IPL 2020 full coverage – Interviews, quizzes, analyses and more

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    Here’s the best of ESPNcricinfo’s content from the IPL 2020 season. For the full schedule and team-by-team guide, click here.

    Team previews

    Kolkata Knight Riders: Explosive batting KKR’s biggest strength in pursuit of third IPL title

    Rajasthan Royals: Combination questions for Rajasthan Royals with Ben Stokes doubtful

    Royal Challengers Bangalore: Underachievers RCB look to new faces to fix old problems

    Sunrisers Hyderabad: Inexperienced middle order the weak link for Sunrisers Hyderabad

    Kings XI Punjab: Will leaving out Chris Gayle give Kings XI Punjab better balance?

    Delhi Capitals: Capitals start with all bases covered – except big hits down the order

    Features and analysis

    Wristspinners are in, but don’t write offspin off just yet
    Fingerspinners are increasingly making their presence felt in the powerplay in IPL matches, Andrew Fidel Fernando writes

    Here’s an ideal starting XI for each 2020 IPL team
    Former India, KKR and Rajasthan Royals batsman Aakash Chopra runs his eye over the IPL squads, picking ideal starting XIs for each team

    How has the Chennai Super Kings Dad’s Army fared since the last IPL?
    CSK have relied on players in their mid-30s and made it to consecutive finals. But with 16 months gone since the last IPL, can their experienced players still deliver?

    Smart Stats: Why David Warner topped Virat Kohli in IPL 2016
    The absolute values of Kohli’s runs in 2016 are immense, but what about the actual value and impact on matches? Did another player score fewer runs or take fewer wickets, but do so in more high-pressure and demanding situations?

    The IPL can actually be good practice for the Australia-India series
    Ian Chappell’s column

    How do the 2020 IPL captains stack up?
    We take a look at seven of the eight captains in this year’s IPL and their styles

    Come to Think of it: Do you really want Virat Kohli in your T20 XI?
    Why Kohli might not be the ideal T20 top-order batsman

    Dream Team: One out of Kohli, Dhoni and Bumrah doesn’t make it to our best current IPL XI
    Our panelists pick the best current IPL XI

    How the Royal Challengers Bangalore have miscalculated over the years
    As RCB look to arrest their slump over the last three years, they have assembled a team that looks more balanced than the one from last season. Here’s a look at some miscalculations they have made over the years

    Nagarkoti, Ahmed, Bishnoi head line-up of exciting uncapped Indian bowlers
    A list of uncapped Indian bowlers is a very exciting one, with proven campaigners at the domestic level and a smattering of Under-19 stars from the recent past

    Padikkal, Gaikwad in power-packed band of uncapped Indian batsmen
    A list of uncapped Indian batsmen features a couple of players who have been part of, and impressed in, the IPL already, and some who will want to make their maiden forays memorable

    Who will fill in for Malinga, Raina and Harbhajan in IPL?
    The trio, who are such huge IPL icons, have pulled out of the tournament. ESPNcricinfo looks at how their absence could impact their franchises

    Who is the only bowler to bowl two Super Overs in the IPL and win both games?
    Stats analysis: And what’s the fewest runs conceded in an IPL Super Over?

    Young ‘uns and big guns
    Tymal Mills picks an all-time T20 XI from among the cricketers he played alongside

    Interviews

    Andrew McDonald: IPL 2020 is going to be all about managing the individual Rajasthan Royals’ head coach discusses the challenges of franchise cricket in the Covid-19 era and the advantage of having multiple World Cup winners in the Royals squad

    David Miller: ‘I’m in awe of Dhoni’s chases. I want to finish games like he does’
    Miller on his role as a finisher, his learnings from watching MS Dhoni and playing alongside big names in the Royals side this IPL

    From lockdown to IPL: ‘Can’t expect 100% intensity,’ say premier quicks and coaches With IPL 2020 set to begin on September 19, what will be the focus when they go out to train? We spoke to L Balaji, Irfan Pathan, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat and Sandeep Warrier to get an idea

    KL Rahul: ‘Aggression for us will be to adapt, not go kaboom from ball one’ Rahul, who will make his debut as IPL captaincy for Kings XI, talks about his captaincy role model, working with team director and head coach Anil Kumble, and why Chris Gayle running singles might not always be a good sign.

    IPL MVPs
    We look at the six most impactful players in the history of the IPL using ESPNcricinfo’s Smart Stats tool (min qualification 60 matches)
    Rank 1: Andre Russell
    Rank: 2: Chris Gayle
    Rank: 3: Shane Watson
    Rank: 4: Sunil Narine
    Rank: 5: AB de Villiers
    Rank 6: David Warner

    Quizzes

    Which Pakistan player played for RCB in the 2008 IPL?

    Who holds the record for the highest individual score for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL?

    Videos

    Vijay Shankar: ‘Looking forward to facing CSK’ The allrounder talks about Sunrisers’ strengths and his personal goals for IPL 2020

    Andrew McDonald: Great confidence having Stokes, Archer and Buttler in Rajasthan Royals Rajasthan Royals head coach Andrew McDonald hopes the team can learn from the 2019 ODI World Cup winners

    Shreyas Iyer: ‘I enjoy batting against Rashid Khan’ The Delhi Capitals captain on what he’s looking forward to in IPL 2020

    Varun Aaron: ‘Want to take 16-plus wickets in IPL 2020’ Rajasthan Royals quick on what he’s looking forward to this season

    Dwayne Bravo: I’ve got a new slower ball The 500-wicket man looks ahead to IPL 2020

    KKR has been one of the top teams since 2012 – Venky Mysore “A lot of stars have to align to win championships,” KKR CEO says

    Mute me: Will CSK make the playoffs this year? Watch Raunak Kapoor, Dustin Silgardo, Sreshth Shah and Karthik Iyer take on each other about all things IPL

    Dwayne Bravo: ‘Feels like I’m turning 27’ Dwayne Bravo talks about staying fit and why he doesn’t care about being named the MVP in the IPL



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