IPL 2022: Did Jadeja err by coming in at 5? Can Dhoni keep defying the odds? Burning questions from KKR vs CSK

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

IPL 2022: Did Jadeja err by coming in at 5? Can Dhoni keep defying the odds? Burning questions from KKR vs CSK
© Provided by Firstpost IPL 2022: Did Jadeja err by coming in at 5? Can Dhoni keep defying the odds? Burning questions from KKR vs CSK

Everything about the opening day of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League had a vintage tinge. From Umesh Yadav producing a sizzling spell with the new ball to MS Dhoni going berserk in the death and Ajinkya Rahane creaming drives, the opening day of IPL 2022 had several interesting individual performances. But in terms of tactics, where was the game won or lost? Why did teams go with the tactics we saw pan out on the field? Here are five questions that arose from the clash on Saturday.

the latest tech news, global tech news daily, tech news today, startups, usa tech, asia tech, china tech, eu tech, global tech, in-depth electronics reviews, 24h tech news, 24h tech news, top mobile apps, tech news daily, gaming hardware, big tech news, useful technology tips, expert interviews, reporting on the business of technology, venture capital funding, programing language

Can Umesh Yadav be KKR’s go-to powerplay bowler in IPL 2022?

“If you are not getting opportunities in white-ball cricket, how will you prove yourself,” Umesh Yadav asked on the eve of the IPL 2022 opener in an interview with Times of India. Soon after Umesh was taking the new ball for Kolkata Knight Riders, sending down a no-ball first up, before getting into his groove on a seaming wicket.

Global Tech News Daily

Umesh Yadav has 47 wickets in the powerplay overs in IPL, the fourth-most for anyone in the tournament’s history. While that might be a byproduct of his longevity in the league, his numbers in the powerplay are indeed pretty good. In 2018, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Umesh Yadav had topped the wickets chart in the powerplay overs, taking 14 of those.

Before Saturday’s game, among bowlers to bowl at least 200 balls in the powerplay in IPL since 2018, no Indian has a better bowling average than Umesh Yadav’s 23.72. Only one has a better average overall — Jofra Archer — and only one has a better strike-rate — Mitchell McClenaghan — in this phase.

Global Tech News Daily

With KKR needing to maximise the impact of Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine, getting wickets upfront would be crucial and Umesh Yadav is likely to do the job for them this season, even after Pat Cummins returns. 

Is Ravindra Jadeja’s promotion a temporary move?

Ravindra Jadeja walked in at No.5 on Saturday inside the first 10 overs and struggled to find his timing, especially against spinners, scoring 11 runs off 14 balls against them. 

This isn’t entirely surprising, though. Since 2020, even as Jadeja’s reputation as a finisher and pace hitter soared, his numbers against spin were very ordinary. In the IPL in the last two seasons, Jadeja’s strike-rate of 71.42 against spin is the worst for anyone to face 50 balls of spin. On the flip side, his strike-rate of 188.78 against pace is the best for anyone to face 100 balls of pace in the same time frame.

Jadeja’s strike-rate also goes from 90 in the middle overs to 196.2 in the death in these two seasons. All of this makes his promotion to No.5 on Saturday bizarre, but he could have just been filling in for Moeen Ali, the spin hitter in the CSK setup, especially with MS Dhoni vulnerable against the two mystery spinners. 

How CSK could have curbed Ajinkya Rahane’s free-flowing knock

The first sign of spin in the KKR innings came in the final powerplay over when Mitchell Santner started off with a boundary against Ajinkya Rahane, who was already on 22 off 18 at that point. CSK began with pace from both ends with Tushar Deshpande, familiar with the Wankhede wicket being a local Mumbaiite, and Adam Milne bowling in tandem.

What this gave Rahane is pace on the ball, something he enjoys. In the 2019 IPL season, the last time he played full-fledged in an IPL team, Rahane averaged 52.4 when facing pacers. Against spin, those numbers drop to 18.7. He also struck at a rate of over 140 against pace in that season. 

CSK gave Rahane pace early on even as they had Santner, a powerplay specialist spinner who has 22 wickets in the first six overs in T20s at an economy rate of under 7. Santner also turns the ball away from Rahane, making him a genuine threat that CSK could have used upfront. Even after the powerplay, they persisted with medium pace, laying out a red carpet for Rahane’s vintage performance.  

Why is there promise for Ajinkya Rahane at KKR

While CSK let Rahane off the hook, there’s reason to believe that the veteran batter might be a good fit at KKR this season. Rahane’s powerplay numbers have always been decent and at KKR, where he partners Venkatesh Iyer, the intention is to play second-fiddle and bat through till the end of the powerplay before handing the reins over to Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana, two players who are more comfortable against spin than pace.

Iyer and Rana strike at a rate of 122.3 and 125.2 against pace in IPL since 2018. Venkatesh Iyer, who has shown immense promise, also strikes in the 120s against pace. Rahane’s ability to handle pace — especially high-end pace and bounce— which is a weakness for the entire KKR batting group, makes him the perfect anchor in this team.

