IPL 2020 full protection – Options, interviews, previews and extra

This is one of the best of ESPNcricinfo’s content material from the IPL 2020 season. For the total schedule and team-by-team information, click here.

Group previews

Kolkata Knight Riders: Explosive batting KKR’s biggest strength in pursuit of third IPL title

Rajasthan Royals: Combination questions for Rajasthan Royals with Ben Stokes doubtful

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Underachievers RCB look to new faces to fix old problems

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Inexperienced middle order the weak link for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kings XI Punjab: Will leaving out Chris Gayle give Kings XI Punjab better balance?

Delhi Capitals: Capitals start with all bases covered – except big hits down the order

Mumbai Indians: All bases covered, Mumbai Indians favourites to pick up fifth IPL title

Options and evaluation

Varun Aaron: The only reason I play the game is to play for the country
Not “stuck” with what occurred up to now, Aaron is eyeing the IPL to return to the nationwide staff

Wristspinners are in, but don’t write offspin off just yet
Fingerspinners are more and more making their presence felt within the powerplay in IPL matches, Andrew Fidel Fernando writes

Here’s an ideal starting XI for each 2020 IPL team
Former India, KKR and Rajasthan Royals batsman Aakash Chopra runs his eye over the IPL squads, selecting supreme beginning XIs for every staff

How has the Chennai Super Kings Dad’s Army fared since the last IPL?
CSK have relied on gamers of their mid-30s and made it to consecutive finals. However with 16 months gone for the reason that final IPL, can their skilled gamers nonetheless ship?

Smart Stats: Why David Warner topped Virat Kohli in IPL 2016
Absolutely the values of Kohli’s runs in 2016 are immense, however what in regards to the precise worth and impression on matches? Did one other participant rating fewer runs or take fewer wickets, however achieve this in additional high-pressure and demanding conditions?

The IPL can actually be good practice for the Australia-India series
Ian Chappell’s column

How do the 2020 IPL captains stack up?
We check out seven of the eight captains on this 12 months’s IPL and their types

Come to Think of it: Do you really want Virat Kohli in your T20 XI?
Why Kohli may not be the best T20 top-order batsman

Dream Team: One out of Kohli, Dhoni and Bumrah doesn’t make it to our best current IPL XI
Our panelists choose one of the best present IPL XI

How the Royal Challengers Bangalore have miscalculated over the years
As RCB look to arrest their stoop during the last three years, they’ve assembled a staff that appears extra balanced than the one from final season. This is a take a look at some miscalculations they’ve made through the years

Nagarkoti, Ahmed, Bishnoi head line-up of exciting uncapped Indian bowlers
A listing of uncapped Indian bowlers is a really thrilling one, with confirmed campaigners on the home degree and a smattering of Underneath-19 stars from the latest previous

Padikkal, Gaikwad in power-packed band of uncapped Indian batsmen
A listing of uncapped Indian batsmen options a few gamers who’ve been a part of, and impressed in, the IPL already, and a few who will wish to make their maiden forays memorable

Who will fill in for Malinga, Raina and Harbhajan in IPL?
The trio, who’re such big IPL icons, have pulled out of the event. ESPNcricinfo appears to be like at how their absence might impression their franchises

Who is the only bowler to bowl two Super Overs in the IPL and win both games?
Stats evaluation: And what is the fewest runs conceded in an IPL Tremendous Over?

Young ‘uns and big guns
Tymal Mills picks an all-time T20 XI from among the many cricketers he performed alongside

Interviews

Andrew McDonald: IPL 2020 is going to be all about managing the individual Rajasthan Royals’ head coach discusses the challenges of franchise cricket within the Covid-19 period and the benefit of getting a number of World Cup winners within the Royals squad

David Miller: ‘I’m in awe of Dhoni’s chases. I want to finish games like he does’
Miller on his function as a finisher, his learnings from watching MS Dhoni and taking part in alongside large names within the Royals aspect this IPL

From lockdown to IPL: ‘Can’t expect 100% intensity,’ say premier quicks and coaches With IPL 2020 set to start on September 19, what would be the focus after they exit to coach? We spoke to L Balaji, Irfan Pathan, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat and Sandeep Warrier to get an concept

KL Rahul: ‘Aggression for us will be to adapt, not go kaboom from ball one’ Rahul, who will make his debut as IPL captaincy for Kings XI, talks about his captaincy function mannequin, working with staff director and head coach Anil Kumble, and why Chris Gayle operating singles may not all the time be a very good signal.

IPL MVPs
We take a look at the six most impactful gamers within the historical past of the IPL utilizing ESPNcricinfo’s Good Stats instrument (min qualification 60 matches)
Rank 1: Andre Russell
Rank: 2: Chris Gayle
Rank: 3: Shane Watson
Rank: 4: Sunil Narine
Rank: 5: AB de Villiers
Rank 6: David Warner

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