Delhi Capitals, the top team as we look at the team ranking and Rating after Chennai and Mumbai phase for IPL 2021.
It’s been more than 2 weeks into the tournament, and the first phase of IPL 2021 for matches in Mumbai and Chennai has come to an end. A total of 20 matches have been played in the first Phase with each city hosting 10 matches each. While RCB and Delhi Capitals were undefeated at Chennai, CSK dominated the Mumbai leg with 4 wins from 5 games.
The first 2 weeks can be dedicated to the Uncapped players as many of them outclassed some regular A grade players. From the team’s point of view, it was quite a unique affair. Both the cities offered contrasting pitches, and teams had to adapt their strategies accordingly. While some managed to do well, some like Mumbai Indians just failed to adapt.
So, how did the teams perform overall? Which players did well and which players flunked in the batting and bowling department? Let’s find out in this article. Please note, the overall team ranking and rating for IPL 2021 is calculated based on their performance as a team, in the batting department, and in the bowling department. Using an individual rating is these 3 categories, a weighted average overall rating is calculated.
Alright then, let’s look at the ranking and rating of each Team after the Mumbai and Chennai phase of IPL 2021.
#8: Kolkata Knight Riders – 6.63
Team Rating – 7.9 // Batting Rating – 5.8 // Bowling Rating – 6.2
All the talks surrounding one of the most-balanced squads and strong middle-order in the tournament, KKR have only managed to win a game from 5 matches, and are currently strangling at the bottom of the points table. Not a good sight for such a class team, but the main reason to be blamed is their team selection and inconsistent batting-order.
The batting too hasn’t clicked well. Shubman Gill, their best batter in IPL 2020 has not played a single valuable knock yet. Nitish Rana showed good form in the initial few matches, but nothing in the remaining three. Tripathi and Russel have been decent, and Morgan and Karthik have been a disappointment. The bowling too hasn’t clicked well for KKR. Leave Russell’s 5-15 vs Mumbai Indians, KKR’s bowlers have yielded below-par performance.
Overall, Kolkata Knight Riders get a rating of 5.8 in the batting department, 6.2 in the bowling department, 7.9 for Team performance, and a weighted average overall rating of 6.63.
#7: Punjab Kings – 6.71
Team Rating – 7.8 // Batting Rating – 6.3 // Bowling Rating – 6.1
Punjab Kings started their campaign with a close win against Rajasthan Royals, but followed that with 3 losses before jumping back with a win in the last match. As a team, PBKS did a few blunders in the team selection, and from the performance point of view, bowling looked a touch dependant on Shami and Arshdeep.
KL Rahul continued his stunning form in IPL scoring three fifties so far with 2 being match-winning knocks. Mayank and Gayle did well in a couple of matches, but they had a below-par tournament overall. Meanwhile, Pooran has had the worst start to his IPL 2021 season. Uncapped Deepak Hooda has done well in the matches he has played.
Bowling for Punjab Kings has been too much about Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh. Barring these two, none of their bowlers looked threatening; especially the overseas duo of Richardson and Meredith. Murugan Ashwin hasn’t been a wicket-taker, and Bishnoi was surprisingly played only 1 match, which he did well.
Overall, Punjab Kings get a rating of 6.3 in the batting department, 6.1 in the bowling department, 7.8 for Team performance, and a weighted average overall rating of 6.71.
#6: Rajasthan Royals – 7.06
Team Rating – 8.2 // Batting Rating – 5.8 // Bowling Rating – 7.2
Rajasthan Royals finished their phase 1 of IPL 2021 with 2 wins from 5 games. Not a good start this is to their IPL 2021 campaign, but honestly, they played better cricket than IPL 2020 in these 5 matches so far. Out of the 3 matches they lost, they definitely deserve to win the first match where Sanju Samson struck a century.
The batting for Rajasthan Royals was primarily dependant on Sanju Samson, who was decent overall. Barring him, Miller scored a fifty once and Buttler managed a 49 once, but nothing other than this. In the bowling, Morris was the star for RR as he finished with 9 wickets from 5 games. Sakariya too has been impressive so far in his debut season. Fizz did well in parts, but was below-par overall
Overall, Rajasthan Royals get a rating of 5.8 in the batting department, 7.2 in the bowling department, 8.2 for Team performance, and a weighted average overall rating of 7.06.
#5: Mumbai Indians – 7.38
Team Rating – 8.6 // Batting Rating – 6.5 // Bowling Rating – 7.1
The strongest team on paper ahead of IPL 2021, but a not so strongest performance in the tournament so far. With 2 wins from 5 games, Mumbai Indians are politely sitting at the number 4 position in the points table. This seems to be the only positive point for the team that has performed way below the expectations.
So, what went wrong for Mumbai Indians so far in IPL 2021? Well, the main reason for the Underperformance is linked to their adaption to the Chennai pitch. Most of the MI batsmen are suited for pacey Wankhede pitches, and barring Rohit Sharma, who was good overall, and somewhat Suryakumar Yadav, none of the MI batsmen played well.
