New Delhi: The consistency in the team line-up led to a successful campaign as Mumbai Indians retained their Indian Premier League (IPL) title with the utmost ease.
Preliminary studies of the upcoming GloFans Cri Metrics’ White Paper reveal what separated Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the two sides to have started the Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 13 almost on a par.
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings started their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 journeys as the two top teams for the season – one as the defending champions and the other being last year’s finalists. While Mumbai Indians justified their top billing, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ended up at the deck of the league’s point table with two others.
‘GloFans Cric Data Metrics’ has analysed 14,007 legalized deliveries bowled during the IPL 2020. Each delivery is decoded on 40 different parameters, by using copyright tools of GloFansCric Data Metrics. The in-depth study for the White Paper on the IPL 2020 is based on the analysis of five lakh sixty thousand two hundred and eighty different metrics.
The preliminary studies of the 560,280 metrics highlight the curve that puts champions Mumbai Indians clearly above the rest. Incidentally, it was a fall in the same area that led to a severe downfall in the performance of last year’s losing finalists Chennai Super Kings.
Consistency of No. 3 to No. 5 positions in the batting order became the deciding factor. Mumbai Indians during the course of the tournament had Surya Kumar Yadav at the one-down position. Mumbai Indians went for only three options, each in the fourth and the fifth positions. In contrast, CSK could never have a settled unit in the absence of the right replacement for Suresh Raina.
While Mumbai Indians persisted with Surya Kumar Yadav, CSK remained uncertain about their No. 3 batsman – experimenting with Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson with three innings each. By the time Ambatti Rayudu could settle down in the No. 3 position, the tournament was all but over for the Yellow Brigade.
Similarly, Mumbai Indians explored only three options in the No. 4 position, more based on the match situation than any other compulsion. CSK on the other hand had to try six different batsmen across 12 innings. The difference is here to see. MI aggregated 437 runs in the No. 4 position at 144.22; while CSK’s aggregate from their No. 4 batsmen was a mere 259 at 118.81 strike rate.
Again MI’s three different batsmen in the No. 5 position contributed 193 runs at the strike rate of 131.29, whereas CSK’s 6 batsmen at No. 5 across 11 innings have added 191 runs, but pressure to cement the collapsing innings and their own position would often result in a sharp fall in the run rate.
Backed by the strong and consistent batting, the CSK bowlers continued to attack the opposition as Jaspreet Bumrah and Trent Boult finished the tournament with 27 and 29 wickets respectively, only behind Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada. In contrast, CSK’s respective top two bowlers Sam Curran and Deepak Chahar could earn merely 13 and 12 scalps from the tournament.