We have reached the half way stage of this year’s IPL and the points table shows how unpredictable the shortest format of the game really is. The Delhi Daredevils have shocked everyone and are in second place, while Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore are second bottom.
We look at the changes the teams can make in the second half of their campaign and try to identify a team which would give a perfect balance.
1) Kings XI Punjab
Punjab have lost 5 of the 6 games they have played. To pin point what has gone wrong in their campaign is quite easy to do.
- Out of form International players: Players like Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson and captain David Miller are horribly out of form. Most of their success in past seasons was due to the solid performances by their 4-5 overseas players. This season, only Shaun Marsh looks in decent touch.
- Average Domestic Talent: Apart from Manan Vohra, no other young Indian domestic talent has showed any sort of form. From Axar Patel, Sandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan and Pradeep Sahu, no one has really stepped up their game and they look rather immature and are playing below their actual standards.
They could bring in the players they brought in the last auctions and give them 2-3 matches to prove their worth. This team will provide them good balance going forward.
New Lineup : S. Marsh, M. Vijay, M. Vohra, G. Maxwell, Gurkeerat, Saha, KC Kariappa, P. Sahu, K. Abott, M. Johnson and M. Sharma
Gurkeerat has done well for Punjab before and has also made his International debut. KC Kariappa is one of the mystery spinners going around in the Indian domestic circuit, adding him might just give Punjab the X Factor they need.