New Delhi. It will be clear today which team Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s (MS Dhoni) Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will face in the final of IPL 2021. In the league, the second qualifier will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals (KKR vs DC) in Sharjah today. Which team will win this match. She will cut the ticket for the final. Delhi Capitals had to face defeat at the hands of Chennai in the first qualifier. Now this is the last chance for Rishabh Pant to make it to the finals. If you miss here, then the wait to win the first title will get longer.
Delhi Capitals has performed brilliantly in the IPL for the last few years. Delhi is the only team, which has been playing the playoffs continuously for 3 years. The biggest strength of the team is to choose the best playing-11 according to the need and change it only when it is very necessary to do so. Despite Marcus Stoinis missing out on five matches, Delhi topped the league phase this season. But after the defeat to Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier-1, the balance of the team seems to be disturbed.
Ashwin adding trouble to Delhi Capitals
At the same time, the bowling form of R Ashwin is also increasing the headache of the team. Ashwin has taken only 4 wickets in 7 matches played in the second phase of IPL 2021. In such a situation, the question is arising whether Pant will give a chance to this off-spinner against KKR. At the moment, the equations that are being made are pointing towards Ashwin getting another chance. Because Capitals used players like Lalit Yadav, Steve Smith, Tom Karen to compensate for Stoinis. But none of them could strike a balance like Stoinis. In such a situation, Pant can bet only on Ashwin to maintain the best combination against KKR. However, his performance has been lackluster.
Worst average and strike rate of Ashwin
Ashwin has not been effective in the UAE so far. He played a total of 7 matches in the UAE leg. Out of this, he could not take a single wicket in 3 matches. He has not even bowled the full 4 overs of his quota in every match. Which will only be said to increase the headache of the captain. In this season, Ashwin has taken only five wickets in 12 matches at an average of 60.80 and a strike rate of 49.0. Ashwin has the worst average and strike rate among the 22 bowlers who have bowled at least 40 overs in the tournament.
Ashwin’s lackluster performance increased the pressure on other bowlers
Ashwin’s economy rate is higher than the rest of the team’s spinner Akshal Patel, Lalit Yadav. Ashwin has given 304 runs in 12 matches at an economy rate of 7.44. While Akshar has given 274 runs in 11 matches at an economy rate of 6.52. This is going to increase the trouble of Delhi. Because Ashwin is the main spinner of the team. If he fails to take wickets or prevent runs, then there is additional pressure on the rest of the bowlers. This was also seen in the first qualifier against Chennai. In this match, Ashwin bowled only 2 overs and the result of the match did not come in favor of Delhi.
Due to Ashwin being in the playing-11, veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra has to sit out. While he has taken 6 wickets in 4 matches of IPL 2021 at a strike rate of 14.