Cricket fans have their eyes on the calendar as the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will resume in September in UAE. The gala T20 competition was suspended midway on May 4 all thanks to the COVID-19 virus. The pandemic even forced BCCI to conduct the remaining games out of India. Hence, it would be interesting to see what strategies all the teams will opt for.
Promoting a hard-hitting tail-ender has become a trend in the T20s and many teams could follow this when the competition resumes. With these pinch-hitters batsmen having a license to swing their arms freely, they play attacking shots without much hesitation. The quick-fire cameo of these batters often boosts the scoring rate and also disturbs the bowling team’s momentum. Hence, some IPL teams can opt for this approach in UAE.
Here we look at three tail-enders who can be sent as pinch-hitters in second leg of the IPL 2021 in the UAE
3) Shardul Thakur
Thakur’s batting prowess is hidden from none and Chennai Super Kings might be tempted to send him up the order. The right-handed batsman can play shots all over the park is also known for scoring under pressure. With CSK having a deep batting line-up, they might take the gamble of sending Shardul up the order.
2) Kyle Jamieson
The New Zealand star is one of the hottest properties going around in world cricket and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) would be counting on him to shine in the UAE leg. While Jamieson showcased his bowling skills during the matches held in India, his big-hitting can be utilized in UAE. With dashers like AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell in the ranks, Virat Kohli might think about sending Jamieson in the top three.
1) Rashid Khan
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Besides bamboozling batters with his mysterious deliveries, the leg-spinner can also make an impact with the willow in hand. Rashid is a strong hitter and playing unorthodox shots isn’t beyond his reach either. On various occasions, the dasher has also helped Sunrisers Hyderabad with his magnificent cameos. Hence, the Orange Army could think about sending him up the order.