The IPL is overtly biased towards left-handers. While southpaws Shaun Marsh and Gautam Gambhir were the top-run getters in the first edition, left-arm fast bowler Sohail Tanvir topped the wicket-takers’ list.
The trend hasn't changed, rather it’s become more prominent. With the tournament reaching its homestretch, the left-handers are on a roll. Till Sunday, left-handers occupied the top four spots among batsmen, and the bowlers were equally impressive, occupying three of the top four slots.
HT takes a look at the success stories.
The top run-getter, the giant Aussie is doing what he does best — terrorise the bowlers. Hayden has been in amazing form and has given the Chennai Super Kings a flying start in almost every game. “I am still in top shape and this format suits my style of play. It will be tough to beat us if we continue to play the way we are doing,” he said.
The Kings XI skipper is coming into his own as the tournament reaches the business end. However, his knocks have failed to see his team home, as is otherwise often the case. For instance, he struck a fine half-century and took a hattrick against the RCB, but the team still lost.
He came of age in the inaugural edition and the honeymoon continues. Along with some scintillating knocks, Raina, the second highest run-getter, has turned a few games around for the CSK with his fielding and off-spin. “He has developed lot of power in his strokes and has become strong mentally as well,” said Hayden.
He has been as destructive as his former opening partner Hayden. The blazing starts have more often than not translated into victories for the Deccan Chargers. Besides, effecting the maximum dismissals behind the wicket, we all know what he has done to the side with his captaincy.
The revelation of the tournament, he has been difficult to score off and has also been among wickets. Formed a potent new-ball pair with Fidel Edwards and has carried on in the same vein after Edwards' departure. Who says fast bowlers hunt only in pairs.
A last-minute selection, he has been the dark horse. The burly South African stepped in effortlessly into the big shoes of Brett Lee and Jerome Taylor and held the injury-hit Kings XI attack together.
Trading Shikhar Dhawan for Ashish Nehra has turned out to be a masterstroke for the Delhi Daredevils. The seamer has managed to keep injuries at bay and has played a crucial role in the team's success.