With the IPL reaching its business end, we will be looking at players who came into their sides mid-way and changed the tournament.
South African all-rounder Chris Morris is one of the most expensive buys of the IPL this season. The Royal Challengers have his services at the cost of INR ten crores.
Morris didn’t play the initial games for his side as he was injured.
Despite the injury, the management was keen to get Morris on the field and ensure that Morris stays motivated and recovers in time.
In the past, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have struggled in the death overs.
Chris Morris has been called upon this season to help solve Bangalore’s finishing troubles.
He is used in the powerplay and death overs and is doing an exceptional job to keep his economy rate under 6.
Morris is the most economical bowler this season and has combined well with Navdeep Saini to form a robust, fast-bowling pair.
Both of them together is an intimidating prospect for batsmen as they can touch high speeds with ease.
He has played six games so far and took ten wickets.
Along with bowling, Chris Morris is a very aggressive batsman and can provide good finishes and AB De Villiers.
The Kolkata Knight Riders are a team with a lot of overseas options.
They started the IPL with Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Andre Russel, and Sunil Narine as the overseas players.
IPL 2020 has been very good for pacers, and bowlers like Rabada and Archer have been having a perfect time.
With many overseas options, it’s been tough for Ferguson to get a game.
He finally got his chance when Sunil Narine’s action was warned, making him miss few games.
He bowled a fiery spell against the Sunrisers Hyderabad and took three wickets. He followed his three wickets with two more in the super over, sealing the game for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Lockie Ferguson can bowl 150+ and is the second most economical bowler in the league after Chris Morris.
He has picked up six wickets in four matches.
Jason Holder came into the tournament as a replacement for all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.
While he has been in the side, Jason Holder couldn’t get a game as Sunrisers used Kane Williamson instead.
After seven games on the sidelines, Jason Holder finally got a chance due to an injury to Kane Williamson.
Jason Holder is a handy lower-order batsman who can also bowl at any stage of the game.
He may not be express pace but uses his height well to bowl uncomfortable deliveries.
He is also highly experienced and is the current captain of the West Indies Test side.
His experience is useful as the side is already missing their most experienced bowler, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, due to injury.
Playing his first game of the season against the Royals, Jason Holder contributed with a direct hit to run Robin Uthappa.
He bowled an economical spell and took two more wickets as RR made 154.
Jason Holder took another two wickets against Punjab, including the wicket of Chris Gayle.
Without much cricket under his belt in recent months, Chris Gayle wasn’t picked for the first few games as the side decided to play younger players.
He was supposed to make a comeback but skipped another two games because of a stomach bug.
He came in with the side last on the table, having won one game out of seven.
Kings XI Punjab was on the verge of elimination at that point in the tournament.
The middle-order was not very strong with Maxwell out of form. Due to an unstable middle-order, Punjab could not use good starts given by the top order.
They struggled to close out easy chases as well, and the form of the side made Rahul change his approach this IPL.
Rahul looked to anchor the innings rather than go on the aggressive side due to the middle-order form.
Chris Gayle recovered from his stomach bug and came into the side.
He was asked to bat at number three so that the successful opening pair doesn’t get disturbed.
Chris Gayle, not opening is an unusual sight, particularly in the IPL, and was questioned as well.
However, the movie turned out to be a masterstroke as Gayle added experience to the middle-order and scared bowlers.
His presence made Nicholas Pooran look more dangerous and also allowed KL Rahul to bat freely.
He has made two fifties on return and has gotten off to reliable starts on the other occasions.
He hit a six to put Punjab ahead in the double super over the game against Mumbai.
He has so far hit 15 sixes this IPL and made 177 runs.
His presence at number three helps Punjab maintain the opening pair’s momentum and allows the middle-order to play more freely, increasing the scoring rate.