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What to look out forward to in this year's IPL?
So, it is that time of the year ! IPL is back for its 12th edition and this perhaps might be the most peculiar season. Reasons include the upcoming general elections, but most importantly, it is the World Cup in the month of June that every nation has its eyes on. So, let's look at some of the points we can look forward to in the coming couple of months :How will India's fast bowlers manage their workload: Fast bowlers are most fragile when exposed to continuous cricket. So, it will be interesting to see how the bowlers who are in contention for world cup(Bhuvi, Bumrah, Shami, Khaleel, Pandya) manage their workload so as to remain fresh for the mega event in June. How will franchisees react to international players' unavailability: No matter how popular and competitive IPL is, it is still well below the world cup when it comes to comparing the importance of both the events. So, naturally, international players will be called back to train in their respective countries somewhere in the 2nd half of the tournament. So, how the teams react to this and how they use their backups remains to be seen.Auditions for final spots: While the core of India's eleven is fixed, the total 15 players' lineup is yet to be decided. So, this is the final tournament where players who are on the verge of getting selected/rejected can stake their claim. Those fringe players are : KL, Pant, DK, Vijay Shankar, Jadeja, Khaleel and they surely will treat this IPL as a final audition. Although the Indian skipper said that IPL performances won't be counted for the world cup, some excellent form shown by some players surely can't go unnoticed !Swan song for some players: Like every year, some players will hang up their boots for the most popular T20 tournament. But this year, those players are the ones who have made IPL what it never could have been if it wasn't for them. The likes of Malinga, Gayle, and even possibly Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Watson could be playing their final year. These are the players who have not only made IPL popular, but also promoted T20 cricket across the globe and we would surely like them to go out with a bang.Will RCB finally cross the line? Perhaps one of the most unluckiest teams when it comes to winning the IPL. They have had the two of the best batsmen in the world in Virat and AB for so long and yet they haven't tasted success. Not only them, they even had some very great players like Gayle, Starc, Mcculum, Vettori, Kumble, Dravid, Zaheer, but collectively, they haven't been able to deliver. So, from a fan's point of view, I think everyone wants them to win at least once and see some AB fireworks in the process.
Wasim Akram, the Pakistani legend appreciates Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling acumen
The Indian death over specialist bowler Jasprit Bumrah has won several accolades from cricket fans from around the World. This time the appreciation came from no other than the Pakistani legend Wasim Akram who was himself an exceptional bowler. After his exceptional performances in the Test matches against Australia, Bumrah has been rested for the one day series against Australia and against the Kiwis In his absence, the pace attack will be led by his colleagues, Bhuwaneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami. India is still not settled on the third bowling option in place of Jasprit Bumrah yet. Source Khaleel Ahmed, Vijay Shankar and Mohammed Siraj have all been given a chance and they will definitely get a chance to make their case over the next four months to book a flight ticket this English summer to the British Isles for the World cup. It is well known that the pace bowlers will get a good feel of the wickets that they are likely to face in England this summer. The cold and blustery weather should give them a chance to hone their skills in their preparation of the World Cup much better than they will be able to do in the matches that they will play later in India. Wasim Akram was all praise for Bumrah and was of the opinion that he has can bowl the best and most effective yorker in World cricket today. What makes Bumrah special is that he can bowl the ball consistently through his last spell in the inning when the opposition batsmen are looking to go after the bowling. Another factor that comes into play is his awkward bowling action whereby the batsman hesitates for that fraction of a second before making up his mind on how to play the ball. Combining the three attributes make him the most dangerous fast bowler in the world today. Source Wasim Akram is of the opinion is that since Bumrah has spent a lot of his early career playing tennis ball cricket, it gives him a good sense of where to land the Yorker. The 25-year-old bowler made his debut against Australia in the ODI matches played in 2006. In the 44 ODI matches so far he has captured 78 wickets bowling with the white ball. His best performances as a bowler have been taking 5 wickets by conceding only 27 runs. That shows his calibre as a fast bowler in limited overs cricket. While Bumrah’s place is assured along with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, India will be looking to finalise the places for another at least two fast bowlers in their world cup squad. I think that Mohammed Shami is also assured of a place while the fourth place will be decided between Siraj, Shankar and Khaleel. I would go with Mohammed Khaleel to complete the squad of the fast bowlers.
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