped into the final.
Kagiso Rabada’s spectacular form had left his rivals high and dry, but Bumrah was climbing through the lines like a freight train, not only to overtake but also to take first place, albeit temporarily. The Indian is just two wickets behind the South African, who is playing two more games, in the race for the Purple Cap, and that will give Bumrah the extra motivation to get the job done today.
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Shikhar Dhawan: The lefthanded didn’t have the best starts, but grew into the tournament. Dhawan has had an amazing second half, with two back-to-back centuries. After a few poor forays towards the end, with three ducks, the opener again found top gear in Qualifier 2, with 78 runs to help DC book a winning total against SRH.
Dhawan, like Bumrah, has an extra incentive. He can top KL Rahul if he scores 68 points in the IPL final and take home the Orange Cap.
Marcus Stoinis: The Australian all-rounder has arguably been the MVP of Delhi this tournament. Few could have imagined the impact Stoinis had on IPL 2020. He was an exception with both the bat and the ball, and was key to DC’s run to the IPL final. Stoinis has scored 352 runs with a success rate of 149.15, taking 12 wickets.
But more importantly, the Australian got the job done when his team needed some inspiration. He was promoted in Qualifier 2 and DC could do that again to upset the MI new-ball bowlers.
Kagiso Rabada: After leading the Orange Cap race for most of the tournament, the South African speedster found himself chasing Jasprit Bumrah and moving to Qualifier 2. It seemed Rabada was out of steam, having only won two wickets in his previous four matches.
However, he took wickets against the SunRisers in the virtual semi-final to wrestle back Bumrah’s lead. Despite his four-wicket swipe, Rabada didn’t look that threatening, and Delhi and their fans will hope he shoots all cylinders in the IPL final.
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