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IPL 2020 full coverage – Interviews, quizzes, analyses and more

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Here’s the best of ESPNcricinfo’s content from the IPL 2020 season. For the full schedule and team-by-team guide, click here.

Team 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

Features and analysis

Wristspinners are in, but don’t write offspin off just yet
Fingerspinners are increasingly making their presence felt in 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, picking ideal starting XIs for each team

How has the Chennai Super Kings Dad’s Army fared since the last IPL?
CSK have relied on players in their mid-30s and made it to consecutive finals. But with 16 months gone since the last IPL, can their experienced players still deliver?

Smart Stats: Why David Warner topped Virat Kohli in IPL 2016
The absolute values of Kohli’s runs in 2016 are immense, but what about the actual value and impact on matches? Did another player score fewer runs or take fewer wickets, but do so in more high-pressure and demanding situations?

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 take a look at seven of the eight captains in this year’s IPL and their styles

Come to Think of it: Do you really want Virat Kohli in your T20 XI?
Why Kohli might not be the ideal 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 pick the best current IPL XI

How the Royal Challengers Bangalore have miscalculated over the years
As RCB look to arrest their slump over the last three years, they have assembled a team that looks more balanced than the one from last season. Here’s a look at some miscalculations they have made over the years

Nagarkoti, Ahmed, Bishnoi head line-up of exciting uncapped Indian bowlers
A list of uncapped Indian bowlers is a very exciting one, with proven campaigners at the domestic level and a smattering of Under-19 stars from the recent past

Padikkal, Gaikwad in power-packed band of uncapped Indian batsmen
A list of uncapped Indian batsmen features a couple of players who have been part of, and impressed in, the IPL already, and some who will want to make their maiden forays memorable

Who will fill in for Malinga, Raina and Harbhajan in IPL?
The trio, who are such huge IPL icons, have pulled out of the tournament. ESPNcricinfo looks at how their absence could impact their franchises

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

Young ‘uns and big guns
Tymal Mills picks an all-time T20 XI from among the cricketers he played 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 in the Covid-19 era and the advantage of having multiple World Cup winners in the Royals squad

David Miller: ‘I’m in awe of Dhoni’s chases. I want to finish games like he does’
Miller on his role as a finisher, his learnings from watching MS Dhoni and playing alongside big names in the Royals side this IPL

From lockdown to IPL: ‘Can’t expect 100% intensity,’ say premier quicks and coaches With IPL 2020 set to begin on September 19, what will be the focus when they go out to train? We spoke to L Balaji, Irfan Pathan, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat and Sandeep Warrier to get an idea

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 role model, working with team director and head coach Anil Kumble, and why Chris Gayle running singles might not always be a good sign.

IPL MVPs
We look at the six most impactful players in the history of the IPL using ESPNcricinfo’s Smart Stats tool (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

Quizzes

Which Pakistan player played for RCB in the 2008 IPL?

Who holds the record for the highest individual score for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL?

Videos

Vijay Shankar: ‘Looking forward to facing CSK’ The allrounder talks about Sunrisers’ strengths and his personal goals for IPL 2020

Andrew McDonald: Great confidence having Stokes, Archer and Buttler in Rajasthan Royals Rajasthan Royals head coach Andrew McDonald hopes the team can learn from the 2019 ODI World Cup winners

Shreyas Iyer: ‘I enjoy batting against Rashid Khan’ The Delhi Capitals captain on what he’s looking forward to in IPL 2020

Varun Aaron: ‘Want to take 16-plus wickets in IPL 2020’ Rajasthan Royals quick on what he’s looking forward to this season

Dwayne Bravo: I’ve got a new slower ball The 500-wicket man looks ahead to IPL 2020

KKR has been one of the top teams since 2012 – Venky Mysore “A lot of stars have to align to win championships,” KKR CEO says

Mute me: Will CSK make the playoffs this year? Watch Raunak Kapoor, Dustin Silgardo, Sreshth Shah and Karthik Iyer take on each other about all things IPL

Dwayne Bravo: ‘Feels like I’m turning 27’ Dwayne Bravo talks about staying fit and why he doesn’t care about being named the MVP in the IPL



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IPL 2020 – CSK’s Shane Watson feels Ambati Rayudu should have played World Cup

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Shane Watson feels “it was a loss for India’s one-day team” that they didn’t pick Ambati Rayudu for the 2019 World Cup, saying after the middle-order batsman’s match-turning innings for Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians in the 2020 IPL opener that it was “incredible” the way he countered Jasprit Bumrah in Abu Dhabi.

