IPL 2019: Three Teams Might Consider a New Skipper in Season 12
It has been eight days since the culmination of the Indian Premier League’s edition 12 when Mumbai Indians (MI) thump Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by a run in the never-jangling finale at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on May 12 (Sunday) in Hyderabad.
Owing to a thrilling final over finishes, Indians stepped up at the right team – to end up clinching their record fourth title since 2013. In the IPL 2019, the fans had witnessed Super Kings dominating the charts until the fag end of group stage fixtures, but Indians has had shown class only to sit atop on the points table.
Apart from the nail-biting finishes, the recently-concluded domestic Twenty20 professional has witnessed a fair share of controversies.
In between a couple of teams have faced a torrid team while losing six straight fixtures.
The miscalculations from the teams were enough to reflect how captaincy could have been done in a better possible way despite results falling in another way.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) have already announced their skipper in the form of Steven Smith. It came following the sacking of Ajinkya Rahane.
Moreover, Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) leader Ravichandran Ashwin has a lot to prove despite a good start since 2018.
Let’s have a look at the team which are in dire need of changing a guard.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Following a decent start, Dinesh Karthik-led side – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has faced the heat after six consecutive loses.
The two-time champions had failed to make it to the playoffs. They finished fifth on the points table with just six wins. The disappointing show was telling on players which further saw the muddling things amid the IPL season.
In between Karthik has drawn the criticism for his glaring errors which included not his Andre Russell according to the situation. Thus the tactical mistakes resulted in creating a not-so-cordial atmosphere in the change room.
Evidently, even the things flared-up on the field when Karthik had a heated exchange with in-form Andre Russell.
In between, Karthik could do much with the bat as he ended up with season with 253 in 14 matches. This is a clear indicator that KKR would like to have a look at new captain following all the drama which unfolded in season 12.
The runners-up of the IPL 2019, Sunrisers Hyderabad, had somehow made it to the top four. But the dismal show from regular skipper Kane Williamson has remained a cause of the concern.
However, during the IPL season, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also led his side when in Willaimson’s absence. SRH has managed to win six games. The victories mostly came when David Warner and Jonny Bairstow did the bulk of the job at the top.
Well, if Hyderabad management would like to consider a skipper, Warner could be in the contention.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
So far, many have had criticised Virat Kohli’s captaincy role, but we are not questioning his potential as a team leader. Despite all the hardwork himself as a batsman, Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) might consider a skipper. This could be done to allow the stylish top-order batsman play according to his will.
On the other side, while leading India across all formats is the primary factor that Kohli has possibly lacked in results. Besides, the workload somewhat gets tricky in a fast-paced T20 league.
Meanwhile, Kohli himself has led the RCB’s batting charts with 464 runs in 14 innings at an average of 33.14. On the other side, AB de Villiers accumulated 442 runs in 12 matches at an average of 44.20.
In conclusion, the lack of more impact players has often cost them games.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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