5 players who might be axed from Playing XI after Week 1

The first week saw various flawed performances. Going into the second week, teams may look to axe these players in order to find the right balance.

Umesh Yadav
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Umesh Yadav and Virat Kohli. (Photo by IANS)

IPL 2020 has started off with a bang. We have seen some really exciting cricket in the very first week. While some teams have started off really well, the others would be looking to up their game. We have already witnessed some really close games with one of them also reaching to a super over. The hype generated before the IPL has not been proven wrong.

A very interesting thing though has been the starting eleven the teams have come out with. A lot of unexpected players have managed to start the tournament for their respective sides. While some of them have done really well, the others have failed to impress. In a competitive league like the IPL, you cannot expect too many chances. The moment you fail, there are a number of people waiting to take your place.

The first week saw various flawed performances. Going into the second week, teams may look to axe these players in order to find the right balance. We are still in the initial phase of the championship and all sides would be looking to find their ideal eleven. Let’s have a look at the players who may have to make way for these changes.

Here’s the list of 5 players who could be axed in the upcoming matches of IPL 2020:

5. Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay. (Photo: IANS)

The Indian opener has been disappointing in all the matches. He plays for the Chennai Super Kings who have already completed three games. One of the best team’s in the tournament CSK has won only one of their first three matches. A side known for backing its players may now be forced to make some changes in order to get back to winning ways.

One such change would definitely be replacing Vijay at the top of the order. The opener who was a star for the Chennai side in the initial seasons of the IPL has now fallen out. His batting is nowhere close to where it used to be and he is clearly lacking the confidence. In the three games played, his scores are 1 (7), 21 (21), and 10 (15). These numbers are definitely not acceptable in T20 cricket.

Vijay’s terrible performance at the start has led to additional pressure on the middle-order batsman. The side has not been able to get off to a good start and could look to slot in Ambati Rayudu in place of Vijay if the former is fit to play. A change at the top could probably help CSK to get back to winning ways. This makes Vijay an ideal candidate to get axed from the eleven.

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