During the first two weeks of the IPL 2020, the captains took some interesting and game-changing decisions during the matches which turned the course of the game.
This edition of the IPL has been one of its kind. With no team looking superior even after the second week of the tournament. The captains have played a vital role in keeping up the morale and taking decisive decisions during the vital phases of the matches. The small ground in Sharjah was more of a graveyard for the bowlers and many renowned international and experienced bowlers were at the receiving end.
Now, with each team in the league has been defeated at least once, the captains are still applying the logic of permutations and combination to find out what is the best combination for their respective team. Even though we are in the first phase of the tournament, the second and third week is one of the vital phases of the tournament for every team.
During the first two weeks of the IPL 2020, the captains took some interesting and game-changing decisions during the matches which turned the course of the game. As the third week of the tournament is starting, the captains and teams can still have a look at their overseas players and team combination to ensure that they make up for the mistakes which were committed during the first two weeks of the tournament.
Here are the ratings for the captains for the first two weeks of IPL 2020:
8. KL Rahul (KXIP)- 6
Without any doubt, KL Rahul is one of the finest limited-overs batsmen in the game. This year, things are in favour of the Indian opener as his side comprises many talented players.
However, the team started the tournament shakily, the lost a close game via Super Over against Delhi Capitals due to a tactical error by the captain and team management. With Mayank Agarwal well acquainted with the conditions, the team opted for Rahul and Pooran ahead of Agarwal in the Super Over. And with a fiery Rabada destroyed their chances for securing a win.
Well, the team made a strong comeback and sent out a clear message to the critics by securing a huge win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, with the captain leading them from the front, scoring a brilliant hundred and rotating the bowlers while defending a score of 206. Eventually, KXIP won by 97 runs.
After a successful first week in office, KXIP went to Sharjah with confidence. And Rahul, along with his childhood friend, Mayank Agarwal took KIXP to a massive score of 223-2. Well, everything was going well for the kings with Rahul Tewatia looking clueless.
But a 30-run over from Cottrell took the game away from Punjab and they suffered their second loss of the tournament. Moving on to the next game, Rahul had steered the bowling attack perfectly till the 10th over, but his tactics of bowling off the pacers and giving the final over to an off-spinner with the likes of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard was a deciding factor of the match as Gowtham leaked 25 runs off the final over.
Rahul must look after their middle order which was completely exposed against the Mumbai Indians. He gets a rating of 6 for his captaincy during the first two weeks of the IPL.