In Dream11 IPL 2020 Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has to face Delhi Capitals (DC) in an extremely crucial game on Saturday. The team management is in dilemma, whether to continue with the worst-performing top 3 in the entire tournament or to make changes for this crunch tie.
Their worst performance came against Royal Challengers Bangalore, where it’s top 3 scored just two runs.
Shubman Gill has become a permanent No.1 for KKR. But coach Brendon McCullum has been unable to find the right opening partner for him. Sunil Narine, KKR’s regular opener for past several IPL seasons has struggled for runs at the top. To sort this, the management decided to promote Rahul Tripathi to the top. However, he failed too. In seven matches the 29-year-old scored has scored 168 runs.
At No.3 is Nitish Rana. He too has been inconsistent. The big question ahead of the DC clash is “Will they make changes to their top 3?”
IPL 2020: KKR’s top 3 are the worst-performing vis-a-vis other IPL teams –
KXIP: Kings XI Punjab is the best performing unit in terms of top-order batting. KXIP skipper KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal alone have scored more than other teams. Put Chris Gayle in the mix they have amassed 1,044 runs in 23 matches at an average of 47.54.
DC: Delhi Capitals are second with 1,009 runs in 30 matches at an average of 41.51. Shikhar Dhawan’s two consecutive hundreds, Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw’s crucial contributions, have kept the team on the top of the table throughout the season so far.
SRH: Sunrisers Hyderabad might not be amongst the best performers this season, but they have been an exceptionally good batting side. David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey have been in red-hot form and have been a major inspiration for most wins this season. They have scored a total of 956 runs in 30 matches at an average of 34.19.
CSK: Chennai Super Kings at No.4 is surprising given their horrendous IPL 2020 season. While most of the lifting in CSK’s top-order has been done by Far du Plessis, Shane Watson’s performances later in the season, and Rayudu’s early knocks have helped them score 910 runs in 28 matches. The average of runs per match scored by the three are 40.06.
RCB: Barring Devdutt Paddikal, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s top-order batsman, Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch took their own sweet time to get into the groove. But once they did, RCB turned into a romping machine. They have scored 907 runs in 30 matches at an average of 38.34.
MI: Given the batting power Mumbai Indians sport, their top-order had found it hard to score initially. But as the tournament progressed the top 3 are finally returning to form, especially Quinton de Kock. The South African batsman has scored three consecutive fifties. However, Rohit Sharma will still be a concern for MI. Mumbai has scored 775 runs in 25 matches at an average of 33.76.
RR: Had it not been for KKR’s bad patch, RR would have topped the worst IPL 2020 top-order. The team has struggled to find the right combination throughout. In an unorthodox decision they to promote Ben Stokes as an opener. The decision has not reaped much fruit so far, as RR’s top-order woes continue. RR’s top 3 — Ben Stokes, Joe Buttler, and Steve Smith — have scored 746 runs in 26 matches at an average of 26.20.
KKR: Kolkata’s top order has contributed just 664 runs in 27 matches at an average of 25.68. The top-order predicament remain under the carpet for most of the first part of IPL. And that is when KKR won most of its matches. However, as IPL is moving closer to playoffs, the problem has resurfaced.
IPL 2020: Do KKR have options to replace 1 of the top 3 ?
There are not much options with KKR in the top-order. They can opt to bring in young Tom Banton, but then it would be the same thing all over again.
So it is unlikely that they will once again experiment their top three at this crucial stage of the tournament. KKR would hope that Gill, Tripathi and Rana find their form against DC