The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is just three days away now, and the teams are out all blazing in preparation for the tournament in the UAE.
The opening contest of the season will see the defending champions Mumbai Indians take on the Chennai Super Kings on September 19 in Abu Dhabi.
With the Twenty20 format of the game becoming increasingly batsman-friendly, the batting side often rack up some massive totals in the final five overs of an innings. Here, comes the importance of good death bowling in the game. The death bowling has become one of the key aspects in turning the course of a match. Teams nowadays shed out a heavy investment on bowlers who can be efficient as well as attacking in the death.
As the IPL 2020 is all set to start, we bring you four of the best death bowling pairs to look out for this season.
- Jasprit Bumrah – Trent Boult (Mumbai Indians)
Not much needs to be said about this pair, as both Bumrah and Boult are arguably the most lethal bowlers in international cricket at the moment. Bumrah is currently the best death bowler in business while Trent Boult brings in a lot of experience to the game, with both the pacers having a deadly Yorker in their arsenal, which they deliver at will.
Boult and Bumrah, placed at No. 1 and No. 2 in the ICC rankings at the moment will undoubtedly form the best death bowling pair for the defending champions.
2. Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Siddharth Kaul (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Although Bhuvneswar Kumar’s fitness still has some questions lingering over it, the Indian pacer is expected to play a defining role for the Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH) bowling at the death alongside fellow India pacer Siddharth Kaul. Both Kumar and Kaul have done well for SRH over the past few years. With Kumar being able to swing the old ball and Kaul perfecting the knuckleball, these two are expected to be very handy for the SRH at the death.
4. Deepak Chahar – Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings)
With Deepak Chahar getting the clearance from BCCI to join the team after returning two negative tests for COVID-19, it is very likely that the Chennai Super Kings will continue with their tried-and-tested pair of Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo at the death.
Chahar has been excellent in the last five overs the previous season, while Bravo has always been one of the best in the death with a brilliant slower ball. Coming out of a great Caribbean Premier League season, Bravo along with Chahar will surely be up for it with the conditions in the UAE expected to suit their style of bowling.
4. Pat Cummins – Ali Khan (Kolkata Knight Riders)
The Kolkata Knight Riders roped in Pat Cummins with a whopping 14 crore in the IPL auction earlier this year, making him the most expensive overseas player in the history of the IPL. He will be the spearhead in the KKR pace attack. Cummins work will be clearly cut out in the tournament as he will have to lead from the front, taking the new ball at the start and come back with the older ball at the death. Cummins will get a great support by the young Ali Khan, who was recently roped in by KKR making him the first USA player to be a part of the IPL. Khan has been roped after a great season in the Caribbean Premier League.
With speeds of 140+kph Khan known to have a very good Yorker and loves bowling in the slog overs, he will be the perfect partner for Cummins with the ball. The only issue for KKR would be to find a place for both the pacers in the playing XI, as only four overseas players can be a part of the playing XI.
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