The bowling also wasn’t something exceptional. Barring Rahul Chahar, who was good overall, the duo of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah didn’t impress. Sure, they have had a few decent outings with the ball, but given their history, a lot more was expected. Krunal Pandya has been a disappointment too, and Hardik’s lack of bowling was clearly visible.
Overall, Mumbai Indians get a rating of 6.5 in the batting department, 7.1 in the bowling department, 8.6 for Team performance, and a weighted average overall rating of 7.1.
#4: Sunrisers Hyderabad – 7.79
Team Rating – 8.7 // Batting Rating – 7.7 // Bowling Rating – 7.0
Struggling to find the right balance in all the 5 matches, SRH have begun their IPL 2021 campaign with just 1 win from 5 games, and are currently sitting at the number 7 position on the points table. However, SRH haven’t given as bad a performance as the table shows. Ignore their team selection and batting-order blunders, they have been decent overall.
Jonny Bairstow and Rashid Khan have been their best players so far in the tournament. Both have performed in almost all the matches, and have led from the front. David Warner hasn’t been his original self as yet. Kane Williamson has been excellent in the two matches he has played. The injury to T Natarajan was a big blow, and Bhuvi’s form has been a big concern for SRH.
Overall, Sunrisers Hyderabad get a rating of 7.7 in the batting department, 7 in the bowling department, 8.7 for Team performance, and a weighted average overall rating of 7.79.
#3: Chennai Super Kings – 8.2
Team Rating – 9.4 // Batting Rating – 8.1 // Bowling Rating – 7.2
After a horror performance in IPL 2020, MS Dhoni led CSK are back to their original best self. Having played 5 matches so far, CSK have managed to win 4 of them, and their only defeat came in the high scoring encounter against Delhi Capitals. Overall, they are the current table-toppers with a healthy NRR of +1.61.
Batting for CSK has been led by their Mr. Consistent, Faf du Plessis, who apart from the first match has done really well. Moeen Ali has been the smartest addition for CSK this year. He provided the much-needed impetus at the start in all the matches he has played. Ruturaj, who after 3 failures made a strong comeback with 2 good knocks. Meanwhile, Jadeja, Raina and Ambati Rayudu have been good in the limited opportunities they have got.
The bowling for CSK has been kind of decent with Deepak Chahar being the best of all with a rating of 7.1, followed by Moeen Ali, who has given good too with the ball. Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, and Shardul Thakur have been kind of decent, and with the Mumbai phase done, we can expect better of them.
Overall, Chennai Super Kings get a rating of 8.1 in the batting department, 7.2 in the bowling department, 9.4 for Team performance, and a weighted average overall rating of 8.2.
#2: Royal Challengers Bangalore – 8.36
Team Rating – 9 // Batting Rating – 8.5 // Bowling Rating – 7.6
With all the noise surrounding the auction after their expensive buys in the form of notorious Glenn Maxwell and tall Kiwi Kyle Jamieson, RCB have done extremely well in the first phase of the tournament so far. They are second on the table with 4 wins from 5 games so far, and their only disappointing defeat came against CSK.
RCB have seen the best batting performance among all the teams with all their top 4 batters doing well. Maxwell has been the best of all having performed in almost all the matches. Padikkal’s Mumbai leg was excellent, and AB de Villiers was superexcellent in Chennai. However, Virat Kohli has been kind of decent. Apart from these 4, there hasn’t been any good contribution with the bat from RCB.
Harshal Patel has been the best bowler of the tournament so far having got 15 wickets from 5 games. However, barring Harshal, there has been decent contributions from Kyle Jamieson and Mohammed Siraj. The spin duo of Yuzi Chahal and Washi Sundar hasn’t done any good as yet.
Overall, Royal Challengers Bangalore get a rating of 8.5 in the batting department, 7.6 in the bowling department, 9 for Team performance, and a weighted average overall rating of 8.36.
#1: Delhi Capitals – 8.41
Team Rating – 9.6 // Batting Rating – 7.5 // Bowling Rating – 8.2
The best team of the tournament so far, and rightly so. Sitting comfortably at number 2 position, Delhi Capitals have won 4 out of 5 games so far, and the one they lost was a marginal loss in the 20th over against the Rajasthan Royals. The team has a healthy NRR of +0.3, and this should only make their play-off Qualification easier.
The batting for Delhi Capitals has been led by the dynamic duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. Both have been in good form so far, and have capitalized the powerplay superbly. Rishabh Pant has been decent, and has provided the stability in a couple of matches. However, the team would need a step up from Smith, Stoinis, and Hetmyer, who have been below-par.
Delhi Capitals’ bowling has been mostly about the performance of Uncapped Avesh Khan. The lad has their best bowler so far, and has done really well in the middle overs and death Overs. Rabada, who missed the first match has only struggled so far. Ashwin, Mishra, and Axar have done well in parts, but overall as a team, Delhi Capitals bowlers have done really well.
Overall, with the best team ranking for IPL 2021, Delhi Capitals get a rating of 7.5 in the batting department, 8.2 in the bowling department, 9.6 for Team performance, and a weighted average overall rating of 8.4.
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