The 13th season of the Indian Premier League is being played in the UAE. 38 matches have been played in the tournament so far and this time the battle to reach the playoffs continues. UAE pitches have scored well in the opening matches and so far the pitch has not troubled the batsmen that much. Batsmen like Dhawan and KL Rahul have scored runs on UAE pitches, while many explosive batsmen like Smith, Dhoni, Andre Russell have not been able to perform to their name. At the same time, there are some batsmen in the tournament, for whom this season is proving like a nightmare. The batsmen who hit the franchise in the auction with crores of rupees are looking to put up a six this season.
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Glen Maxwell – Kings XI Punjab added this player to the team by spending 10.75 crores and his performance in the series played against England also raised hopes that this season is going to be in his name. However, it has so far turned upside down. The batsman, who has the ability to hit bowlers off the field several times in an over, has not been able to make a six in the 13th season of IPL. Maxwell has played 10 matches this year and has only 90 runs from Maxwell’s bat. Maxwell’s strike rate has been 103.44 this year and so far he has hit only 8 fours.
Ben stokes After the initial two matches, when the Rajasthan Royals started losing, everyone expected Ben Stokes to come and reverse the fortunes of the team. If we look at the performance of the last one or two years, it seemed like a reality. However, Stokes could not change anything on the right. Stokes has played 4 matches so far and not a single six has been out of his bat yet. Stokes has scored 80 runs in 4 matches at a strike rate of 112.67 and has only 12 fours off his bat. If Stokes’s bat remains silent in the upcoming matches in a similar manner, then the Rajasthan Royals’ hopes of reaching the playoffs could come as a shock.
Kedar Jadhav Kedar Jadhav, who proved to be very effective in the last overs for Chennai Super Kings till last season, has been badly flopped this season. This is the reason why constant questions are being raised about his inclusion in the team. Jadhav, known for his clever batting, is among the list of batsmen whose bats have not missed a single six this season. Jadhav has scored a total of 62 runs in 8 matches played in the IPL 2020 at a strike rate of 93.93, during which he has just 7 fours off his bat. That is, Jadhav has played one less fours than the number of matches played this season (8).
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Not only this, there are many veteran batsmen who have been longing for runs this season. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has instilled fear in the mind of the biggest bowler, has hit just 6 sixes in 10 matches played this year. David Warner, who has the ability to easily cross any field of the world, has also hit 8 sixes in 9 matches played. It is clear the situation of UAE, where some batsmen have won a lot, while some bats have become such a trap, in which they have been trapped.