When the T20 format was introduced, it was believed that it will make sure spinners don’t have much role to play. However as the game progressed, spinners evolved themselves and emerged victorious with their ability to spin the ball. Particularly those who could spin the ball both ways turned out to be more effective in the long run. The upcoming season of IPL will see plethora of spinners in action. Some of those are well renowned faces while some are taking baby steps into the world of cricket.
In this article, we list 4 Indian spinners which would generate most amount of interest among fans in IPL 2020.
Ravi Bishnoi was India’s best performer with ball in the U19 World Cup which got finished less than a week ago. The 19 years old leg spinner from Rajasthan picked up 17 wickets and finished as tournament’s leading wicket taker. In the IPL Auction held earlier in December, Bishnoi was bought by Kings XI Punjab where in the absence of Ravi Ashwin, who has moved to Delhi Capitals this season, he will have an important role to play.
With Gayle, Pooran and either of Cottrell or Jordan being the three certain overseas players in the squad and Maxwell also providing an option once coming back from injury, Punjab management will have tough times choosing their spinners. Ravi Bishnoi will be the front runner to get picked ahead of Murugan Ashwin who didn’t have a good time for them in the previous season. Bishnoi is more of a googly bowler who relies more on his googlies than the conventional leg spin. He bowls with flat trajectory and doesn’t give the ball too much air time so that the batsmen can line him up.
Shreyas Gopal is not an unknown commodity. He has been playing IPL and first class cricket for a really long time. In the current Rajasthan Royals setup, he plays as a front line leg spinner while Mayank Markande will be there to aid him. Gopal had a very successful season in 2019 where he picked up 20 wickets in 14 IPL games at an average of only 17.
He has taken a total of 38 wickets in IPL so far out of which he has dismissed two of the best batsmen in the world cricket – Virat Kohli and AB De villiers for a combined 7 times. With the skills he possesses, no one would be surprised if he replicates or even has a better season than the previous one. Gopal flights the ball well but like any leg spinner, his main strength is googly which gets very difficult to pick for the batsmen with his side arm action but he doesn’t overbowl it. He seems like a replica of Anil Kumble while delivering the ball.
R Sai Kishore
R Sai Kishore is a new entry to IPL cricket. He was picked by his home team Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2020 Auction and even though CSK would have plenty of spin bowling options to choose from come the IPL, we feel that Kishore could be a player to watch out for in their entire IPL campaign this year.
Kishore can also be termed as the left handed version of Washington Sundar who bowls tight line and length in the powerplay overs and relies upon change of pace to deceive the batters. He hasn’t played any IPL cricket but he was the highest wicket taker in the previous season of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he had picked up 20 wickets at a staggering average of only 10. He won’t be an obvious starter for the side but whenever given an opportunity at any stage, he could prove to be a handful selection.
MI leg spinner Rahul Chahar didn’t have too great a season last year considering his potential but he would definitely like to pick more wickets playing as the leading spinner of Mumbai Indians. Chahar picked 13 wickets in 13 games which was a decent effort playing most of his games at a flat Wankhede wicket but his economy of 6.55 was absolutely sensational.
Chahar is tall due to which he generates some extra bounce in his deliveries. Keeping the extra bounce in mind, batsmen will always have a hesitation lunging forward to his balls. He is also quick through the air and has a quick arm action which makes it difficult for the batsmen to pick his variations.