Limited to only 4 venues due to Kovid, the groundsmen of Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium and Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium did a wonderful job in ensuring that the pitch, which had to be reused, was not brought. The quality of cricket is down.
Ball disappearing in the stands, stump cartwheeling and fielders ignoring gravity, taking supernatural catches – almost every match in the league stage was a blockbuster movie in itself, giving goosebumps and bringing out the emotions of a wide range of fans.
And now that the league phase of the 15th edition is complete and dusty, we have the last four teams standing – Gujarat Titans, Rajasthan Royals, Lucknow Super Giants And Royal Challengers Bangalore, who will compete in the playoffs starting May 24, in an attempt to get their hands on this prestigious trophy.
Since league stage matches in Maharashtra are limited to only 4 stadiums, there was initially concern that pitches were being used too often and that the dew factor could play a big role in the outcome of competitions.
And during the early stages it was quite clear that the captains were really exploiting the results of the toss, choosing to bowl first each time so that the mist could put the opposition bowlers in trouble when they were chasing them.
Initially, it was given that the captain who would win the toss would bowl first, but over time the mindset and strategy of the teams changed as they realized that it was not a definite shot way to win. The dew factor also decreased a little.
The question here is, was it really right to choose to bowl after winning the toss?
How important was the toss during the entire league phase of the tournament? Did it really help the teams chase? Or was it just a myth that eventually broke down?
How did the bowlers cross the dew barrier and successfully defend Total?
TimesofIndia.com Here gives you all the answers. Compiled data from over 70 matches will help you get a fair idea of how the tournament progresses and what’s ahead during the playoffs.
To get started, here’s a look at some interesting numbers (from the full league stage):
* Number of matches where the teams that won the toss chose to bowl and won – 27
* Number of matches where teams won the toss, chose to bowl and lost – 29
* Number of matches where the teams that won the toss chose to bat and won – 7
* Number of matches where teams winning the toss chose to bat and lost – 7
* In the league stage when the captains chose to bowl after winning the toss – 56
* The number in the league stage when the captains chose to bat after winning the toss – 14
So, keeping these numbers in mind, winning the toss and choosing to bowl was initially the choice of all the captains, but that attitude clearly changed during the tournament.
Yes, the first four straight games were won by chasing teams, but it was a match between Rajasthan Royals and 5. Sunrisers Hyderabad When the former won the first match of the season, defended the goal.
During the first half of the tournament there was a lot of buzz about dew. And as the matches went on, the groundsman made sure the dew factor was taken care of as they spread chemicals and take other measures to reduce the dew during the night.
Out of 35 matches in the first half of the tournament, only 15 teams were able to win by chasing which is less than 43% of the matches.
Considering the wickets, 214 wickets fell in the first innings while 220 wickets fell in the second innings overall in the first 35 games of the league stage.
In the next 35 games, the teams won only 14 of the 35 matches before batting second, one less than the first half. And again during this period, 222 wickets were lost in the second innings as compared to 213 in the first innings.
While statistics show that the dew didn’t have a big impact, almost half of the captains in the league stage realized that batting first after winning the toss was not a bad option.
It was the 35th match when for the first time Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to bat. But for the captain to bat first in the evening match, having to wait until match 48, Hardik made the bold decision to bat first again. Although Gujarat lost that game, Hardik wanted to get himself and his team out of the comfort zone of chasing after winning the toss, just to keep everyone in the GT camp ready for the situation of losing the toss and batting first.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, the ratio changed to the first bowling and the captain was willing to set goals voluntarily in the latter part of the league stage.
* If you look at it from another angle – a total of 869 wickets in 70 matches of the league stage. Of these, 427 wickets were taken in the first innings (49.13%) while 442 wickets were taken in the second (50.86%).
* Examples of bowlers who won the Man of the Match award in the first 35 matches – 14
* Examples of Man of the Match award winning bowlers from Match 36 to 70 – 15
Out of the 70 matches played in the league stage, the bowlers won the Man of the Match award on a total of 29 occasions and there is not much difference between the two parts of the tournament (first 35 games played and then 35 games played). ).
The first and only hat-trick of the season so far came while defending the target (Yuzvendra Chahal) while Vanindu Hasranga, Avesh Khan and many others also excelled while bowling the second.
Overall percentage of teams that won the toss, bowled first and won – 38.57%
Overall percentage of teams winning the toss, bowling first and losing – 41.42%
Overall percentage of teams that won the toss, batted first and won – 10%
Overall percentage of teams winning the toss, batting first and losing – 10%
Now that it has been established that teams have been able to successfully defend targets in more than 40 per cent of matches (afternoon and evening matches), here is how bowlers adapt to the situation.
Wide yorkers were the most used during the league phase of the tournament.
To go with it, the bowlers knocked out the batsmen with varied speed in their bowling. With conditions helping the batsmen, the bowlers were able to manage very well with wet balls (when the dew was falling), leaving the batsmen behind on many occasions.
Although there were some high-scoring encounters where the batsmen completely eliminated the bowlers, more than 190 targets were not commonly seen.
With scheduled knockouts in Kolkata and Ahmedabad, dew at this time of year should no longer be a factor as temperatures across East and North India are rising in the 40s.
It is the rain factor that can make a difference, especially in the two playoff matches in Kolkata, with potential super overs being used to determine the winner if necessary.