September 17, 2021: Come September 19 and all eight teams will gear up for the second phase of the IPL 2021, with COVID-19 playing spoilsport in the initial phase of the mega event.
With the T20 World Cup just around the corner, the tournament will work as an excellent platform for players to sharpen their skills and get used to the conditions at the UAE (United Arab Emirates) which will be the host to the IPL and the T20 World Cup as well.
Second phase of IPL 2021
With 30 matches still remaining, the franchises will have to start afresh with every team bringing in some new faces because of players opting out due to personal and COVID-19 related problems.
With so less time remaining and the tournament being in a very competitive stage, all the sides will have to bring their ‘A’ game from the very beginning.
With less than 2 days to go for the mega event, Second phase of IPL 2021 and plenty of changes in every team, let’s take a look at how the team’s stand before the resumption of the tournament.
How the teams are geared up for the second phase of IPL 2021
Delhi Capitals (P-8, W-6, L-2)
Numero-uno on the points table, the Delhi Capitals have been one of the best teams in phase one. Apart from that, their openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have been in red hot form, collecting 380 and 308 runs respectively. While young prodigy Avesh Khan has been their star with the ball, there is little wrong that the team from the capital has done so far. With Shreyas Iyer back, the Capital’s will want to end the tournament with the trophy in their cabinet under the dynamic leadership of young Rishabh Pant.
Player Out- Chris Woakes
Player In- Ben Dwarshius
Chennai Super Kings (P-7, W-5, L-2)
After disappointing everyone last season, Captain cool’s team has found the right momentum in this edition of the IPL. With the duo of Faf du Plesis, and Moeen Ali, CSK have managed to address their batting issues from the previous edition, while the former has been their highest run scorer with 320 runs, the later has chipped in with important contribution with both bat and ball. The spinners as always have played their part for the men in yellow, the comeback of Josh Hazelwood, who missed the first phase, makes their pace attack look more formidable.
Player Out- Jason Behrendorff
Player In- Josh Hazelwood
Royal Challengers Bangalore (P-7, W-5, L-2)
The Virat Kohli-led team find themselves third on the points table after an exciting first phase. With 5 wins under their belt, the boys from Bengaluru have found themselves in the upper half of the points table. With Glenn Maxwell and Ab de Villiers scoring most of the runs for them in the first half the Karnataka based franchise have managed to put good total on the board despite of the failures of Virat Kohli. With Harshal (17 wickets) and Kyle Jameison (9 wickets) handling the bowling department, RCB have looked good with the ball. But with UAE’s spinner-friendly wickets, RCB will hope their key spinner Yuzi Chahal finds his form. The second phase also brings in a few changes for the Virat Kohli-led side because of the COVID-19 virus.
Players Out- Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, Finn Allen, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar
Players In- Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Tim David, George Garton, Akash Deep
Mumbai Indians (P-7, W-4, L- 3)
Finding themselves fourth the points table, Mumbai Indians have always been slow starters. The Boys in blue and gold will have their work cut out when the second phase of the tournament begins. A team that has no shortage of superstars has found it difficult to hit the ground running in this edition of the IPL. While Rohit Sharma has amassed 250 runs for the blue and gold other batsmen have been very erratic when it comes to scoring runs. Rahul Chahar with his gullible leg-spin has been the best bowler this far with a dozen wickets followed by Trent Boult with 8 wickets. The defending champions will have to up their game come the second phase if they are to win the title for the third consecutive year.
Players Out- None
Player In- None
Rajasthan Royals (P-7, W-3, L-4)
The inaugural edition champions showcased inconsistent performances in the initial edition of the tournament. With only three wins under their belt the Royals will have to win at least four of their remaining seven games to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the playoffs. The Royals will depend on the services of their skipper Sanju Samson in the batting department after star batsman Jos Butler along with Ben Stokes made themselves unavailable for the tournament. Rajasthan Royals will depend upon the services of Chris Morris when it comes to taking wickets.
Players Out- Jos Butler, Ben Stokes, Andrew Tye
Players In- Oshane Thomas, Evin Lewis, Tabraiz Shamsi
Punjab Kings (P-8, W-3, L-5)
The KL Rahul-led side stand sixth on the points table after inconsistent batting and bowling performances. Bowling has been the Achilles heel for PBKS, while they have managed to score runs at a decent rate this IPL apart from Mayank Aggarwal none of the other batsmen has performed consistently. If the men from Punjab are to qualify for the playoffs, KL Rahul has to step up with the bat along with the whole bowling unit.
Players Out- Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Dawid Malan
Players In- Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, Aiden Markram
Kolkata Knight Riders (P-7, W-2, L-5)
The Eoin Morgan-led KKR disappointed everyone in the first half of the IPL. With only two wins from seven, KKR lie in the seventh position courtesy inconsistent performances. Nitish Rana has been their best batsmen with 207 runs under his belt. KKR will have to win five of their remaining seven games to give them a chance to feature in the playoffs. The bowling department has been hit hard by the absence of their top wicket-taker Pat Cummins. The onus of the bowling department falls on the hands of Prasidh Krishna who has scalped eight wickets thus far.
Players Out- Pat Cummins
Players In- Tim Southee
Sunrisers Hyderabad (P-7, W-1, L-6)
The biggest disappointment from the first half of the IPL, SRH have been clueless and unlucky so far and will rely on the likes of David Warner and Kane Williamson to reverse their fortunes. With the unavailability of phase one top scorer Jonny Bairstow, SRH will have to confide in Williamson and Warner for inspiration when it comes to batting. The bowling department although looks settled will rely heavily on Rashid Khan again. SRH will have to win all of their remaining games to give themselves a chance of qualifying.
Player Out- Jonny Bairstow
Player In- Sherfane Rutherford