Can MS Dhoni keep defying the odds?

On paper, everything was against MS Dhoni for this fixture. He had to counter two spinners against whom he had terrible records: Varun Chakravarthy, who had dismissed him thrice in 12 balls before IPL 2022, and Sunil Narine, against whom he strikes at a rate of just over 50 after facing nearly 100 balls.

Dhoni had to walk in early in the innings with CSK in big trouble and was forced to counter his match ups. But Dhoni did well to play through the two tricky spinners to force the KKR medium pacers to bowl to him in the death overs, a match up that works very well for him. 

In the last three seasons of the IPL, Dhoni has struck at a rate of 93.9 against spin and 143.6 against pace, averaging considerably better too. To his credit, Dhoni defied odds to play through the overs of the two brilliant spinners and turned an unfavourable situation into a favourable one.

Read all the Latest News, Trending News, Cricket News, Bollywood News,

India News and Entertainment News here. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

News Related


Espanyol fires coach, sports director with 2 games left

MADRID (AP) — Espanyol has fired coach Vicente Moreno and its sports director with two games left in the Spanish league season, the club said Friday. The Barcelona-based club said ... Read more »

One make-or-break stretch for each team in the QB-rich AFC West

The AFC West offseason arms race has raged for months already. The Denver Broncos traded for quarterback Russell Wilson. The Las Vegas Raiders added All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams and ... Read more »

5 teams fight to avoid relegation in Spanish league

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With the top spots in the Spanish league almost completely decided, the drama is at the bottom of the standings. Five teams — Getafe, Granada, Cádiz, ... Read more »

Eight worst games on 2022 NFL schedule: NFC South eyesores aplenty

For every apparent diamond on the 2022 NFL schedule, there are doubtless going to be corresponding lumps of coal on the 18-week regular-season rundown. Read more »

Analysis: Amazon Prime Video gets solid 1st slate from NFL

A defensive coordinator trying to put together a game plan to stop Justin Herbert or Patrick Mahomes has an easier task than the NFL trying to put together the schedule ... Read more »

Blues ride unconventional lineup into NHL's second round

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues eliminated the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a mid-series goalie change and an unconventional lineup. ... Read more »

Phillies score 2 runs in 9th inning, hold off Dodgers 9-7

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bryce Harper homered and drove in three runs, the Philadelphia Phillies pushed two runs across in the ninth inning after squandering a six-run lead and beat ... Read more »

Mavericks rock Suns to force decisive Game 7 back in Phoenix

DALLAS — The Phoenix Suns won an NBA-best 64 games in setting a franchise record for victories in a single season. They’re the No. 1 overall seed in the postseason. ... Read more »

Stanton homers twice as Yankees beat White Sox 15-7

CHICAGO (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in six runs, and the New York Yankees used a seven-run eighth inning to beat the Chicago White Sox 15-7 on ... Read more »

Sixers' Joel Embiid says Houston James Harden 'not who he is anymore'

Give Philadelphia star Joel Embiid points for speaking his mind. Following the 76ers’ season-ending Game 6 loss to the Miami Heat in which James Harden scored just 11 points and ... Read more »

Awkward reunions, like Mike McCarthy vs. Aaron Rodgers, highlight NFL 2022 season's best grudge matches

The NFL released its full 2022 regular-season schedule on Thursday night with no shortage of intriguing matchups. Recent playoff game rematches and star-studded quarterback faceoffs — Patrick Mahomes vs. 45-year-old ... Read more »

NFL schedule release winners, losers: Who got toughest breaks on 2022 slate?

The powerful AFC West is a big winner for the 2022 season, with 19 appearances in prime-time games. But the Seahawks and Santa Claus land among the losers. Read more »

K League's bottom feeders set for crucial showdown

By Yoo Jee-ho SEOUL, May 13 (Yonhap) — The two worst clubs in South Korean football this year will collide for their second meeting of the season this weekend, as ... Read more »

Long's calf injury appears relatively minor, Struber says

WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) — American defender Aaron Long’s calf injury appears to be relatively minor, according to New York Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber. The 29-year-old center back left Tuesday ... Read more »

NFL Week 1 point spreads: Bills, Rams opener assigned razor-thin number

Knowing the hearty appetite of football bettors, oddsmakers rapidly unveiled Week 1 point spreads when the NFL released its 2022 season schedule Thursday. For the intriguing season-opener Sept. 8, the ... Read more »

The best game for every week of the 2022 NFL regular season

The NFL schedule is finally set in all of its 272-game glory. After the league announced five international matchups last week and its network partners trickled out a few matchups ... Read more »

Every crazy 2022 NFL schedule release video, from Stephen A. Smith to anime

The 2022 NFL schedule release is here. Sure, football might not be back for a few more months, but the NFL schedule release is an exciting part of the calendar ... Read more »

Heat close out listless Sixers in Game 6 to reach Eastern Conference finals

Attrition got the best of the Philadelphia 76ers as their Eastern Conference series against the Miami Heat wore on. The Heat’s grinding style made it even more difficult on a ... Read more »

