IPL has evolved throughout its seasons becoming one of the largest league cricket enterprises in the world. Apart from loads of money invested in the event making Indian cricketers richer than ever, the tournament is able to up-bring cricket talents in the country. The current international squad has several cricketers lunched from IPL podium. The tournament has been offering essential takeaways after every season as it developed and matured. These stats and information has been crucial for the fraternity, cricketers and cricket think tanks. This season as well, had several features, emerging as contrasting basics.
Big hits reaching new heights
IPL 2018 season witnessed more big hits than ever in the tournament’s history. Although, there has been a trend in rising number of sixes after each season, this year the ‘mercury rising’ was steep. In season 2017, Glenn Maxwell struck the highest number of sixes, plundering to 26 big boundaries. This season several players crossed that figure. Nine players including Rishabh Pant, Kane Williamson, MS Dhoni, knocked more sixes that Maxwell’s previous year strike. In the latest tournament Rishabh Pant became the biggest smasher knocking 37 sixes.
Spinners dominate powerplays
Spin dominated the season. Stuffing the powerplay overs with pace options has been the traditional mode in the tournament so far. However, in season 2018, spinners had the first overs of the inning. Spin was introduced in the first 10 overs in several matches, while they also become a proven strategy to implement in the powerplay overs. In this season, Ashwin’s tactic to introduce spin in powerplay seemed to make a difference, but it did not work every time. In season pervious two seasons spinners bowled 130 and 158 overs in powerplay, but this time the figure soared to 191.
In this season teams did not seem to emphasize more on number of wickets at hand. This particular trend has been apparent in earlier seasons too, but this time it was quite abrupt. In the match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, in particular, they lost a couple of wickets in the early overs even when they could have saved them. In several matches, batsmen were used like floaters and the experiment with losing wickets helped some teams. Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad as well, used the strategy to gain high scores.
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