Indian Premier League, DC vs KKR, Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Face-Off: Rishabh Pant vs Varun Chakravarthy

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IPL 2020, DC vs KKR: Rishabh Pant has yet to fire in IPL 2020, scoring 96 runs from three matches.© Twitter


When you think of the best bowlers in IPL 2020, you wouldn’t always think of Varun Chakravarthy. However, the Kolkata Knight Riders’ ‘mystery’ bowler, who can send off-spin, leg-spin, and seen ranges of combinations, has been in the thick of it for his franchise, and KKR would hope that He might have an option to deal with the potentially explosive Rishabh Pant on the ranks of Delhi Capitals when the two teams meet in Sharjah on Saturday. The sheer lack of size of the Sharjah ground tends to skew this face-off a bit in Pant’s favor, but you never know when the mysterious bowler is in action.

Chakravarthy has done well for KKR so far. He only played one game in the 2019 edition, but has already doubled his number this year, with three wickets and an economy of 6.25. His totals are four wickets in three matches against an economy of 7.72.

But form seems to be with him and he already has some crucial wickets to his name. The bowlers scalping David Warner, Rahul Tewatia and Jofra Archer are not to be taken lightly.

Pant has a penchant for playing some great shots and pulling out some classic miscues. It has almost become a trademark for him. He has 96 runs from three IPL 2020 matches with a moderate pass rate of 118.51.

This is a far cry from his IPL career pace of 159.58, which has come after 57 games with a total of 1,832 runs.

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So Pant’s somewhat unreliable form is certainly a crack in his armor, and Chakravarthy would be interested, like all bowlers. At the same time, the Delhi and India wicket-keeper would love to get his A-game at the table, and promises an engaging showdown.

Note: All statistics are provided by iplt20.com

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