Phils' Harper small elbow tear; can hit, no throw for month

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Phillies slugger Bryce Harper has a small tear in his right elbow and won’t throw for four weeks, but the reigning NL MVP will stay in ... Read more »

Complete week-by-week schedule for 18-week, 17-game 2022 NFL regular season

The schedule has been released for the 2022 NFL season. The NFL’s 272-game slate kicks off with the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams hosting the Buffalo Bills at ... Read more »

Ex-speed skating coach wins suit against sports university over dismissal

SEOUL, May 12 (Yonhap) — A former national speed skating coach won a lawsuit Thursday over a university’s decision to fire him for his alleged connection to multiple sexual assault ... Read more »

Titans agree to terms on deals with 4 of their 9 draft picks

NASHVILLE Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on multi-year contracts with four of their nine draft picks. The Titans announced Thursday they have deals with running ... Read more »

49ers WR hopes Kaepernick workout prepares him for Lance

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco rookie receiver Danny Gray found the ideal workout partner before the draft to prepare him to play with the 49ers’ strong-armed quarterback, Trey ... Read more »

NFL schedule release: The 10 must watch matchups of the 2022 season

The NFL schedule is out. Mackenzie Salmon gives you the 10 must watch games of the 2022 season. Read more »

Yankees GM Cashman brushes off Crane's scandal comments

CHICAGO (AP) — New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is brushing off Houston owner Jim Crane’s recent comments about the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Speaking to reporters before New York’s ... Read more »

Steve Stricker is at it again, leads first major of PGA Tour Champions season at Regions Tradition

To think where he was health-wise just six months ago, Steve Stricker has done anything but ease back into things. Playing in his third event in three weeks, Steve Stricker ... Read more »

Taijuan Walker leads Mets over sloppy Nationals 4-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taijuan Walker pitched seven scoreless innings and the New York Mets remained unbeaten in 10 series this season, cruising past the sloppy Washington Nationals 4-1 on Thursday. ... Read more »

LEADING OFF: Pitch coach Willis to guide virus-hit Guardians

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Friday: ___ PITCHING IN Cleveland pitching coach Carl Willis will serve as the team’s acting manager when the coronavirus-hampered Guardians start ... Read more »

Conte takes aim at Arteta to spice up Arsenal-Spurs rivalry

LONDON (AP) — Tottenham manager Antonio Conte spiced up his team’s fight with Arsenal for a top-four finish in the Premier League by taking aim at counterpart Mikel Arteta. “He ... Read more »

New Denver Broncos QB Russell Wilson returning to Seattle for Week 1 'Monday Night Football' matchup vs. Seahawks

Russell Wilson is not going to have to wait long to return to Seattle. The star quarterback is opening his 11th NFL season – but first with the Denver Broncos ... Read more »

Buffalo Bills at Super Bowl champion L.A. Rams will kick off NFL's 2022 season

The NFL’s 103rd season will kick off at the same place where the last season ended – SoFi Stadium – with the Los Angeles Rams beginning defense of their Super ... Read more »

Shinkwin shares lead at Soudal Open despite injury

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — English golfer Callum Shinkwin claimed a share of the lead after the first round of the Soudal Open on Thursday despite almost pulling out of the ... Read more »

Rams to host Bills to open NFL season; Broncos at Seattle

To the Super Bowl winner goes the spoils of opening the entire schedule at home. So the Los Angeles Rams will host the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night, Sept. 8, ... Read more »

Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy arrested in domestic-violence case

DENVER (AP) — Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was arrested Thursday on a domestic violence-related charge in suburban Denver and was being held at the Arapahoe County Jail, which is ... Read more »

Benzema draws level with Raúl as Madrid's 2nd-highest scorer

MADRID (AP) — Karim Benzema continues to add his name to Real Madrid’s record books, scoring his 323rd goal on Thursday to draw level with Raúl González as the club’s ... Read more »

Sebastian Munoz becomes first PGA Tour player to shoot 60 or better twice in a season

McKINNEY, Texas — Much of the talk around the AT&T Byron Nelson focused on the local golf triumvirate of Jordan Spieth, Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris, three players who honed ... Read more »

Steve Stricker opens with 65 to take Regions Tradition lead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Steve Stricker shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead over Miguel Angel Jimenez and Wes Short Jr. after the opening round of ... Read more »

Bannon singles on 1st big league pitch, O's top Cards 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rylan Bannon became just the third Baltimore player since 2000 to get a hit on the first pitch of his big league career, Jorge Mateo and ... Read more »

Guardians have no new COVID-19 cases, coach Willis to manage

The Cleveland Guardians reported no new COVID-19 cases Thursday, a day after an outbreak inside their clubhouse caused a postponement in Chicago and sent manager Terry Francona and five coaches ... Read more »

Anthony Munoz hired as Hall of Fame relationship officer

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame has hired Anthony Muñoz as its first Chief Football Relationship Officer. The hall said Thursday that the 1998 inductee will ... Read more »