No IPL has thrown up quality talent like this time | Cricket

It is a bizarre IPL with MI and CSK leading the league at the bottom after losing 10 games to top-ranked newcomer Gujarat Titans after winning 10 matches. That is not surprising. A look at key trends. (More IPL news)

A failed appeal

After 70 games and deciding playoff positions, cricket’s mega series is nearing its final episodes. But fan reaction in Season 15 has been mixed. It extends forever and some people feel that the two month period is overdue. Industry watchers see the fatigue of the TV ratings that follow the downward trajectory of Virat Kohli’s batting form.

New Indian talent

Strictly from an Indian standpoint, IPL is the best. Never in its past 14 years has this kind of talent been emitted. At the auction, we have seen teams punt big on new faces but most have not been successful on this rich list. Instead we saw a different set of winners — young players with no goodwill. Over time these new stars (Tilak Verma, Mohsin Khan, Rinku Singh, Mukesh Chaudhary, Jitesh Sharma) also make money bags. This IPL was promoted by a fabulous display of raw Indian talent. The players of this breed showed no fear, insecurity or lack of confidence on stage. Shashank Singh displayed this attitude when Loki Ferguson (bowling at 150 km / h) in the stand for four sixes in the 20th match. Where Mohsin came from, most people were unaware of Hrithik Shokien, a young player off the edge of the DDCA. Umran Malik is, of course, the main story, bowling so fast that Shreyas Iyer and Mayank Agarwal were too hot to handle.

The established stars disappear

Strangely enough, the advent of new talent coincided with the decline of Indian regulars. Rohit Sharma and Virat had an unforgettable tournament, their number was so low that anyone in their place would be given a permanent place in Dagout. Rohit’s IPL is over but Virat may explode in the playoffs (as you’d expect from players with 70 international centuries) but his extended run will make him more human. As bad form and average rules get older, no one escapes. But Inmunde Kohli will not be king.

Other seniors, other than adults, are also on the “negative” list. For another IPL legend, Ravindra Jadeja, this year was a complete nightmare. Leadership was promoted by CSK, who found Ms Dhoni’s shoes were too big to fill. Worse, the farm dipped with bat and ball and they even dropped the catch in the outfield, which is the ultimate horror. He quit the leadership in the middle and, with an injury problem (real or fictional), exited the tournament. KL Rahul scored a run but Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer improved their reputation a bit. Same Rishabh Pant and Ishaan Kishan. Akshar Patel had his moments, but not much. Jaspreet Bumrah did not play his best but impressed in his final match against Delhi.

Leadership ratings

Eight teams had Indian leaders, including veterans (MSD and Rohit) and others were new at work. Hardik Pandya was extremely influential, confident and composed when he led from the front. He bowled crucial overs and batted heavily to play as a consolidator and finisher. He appeared to be in control but the other leaders were burdened with responsibility. His cricket has a pleasant, quiet quality that is missing in others.

A dangerous undercurrent of IPL success

As we celebrate the emergence of new Indian T20 talent, there are some alarming signs that will adversely affect Indian cricket. As the IPL involves more players with more teams, disinterest in red-ball cricket becomes apparent to everyone. Just as schoolchildren choose between science and the humanities, so does the career choice of Indian players. For them, white-ball cricket — and IPL — is the future; Everything else is a waste of time.

What’s ahead for MI and CSK?

Both teams know how to win but have to learn to deal with failure. Bet on MI to bounce back quickly because they have the best structure (cricket, commerce, infrastructure, support staff, scouting) to support their team. CSK faces a big challenge because they rely on the magic of MSD. Can the 40-year-old master pull a strategy yet?

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