“Rayudu batted absolutely beautifully for his 71 (in 48 balls),” Watson said in a chat during his T20 Superstars podcast. “He is an incredibly talented batsman and I think it was a loss for India’s one-day team by not picking him in the 2019 World Cup squad.

“To be able to take down Jasprit Bumrah like he did was incredible. He’s got scoring options all around the ground. And he’s got a fair bit of point to prove as well against his old team Mumbai.”

Rayudu walked in at 6 for 2 after two overs in the Super Kings’ chase of Mumbai’s 162 for 9. He then put on 115 runs with Faf du Plessis for the third wicket to put his team on the doorstep of victory, and the South African stayed till the end to finish with an unbeaten 58. But it was not just Rayudu and du Plessis. As Watson pointed out, new recruits Piyush Chawla and Sam Curran also played big hands – Chawla ended with figures of 1 for 21 in four overs, while Curran got 1 for 28 before smashing a crucial six-ball 18 at the death.

“Piyush Chawla bowled incredibly well, getting the crucial wicket of Rohit Sharma,” Watson said. “[His] 1 for 21 in four overs is an amazing start. Also, Sam Curran went for 28 runs in his spell and got the key wicket of Quinton de Kock. And then his cameo at the end, coming in when we needed a little bit of a burst in the run rate – 18 off six balls, what a start for him!”

Du Plessis’ hand was a crucial one, as it allowed Rayudu to play the way he wanted, with freedom. “Faf and his anchoring of our innings [was important]. 163 isn’t a massive total, but for him to anchor the innings was really crucial,” Watson said.

The Super Kings next play Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah on Tuesday, and would hope to make it two in two against a side that will miss one of its stalwarts – Jos Buttler – with a bit of uncertainty surrounding the participation of Ben Stokes and Steven Smith too.



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Mitchell Marsh out of IPL 2020, Sunrisers Hyderabad name Jason Holder as replacement

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Mitchell Marsh has become the first player to be ruled out of IPL 2020 because of injury. Marsh hurt his right ankle during Sunrisers Hyderabad’s first match of the tournament, on September 21 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. West Indies allrounder Jason Holder has been named Marsh’s replacement.

This is the second time in the last five years that Marsh has had to abort the tournament because of injury – in 2017, a shoulder problem cost him the entire IPL season for Rising Pune Supergiants.

Marsh was picked by the Sunrisers for his base price of INR 2 crore ($281,000 approx.) last December, and on fresh pitches, in conditions favouring fast bowlers in the first phase of this IPL in the UAE, Marsh was expected to be a first-choice player for the Sunrisers with his all-round skills.

ALSO READ: IPL 2020 – injurywatch

This will be Holder’s second stint with Sunrisers (after 2014-15) and fourth overall in the IPL. Holder has previously featured for Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Despite being one of the top allrounders in Test cricket, Holder has failed to impose himself in limited-overs cricket over the years, and while he remains the Test captain for West Indies, he lost the white-ball captaincy to Kieron Pollard last year.

In the December 2020 IPL auction, Holder had put his base price at INR 75 lakh ($100,000 approx.), but went unsold more than once. More recently Holder led Barbados Tridents in the CPL 2020, where they finished fifth in the six-team table. Holder scored 192 runs at a strike rate of 140.14, and also picked up ten wickets at an economy rate of 6.63, while also bowling the most maidens in the competition (four).

According to the Covid-19 protocols put in place by the IPL, Holder would need to undergo the mandatory six-day quarantine and clear the testing process before he can join the Sunrisers squad.



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Delhi Capitals v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2020, 2nd match

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Welcome to ESPNcricinfo’s Rolling Report of the second IPL 2020 match, this one featuring Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab – two of the three teams to have never won the tournament – in Dubai. On one side, we have the likes of Shreyas Iyer, R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rishabh Pant, Kagiso Rabada and others. On the other, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Glenn Maxwell, Jimmy Neesham, Nicholas Pooran, and others. Stay with us to know how it goes…

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