IPL 2021: What the bowling line-up looks like this season for all the teams
Though IPL matches are unpredictable, yet the stress remains on the bowling counterpart of the team as history suggests that teams with a good bowling line-up end winning the trophy. And it is evident from the fact that Mumbai Indians (MI) lifted the trophy record five times.
In this 2021 edition of IPL, the franchises concentrated on the bowling line-ups to a greater extent. So it is clear that this season is expected to be more about the balling capabilities of the teams.
Chris Morris has been the most expensive player to be bought this season, as he has been well with his balling skills. Rajasthan Royals bought Morris at a base price of 16.25 crore. Followed by this, Jhye Richardson and Kyle Jamieson were the other expensive bowlers who were bought at the expense of 14 and 15 crores respectively. This clearly explains that franchises have a realization of how important is a bowling line-up for their teams.
Here, let’s have a look at the balling strengths of all 8 teams when compared:
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)-
It is visible that this team has been performing poorly from the past few seasons, letting go of many runs as their bowling counterparts don’t well. The bowling lineup had made this team face defeats several times.
Yet this season it is expected that the duo, Kyle Jameson and Navdeep Saini will show some miracles. The expectations are a bit doubtful as the duo hasn’t performed well in the past few matches. They will probably be seen in the playing 11 of RCB.
- Rajasthan Royals (RR)-
Rajasthan Royals are all set to welcome their recruit, Chris Morris and it is a much-awaited thing to know that if Morris will satisfy his price tag or not. Jofra Archer has been performing well all these times, but the other bowlers have somewhat disappointed the spectators and fans. The addition of Chris Morris to the team will empower the morals, and it is expected that there will be good 8 overs in favor of Rajasthan Royals.
Kartik Tyagi on the other hand remains this year in the team and will be seen in the playing 11. Last year he performed well and it is expected that his being in the team will earn some positive outcomes.
- Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)-
Kolkata Knight Riders is a team with some high-class spinners with Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, and their latest bought member, Harbhajan Singh. But the expectations remain with the Duo, Pat Cummins, and Andre Russel.
Pat Cummins, in the previous season, hasn’t been effective and this season too he remains in the team. It is yet to be seen if he is all worth the price tag this year.
Andre Russel, despite his frequent injury struggles, has shown a decent performance last season. The Indian pace department seems to be a major concern for Kolkata.
- Punjab Kings (PBKS) –
The duo, Mohammed Shami and Jhye Richardson are expected to perform well as they are the only limelight and experienced in the team. The question arises, after Shami’s injury, he hasn’t been a part of many matches. Will he be able to cope up with his team?
Richardson has been good with his games in the Big Bash League season, however, it’s hard to predict if bowlers from the Australian league will be able to perform well as history suggest that it’s hard for them to take wickets.
- Delhi Capitals (DC)-
Delhi Capitals have the strongest bowling line-up until now, the duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have been the leading wicket-takers from the previous season. The South African duo showed an outstanding performance last year and there’s no reason for them not to be in the team this year again. Based on their last year’s performance, the Delhi Capitals stands out with 9 out of 10.
- Chennai Super Kings (CSK)-
Although the Chennai Super Kings have a strong bowling lineup, they lack impactful bowlers who can strike in any situation. In the past, Dwayne Bravo has done the job for them, but he has mainly taken wickets in the death overs. With his match-winning skills, Imran Tahir is a name that could make a difference for them.
With Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar in the lineup, the fast bowling looks decent, while the overseas quicks of Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood, and Sam Curran were not threatening. CSK’s spin department is well-balanced, with seven spinners in the team, which is more than enough for the IPL 2021.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)-
Sunrisers Hyderabad had one of the best bowling units until last year, when they lost their spearhead, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, in the IPL 2020. T Natarajan, an outstanding seamer who performed admirably last year and proved himself in India’s tour to Australia, has been recruited.
Rashid Khan is the world’s best T20 bowler, and he has high regard for him throughout his IPL career. The third Indian seamer, in addition to Bhuvneshwar and Natarajan, would be an issue for Sunrisers, and they have Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, and Basil Thampi as choices. They have two all-rounders in Jason Holder and Mitchell Marsh who can bowl four overs each.
- Mumbai Indians (MI)-
The Mumbai Indians have a good first XI and a well-balanced bowling attack. The world-class duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult will perform the powerplay and death overs, respectively. Last year’s spinners were Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar, and this year they will have Jayant Yadav and Piyush Chawla to choose from.
Nathan Coulter Nile and Hardik Pandya will be the all-rounders while Pollard can roll his over too if needed. The backup options for Bumrah will be Dhawal Kulkarni which is the only major concern for Mumbai Indians and they will be hoping Bumrah stays fit throughout the IPL 2021.