The stamp of an incredible T20 group can be decided by how they play in the middle overs. For this, a team needs a strong middle order. There is definitely no time for the batsman to get an eye in about the situation. He needs to get moving from the ball 1 in the T20 format. If we take a look at the history of IPL, a group with a powerful middle-order has gone ahead in the tournament.
With this year’s IPL, it is vital that a group’s middle-order fires. The pitch condition will definitely worsen as the competition advances to the next levels, and any team’s contribution of batting no 4, 5, 6 and 7 will be important.
Check the top 5 middle-orders in IPL and rank them.
1. Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR has perhaps the best and most assaulting middle-order in this year’s IPL. They have two of the best finishers on their team: Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik. There are discussions in the KKR camp that Andre Russell may move up the order and bat at 3 or 4.
Andre Russell won numerous matches for KKR without any assistance last season. We have witnessed his batting performance in this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL). On the other hand, Morgan has prospered as a limited-overs batsman in the middle-order. The captain of KKR is similarly dangerous in the last few overs of the match.
If this trio, along with the help of young Indian cricketers like Nitish Rana or Rinku Singh, both can create the fire on the crease.
Possible middle-order batsmen for KKR
Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell.
2. Mumbai Indians
The middle order of MI flaunts players like Kieron Pollard, the Pandya brothers, and Ishan Kishan. These players are perhaps the hardest hitters of the cricket ball and can hit from ball 1 in the T20 matches. These angles make them as solid on paper as KKR.
Possible middle-order batsmen of MI
Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya.
3. Royal Challengers Bangalore
This may come as a shock to the fans other than the RCB fans. However, the RCB middle-order of IPL 2020 can take away any game from the opponent team without any resistance. They no longer appear depending only on Virat Kohli or AB de Villiers and have players like Aaron Finch and Chris Morris.
Aaron Finch, AB De Villiers, Moeen Ali, and Chris Morris, the 4 cricketers from overseas have a superb history in T20, while Shivam Dube is a destructive player himself in this format.
Possible middle-order batsmen of RCB
AB De Villiers, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris.
4. Delhi Capitals
The Delhi Capitals are a group that has a heavy Indian batting line-up this IPL 2020. They have players like Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmeyer, Shreyas Iyer in their middle-order. These players are among the most capable in this cricket generation.
DC’s batsman dazzled last season, and with Stoinis and Hetmyer in the team, their middle order is substantially stronger and adaptable. They may appear to be less powerful than Russell or Pollard. However, they can be dangerous when they get into their full form.
Possible middle-order batsmen of the Delhi Capitals
Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis.
5. Kings XI Punjab
Nicholas Pooran, the exciting batsman, has intrigued numerous eyes in his short cricket career. Hence, he will be an important part of KXIP. The team has included Glenn Maxwell in the squad and he has put in some explosiveness in the middle-order in IPL 2020, which was missing for the team in the last season.
The young Indian cricketers like Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, and Deepak Hooda have a big task to relieve the pressure of the mentioned two and play well. As a cricket fan, we see the batting line-up of KXIP looks steadier than the one they had in the last IPL season.
Possible middle-order batsmen of KXIP
Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh.