In the first week of the IPL 2020, captains took some key decisive decisions during the course of the matches, which eventually proved vital.
The much-awaited IPL 2020 kick-started with the iconic clash between the defending champs Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings. After the tournament was shifted to the UAE, a lot of talk went into how the skippers and the teams would adapt to the conditions there. The pitches turned out to be quite slow and the grounds bigger than the usual Indian grounds.
Each team in the league has played at least one game. While top teams have found the right combination, some teams are yet to find success in the tournament. These are early days in the tournament where the captains and the coaching staff can work out different strategies and combinations.
In the first week of the IPL 2020, captains took some key decisive decisions during the course of the matches, which eventually proved vital. Surprisingly, some captains have done much better than expected so far in the tournament.
Here are the rating for the captains in the first week of IPL 2020:
8. Virat Kohli (RCB) – 6
Virat Kohli started his IPL career at the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The franchise always backed the young talent and retained him over the years. Finally, the rise of Virat Kohli as a cricketer and eventually the captain of the side made the franchise even more strong.
In the IPL 2020, the RCB skipper has not had the best outing on the field so far. Although the team won their first clash against the SRH defending, they lost the second match against KXIP. Kohli has a huge amount of expectation to perform. However, Kohli and the solid think tank of coaches failed to address the necessary issues with the squad selection.
Surprisingly, the side was able to defend a decent total against SRH. Not best known for death bowling, Kohli was able to manage his bowlers around well. Although there were some leaks in the batting line-up, it did not hurt the team.
Facing the mighty KXIP in the second match, Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl first. Understandably, RCB have had problems bowling at the death. But in reality, the unchanged bowling line-up was actually successful in the last game. RCB could have used that confidence into their advantage but did not. Squad selection was also a concern for the Bangalore side.
It was clear that RCB needed an extra bowler to strengthen the bowling lineup, yet the squad remained unchanged. Dale Steyn lacks the X-factor, and Josh Phillipe occupying the overseas slot did not solve the problems for RCB. Virat failed to captain the side effectively when KXIP batsmen were on a roll. Virat Kohli gets a rating of 6.