Dubai, September 20
Virat Kohli will start his quest for an elusive IPL title when perennial under-achievers Royal Challengers Bangalore tackle David Warner’s low profile however constant Sunrisers Hyderabad of their opening IPL encounter right here on Monday.
Both groups possess harmful batsmen who can single-handedly take the sport away from the opposition.
Kohli has all the time led from the entrance however he is aware of his seek for a maiden title will stay incomplete if the workforce doesn’t carry out in all departments.
The addition of Australian restricted overs captain Aaron Finch to the squad provides the star-studded batting line up extra firepower. Expectations are additionally excessive from extremely rated younger opener Devdutt Padikal.
On the opposite hand, Warner, whose exploits within the IPL embrace profitable the ‘Orange Cap’ thrice and main his aspect to a maiden title triumph in 2016, will as soon as once more pair up with the harmful Jonny Bairstow.
The formidable opening duo, that shattered a number of data together with the very best opening partnership in IPL historical past in opposition to RCB final season, will hope to emulate the earlier version’s exploits. Sunrisers even have the batting prowess of Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mitchell Marsh and Fabian Allen.
Following a nightmarish 2019 season once they completed final, RCB appear to have a lot better steadiness however there capability to hit late within the innings is but to be examined.
Sunrisers’ blind spot additionally lies within the lack of depth of their batting order. The franchise has invested in children like Virat Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, and Abdul Samad and the administration within the hopes that certainly one of them might turn out to be the very important cog within the center order.
A workforce that’s identified for its depth and variation in bowling, Sunrisers’ core unit stays unchanged. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will spearhead the tempo division with Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul and Basil Thampi enjoying secondary roles.
Armed with presence of the highest T20 bowler Afghanistan leggie Rashid Khan and no.1 all-rounder within the format Mohammad Nabi, who was in a terrific kind within the recently-concluded CPL, Sunrisers have among the finest spin bowling assaults within the event. They even have left-armer Shahbaz Nadeem.
RCB additionally boasts of a potent spin unit, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will once more be the important thing as he has been over the previous seasons with Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Adam Zampa and Moeen Ali lending extra choices.
RCB have additionally addressed the difficulty of their weak dying bowling that plagued their marketing campaign final season. The franchise has purchased South African bowling all-rounder Chris Morris.
At the helm of each side are Australians, Sunrisers have appointed Trevos Baylis, who guided England to their maiden ODI World Cup title final yr, as coach, RCB has positioned its religion in Simon Katich to steer them.
The Squads (From):
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner ©, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mitchell Marsh, Abhishek Sharma, Bavanaka Sandeep, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, KhaleelAhmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, TNatarajan, Basil Thampi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Isuru Udana, Moeen Ali, Josh Phillppe, Pawan Negi, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav. PTI