It’s reached that point in the IPL season when even spectators struggle to keep themselves interested. The four teams for the playoffs have been all but decided as the mid-table teams steadily lose ground. Kochi Tuskers Kerala and the Rajasthan Royals are two such teams who will be trying to reverse their downward slide when they square up at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Sunday.Rajasthan come into the match on the back of three losses in a row and are a pale shadow of the force they used to be in this tournament. Kochi is coming off a game where their bowling was torn to shreds by a resurgent Kings XI Punjab. Both sides could do with a boost of self-confidence.
The trouble is, however, that neither team seem to have anyone willing to step up and take charge. Rajasthan's Shane Warne is caught in a disciplinary probe by his team management. Not the way he would have liked his IPL career to end. Kochi skipper Mahela Jayawardene is resigned to missing out on the playoffs. “We had our chances in the tournament,” he said after the loss against Punjab. “We did not grab them. We have not been consistent.”
If the Royals stands any chance, they need someone other than Shane Warne to carry the load, especially in the batting department.
Much was expected of Ross Taylor but he has not come anywhere close to showing the form he did in the World Cup. With the exception of Dravid, there hasn't been any batsmen who has stood out.