Weekly Performance Review – Super 11
Amidst the pandemic and lockdown situation prevailing globally, fans and players had seen a drought of match time and it was very difficult for the players to hit the purple patch straight away in the biggest franchise tournament of the world. But my word! Once the IPL 2020 kick started in a flamboyant fashion, it was a visual treat to see the icons of the game take the center stage and set it up on fire. With a fortnight gone, we have a compilation of the Super11 players who performed exceptionally well in the Dream11 IPL.
We have the teenage sensation Shubman Gill taking the strike. In 3 matches he had scored 124 runs with a high score of 70*. Showing such control at the beginning of the innings, he had played sensible knocks to earn victories for KKR in both the batches. He will be one of the most bankable players for his team throughout the season. Opening with him will be Mayank Agarwal. He had been in great form in red ball cricket for team India and had set high expectations for himself. He didn’t fail to upset his boss as he leads the batter’s list with 246 runs in 4 games with a century and nerve wracking knock against Delhi Capitals to tie the game. He currently holds the orange cap and takes the slight edge over his captain KL Rahul because of his consistency and fluency in knock.
At number 3 comes Sanju Samson. What a great season he has been having so far! His back to back valiant knocks in Sharjah to clinch two glorious wins for his team, set the momentum to a greater extent. He is a fearless attacker and can anchor the ship as well if there is a slide. He scored 171 runs in 4 games and grabbed some incredible rippers in the field. Mr 360, takes the most important number 4 position in this team. Superman Ab De Villiers played a stunning innings against MI to close in the game to a tie and win the super over contest. His canons oozed 55*(24) in the super knock and he would keep wickets for this team. The most victorious England captain, Eoin Morgan bats at number 5 position. He had been the heart and soul of KKR when their middle order completely collapsed in all the games. Stitching some great partnerships with Gill and Russell, Morgan steered the Knights to triumph. His consistency and experience makes him to lead this side.
A super 11 will be incomplete without featuring a carribean rockstar in the mix. At number 6 features big Polly. Kieron Pollard was smashing all around the park in the Carribean Premier League and the champion side Mumbai Indians were welcoming the homecoming of their assaulter. He scored a swashbuckling 47 off 20 balls against KXIP and pulled back an impossible chase against RCB scoring 60 off 24. He was handy with the ball as well and can roll his arm for a few overs. Jofra Archer skips in at 7 to share some big heaves. He bowls at ripping pace and would be the ideal finisher that every team wishes for. He bowls at the powerplay, mid overs and sears through the death overs. His economy is exceptional as well.
Spin tanker is led by the Afghan spin wizard Rashid Khan. In 4 matches he scalped 4 wickets which is lesser for his standards but he spun the bowling web so beautifully for the other bowlers to operate in tandem. He bowled a top spell of 3/14 against Delhi and bowled 16 dot balls in their victory against CSK. To partner him comes in Indian grandmaster Yuzvendra Chahal. If RCB see themselves on a victorious path till now in this season, the credit completely goes to Chahal. Right from the first match where he gripped the wet ball beautifully to rattle the SRH lineup. In 4 matches he has picked 8 wickets and holds the purple cap. The pace battery would see more charge in the form of Mohammad Shami at number 10. He has been India’s prime bowler over the last 1 year and continued the same form for KXIP. His straight seam and blistering pace leave batsman bamboozled. He was instrumental in Punjab’s victory and shares the leading wicket taker position with Chahal picking 8 wickets from 4 matches. Closing the squad will have some Protean power in the form of Kagiso Rabada. He has been Delhi’s main man ever since he was drafted into their side. Constantly clocking speeds at high 140s, he is an absolute nightmare for any batsman. Also when any team is left in a situation to face a super over, the captain can hand over the ball to Rabada and relax. With 7 wickets in 3 matches, he is a serious customer.
Two players who would be the ideal substitutes or replacement for this squad will be KL Rahul and Patrick Cummins. Rahul had stolen the show single handedly with his powerful century against RCB and composed innings against RR. He accumulated 239 runs off 4 innings. Pat Cummins came into this IPL as the most expensive player and KKR relied all their hopes on him. Although he let them down in their first match, the way he bounced back strongly to pull off fabulous victories against SRH and RR were simply superb. More importantly, he mentored the young guns in their team to attack with consistent lines and length.
Here is the final list of Super 11.
- Shubman Gill
- Mayank Agarwal
- Sanju Samson (wk)
- Ab de Villiers
- Eoin Morgan (c)
- Kieron Pollard
- Jofra Archer
- Rashid Khan
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Mohammad Shami
- Kagiso Rabada
- KL Rahul
- Pat Cummins