It is always heartening to see a young player come in and make everyone take notice, as it signals the passing of the baton, of the new generation germinating, sprouting its feathers and taking that huge leap of faith into the world of the elite. But not everyone who takes that leap of faith lands into paradise.
Players lose themselves in transition, unable to cope with the burden of expectations and that viscous thing called ‘self doubt’. But when you have achieved a certain level of excellence in your profession, life does keep throwing in those bouts of opportunities, which if dealt with properly, can help you get multiple shots at glory. And Sanju Samson, someone who has been held in the highest regard by so many, finally came good once again after under performing for an entire season.
For the Delhi Daredevils to have had made any mark in this tournament, their young Indian batting line up had to find a way to come good on the big stage, and boy did they deliver last night. Sanju Samson paced his innings to perfection and was well supported by Rishab Pant in the middle overs, when the future of Indian cricket took the mantle of taking Delhi to a formidable score against the Pune side.
Chris Morris then came in and absolutely tonked the ball to all parts of the field to help Delhi cross the 200 mark. RPS had a huge task at hand and succumbed to it too meekly. None of their batsmen got going and the DD bowlers kept chipping in wickets all through.
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RPS seem to be in familiar territory, where just like last season they can’t seem to find their batting line up jelling as a unit. Steve Smith’s freak show stole the game for them against Mumbai, but as a side they still lack that spine needed to win the entire tournament. It’s only a matter of coming off well as a team, and maybe that turnaround is just round the corner, we’ll have to wait and see.
Let’s get to business now!
IPL Fantasy League
Transfer out: Ben Stokes, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar
Transfer in: David Warner, Moises Henriques/Rashid Khan, Bipul Sharma/Krunal Pandya
Now, I already have Rohit Sharma, Jos Buttler, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in my side for this game!
The first player that I get in for this game is David Warner. Warner played a special innings in his last game against the Lions and on the Wankhede road he should be able to pile up the runs once again.
As far as overseas players are concerned, I can bring in only one more for this game, as Glenn Maxwell has a game tomorrow. So, it’s going to be a straight toss up between Moises Henriques and Rashid Khan. Also, there is talk that the Fizz would be back for tomorrow’s game, but I won’t bring him in tomorrow for sure, as he anyway hasn’t been in great form off late, and shouldn’t be able to do too much on the Wankhede paradise.
Moises Henriques would have been the obvious choice, if he would have bowled his quota of 4, but Warner hasn’t given him more than 2 overs so far, and thus that drastically affects his ‘impact potential’. But Henriques has been in great touch with the bat and the batting conducive Mumbai pitch will play into his hands.
Rashid Khan has had a brilliant IPL as far as now and could do well against the Mumbai Indians as well, but his nemesis in Mumbai won’t be the opponent, it will be the dew. And thus that makes me a little cynical when I think about getting him in!
So, get in Rashid only if SRH bowl first as the dew is more prominent during the second innings. Get Moises in if SRH bat first.
Now, let’s come to the Yuvraj conundrum. He was scintillating in the first game but didn’t get an opportunity in the second one. So, should you opt for him? I would say no! The major reason for that being the attack that he will be against. Yuvi has always been susceptible to the short ball, and Mitch McCleneghan is an amazing exponent of that. Also, Malinga and Bumrah’s skill could prove to be a little too much for Yuvi and it just isn’t worth the gamble at this point.
Also, if you are hell bent on bringing him in, get him in only if SRH bat first, as he might not get a chance to contribute much in the second innings.
I don’t see Shikhar Dhawan and Keiran Pollard as viable Fantasy options and hence I’ll avoid discussing about them
For the uncapped player, I’ll be going with Bipl Sharma if Mumbai bat second, as I’ll be getting in Moises Henriques in that condition, and hence would have just 650,000 to spend on my uncapped player, and Bipul seems to be the best option in that price range. I can’t get in Rana in this case as I have to deal with the squad balance clause as well. If SRH bat second, I’ll be getting in Krunal Pandya, as in that case I would have brought in Rashid Khan, and thus would have enough in the bank to get in Krunal, whom I rate higher than Rana, mainly because of his all round abilities.
Captain: David Warner/Jos Buttler(whoever bats second)
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