Two days in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 and the tournament has already seen thrilling action, including a Super Over. Now it’s the turn of SunRisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), two of the best-followed teams, to take center staging. The matchup also pits some of the best players in the world against each other, and the class in both teams just radiates. Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, David Warner, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow will all be seen in action for the first time in IPL 2020, and fans will be glued to their TV sets to see how they are doing.
David Warner: The Australian dasher is back at the helm of business for SunRisers Hyderabad and will try to lead from the front. Warner formed a formidable opening duo with England’s Jonny Bairstow last time, and this season couldn’t be any different.
With a total of 4,706 runs, Warner is one of the most consistent performers in the IPL. He didn’t get below 40 average in the past five editions he has been a part of and he will hope to continue his sensational run with the bat.
Kane Williamson: There is no doubt that the New Zealand skipper is one of the best batsmen in the world when it comes to Test and ODI cricket. But Williamson has proven to be a force to be reckoned with even in the shortest form of the game.
With averages of 42.66 and 52.50 in the 2017 and 2018 editions respectively, Williamson was eclipsed by Warner and Bairstow last season. On slower throws in the UAE, where taking pictures may not be that easy, Williamson’s class could very well make the difference.
Rashid Khan: Few spinners in the world have had the impact the Afghan sensation has had on the T20 game in recent times. An absolute master of his art, Rashid is one of the hardest bowlers to get away with in this format. To go along with its astonishing economy (6.55), Rashid’s wicket-take abilities are good there too.
Places in the UAE could be the perfect playground for Rashid Khan to weave his magic. Add to that his unique hitting style, and the Afghan is certainly one of the first names on the team magazine for SRH.
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Virat Kohli: The Indian captain and Bangalore’s darling will finally be seen in action after a long hiatus from the coronavirus. Virat Kohli’s boundless energy is second to none, and the RCB skipper will be itching to put down an early marker on a tournament that has been a mixed bag for him.
Despite his genius with the bat, Virat Kohli has failed to secure the IPL trophy, but this time there seems to be calm confidence in the team. Kohli will try to repeat his exploits from 2016, when he destroyed 973 runs, including four centuries.
AB de Villiers: A year older, but still fit like a fiddle, the South African greatness has been an integral part of RCB over the years. De Villiers have formed a deadly combo along with Kohli, but despite these two greats hitting bowlers to all parts of the ground, RCB has been abandoned in other divisions of the game.
Over the past two seasons, De Villiers has been brilliant and without the burden of international cricket, the South African could once again be RCB’s game-changer with the bat.
Yuzvendra Chahal: The crafty leg spinner has been part of the RCB lineup since 2014 and has become a fan favorite thanks to his on and off court antics. Chahal has come for a baton, mainly due to the fact that RCB’s home ground has been a deathbed for bowlers. However, the tournament shifting to UAE could very well play in the hands of Chahal.
The 30-year-old who took 18 wickets last season wants to go one step further and spin RCB to their first title.
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