With half the IPL finished, we notice that many players have surprisingly been on the bench throughout the season. While some have been tactical, few inclusions may be logical given the sides they play in.
With the mid-season transfer coming up, there may be a case for certain players to move to other franchises. Despite the mid-season transfer, we will be looking at players who will get chances for the franchises they are currently playing for.
Purple cap winner in IPL 2019, Imran Tahir, has come into the IPL with a spectacular record in the CPL. With a thought that Tahir would be deadly in UAE’s slow pitches, Imran Tahir has many expectations.
Despite all the expectations, Tahir has been left on the bench as his side played eight games so far.
While the 41-year old has been patiently waiting for his turn on the bench, his exclusion merits a reasonable discussion.
Including Imran Tahir has been difficult for MS Dhoni, as Tahir is an overseas player.
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In a team that contains in-form foreigners who have been crucial to CSK in the past, it has been not easy to get Tahir off the bench.
With the pitches slowing down, it will be interesting to see if MS Dhoni changes the combination to include Imran Tahir.
The Universe Boss, who has conquered so many bowlers worldwide, is yet to get a game in IPL 2020.
Not having much game time and having pulled out of the CPL this year, Chris Gayle has had various factors going against his team spot.
While he is an immense motivator and an impact player, the Kings XI have found it difficult to fit him in the side, which contains talented overseas players.
With few overseas players not at their best, we may see Chris Gayle get some time as we advance this season.
Mayank Markande broke into the scene with his magnificent leg-spin bowling.
He was a key bowler for Mumbai Indians in 2018. Following a wonderful season, his form dipped as he failed to merit aside in the eleven for Mumbai in 2019.
Playing for Rajasthan this season, Mayank Markande wouldn’t have gotten much game time initially with Shreyas Gopal present as a crucial leg-spinner for Rajashtan.
While Shreyas Gopal has been a little off-color, it may be a viable option to bring Markande in, giving Gopal some rest.
Ishan Porel is a talented fast bowler who can bowl over 140kph with ease. He burst into the scene during the 2018 world cup with some wonderful spells.
With Kings XI Punjab struggling in the death, they may look to get Ishan Porel off the bench to provide some variety to their attack.
As of now, they have looked at Arshdeep Singh and Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman, making Porel wait for his spot.
Tom Banton is an aggressive opener perfectly built for the T20 format. His ability to get going straight off the blocks makes him an asset to any side.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have used Narine as an opener while backing their regular overseas players so far.
With Narine struggling as an opener and Russel out of form, Banton may be a good option. Getting him off the bench and at the top in Narine’s place may allow the Knight Riders to get off to consistent starts often.
With Narine out due to his action, Banton may get a few more chances in the side. There may be questions regarding Banton’s position once Narine is back.
The discussions may be on whether Banton stays in the side for overseas batsmen or goes out while the Knight Riders go back to their old combination.`