Fantasy Focus: Indian T20 League players you need for the final push
With just over a week left of the league stage of the 2020 Indian T20 League campaign, fantasy owners will be in the hunt for players who can help them make a final push in their respective leagues.
If you are one of them, here are the players you should be looking at:
Player: Nicholas Pooran
One of the primary reasons for Punjab's resurgence is the upturn in form of batsman Nicholas Pooran. Since his match-winning last-ball six against Bangalore, Pooran has scored 109 runs in three matches at a strike rate of 160.29. Pooran has shown maturity in anchoring the innings whenever needed, which is closer to his natural game, proving to be the perfect foil for Punjab’s in-form top order.
Player: Ben Stokes
After a rather tumultuous season with the bat, Ben Stokes finally came up big for Rajasthan, smashing 107 off 60 balls to help Rajasthan chase down a mammoth 196 against Mumbai and keep his side alive in the race for the playoffs. His heroics in the 2019 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup and the 2019 Ashes series have shown that Stokes thrives under pressure and with Rajasthan needing victories in all their remaining matches to qualify for the playoffs, Stokes is likely to play a huge role for his side in the coming matches.
Player: Pat Cummins
Kolkata, who currently occupy the fourth and final playoffs spot in the table, were the underdogs against Delhi in their last match but came out on top thanks to a sensational batting performance followed by brilliant outings with the ball for Varun Chakravarty, who picked up a fiver, and Australia Pat Cummins who picked up three while giving away just 17 runs in his four overs. Cummins struggled to pick wickets all season long, but has picked up four in his last three matches. Cummins is peaking at the right time for Kolkata and the team will be expecting their big auction purchase will continue to deliver with both bat and ball in the remaining games of the campaign.
Player: Virat Kohli
Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has been in a sensational form of late. He has failed to score at least 40 only twice in his last eight matches, both times against Kolkata, with the target being just 85 in one of those matches. Kohli is third on the list of the league’s leading runscorers behind only KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan and the Bangalore skipper will be gunning to hunt those two down and win the Orange Cap for the second time in his career
Player: Ishan Kishan
Mumbai's Ishan Kishan has been in a blistering form, scoring a brilliant 68 in 37 balls against Chennai and then following it up with a measured 37 against Rajasthan. Kishan has made full use of the opportunity that he’s received in the absence of Rohit Sharma and the young batsman will be looking to capitalise further in the absence of Mumbai’s superstar opener.
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