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Whose neck tattoo is cooler?
Hardik's? Or Rayudu's?
Hardik's? Or Rayudu's?
Would agree, this is the first of the results post my prediction that has been wrong which would put KKR at 14pts with KXIP if my other predictions are correct - with KXIP almost certainly winning that battle v KKR on NRR. But always nice for qualification to be sealed as early as possible so if there are one or two poor performances at end of the league stage it only costs us a top 2 spot rather than a playoff spot completely.Think RCB will win the next game and make it through as #2. Expect DC to finish 3rd too. Maybe KXIP will be the 4th.
For me they are the exact reason I dislike the blanket statement of your best players should bat at the top and play the most amount of balls. Of course you need these star players to play enough balls that they make an impact but simply mindlessly putting your best players at the top leads to a top-heavy batting lineup where middle order batsman are batting way out of position or aren't all that great. The weakness in India at the moment seems to be middle order batting (for T20s) who bats 5 and 6 - MI have the Pandyas, DC have Pant but there are not all that many domestic batsman you can trust time and time again at 5 and 6. This isn't just hindsight either but it seemed obvious to open with Uthappa, I know Stokes played a great knock last time out but there is no way I'd open with him. I like the idea of Buttler as a finisher but he's done too well opening for RR to go away from that. I say finisher I really mean comes in at 11/12 overs mark gets himself in and explodes at the death.Such a fickle format though. RR have the kind of superstars that can crush you into oblivion on their night.
DK for KKR too, FTR. And Jadeja is becoming one for CSK.The weakness in India at the moment seems to be middle order batting (for T20s) who bats 5 and 6 - MI have the Pandyas, DC have Pant but there are not all that many domestic batsman you can trust time and time again at 5 and 6.
Yeah my bad missing out DK although not sure on Jadeja. A very nice player to have in an XI but not sure I see him as a 5/6 in the same way as the others mentioned - I'd see him more as a number 7 but even if we included him there is definetly a lack of depth in that area compared to say those who can open or play in the top order.DK for KKR too, FTR. And Jadeja is becoming one for CSK.