Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya might struggle at the IPL this year

Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya

Ramiz Raja, the former batsman from Pakistan, reckons that spinners will have a crucial role to play at the IPL this year. This can make life difficult for batsmen like Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. Both these players play for the IPL champions of four times, Mumbai Indians.

This comment has been made at a time when Kieron Pollard is in a hot form in the Caribbean Premiere League. He had played a game that was impactful for his team, Trinbago Knight Riders.

Ramiz Raja added that he feels the teams that have a department of good spin will farewell. This was said in an interview in the Cric Cast show of YouTube. He feels that the team selection will be different this year. The big hitters are going to face a struggle. He forecasted that fast bowling is going to be difficult and there will be a lot of variations this year.

Raja also spoke about playing matches on empty grounds, adding that this will be challenging for the players to play with the normal level of enthusiasm. This is more so for a team like the Kolkota Knight Riders as this team thrives from playing to packed stadiums in their own home grounds.

The staying behind closed doors will also have an impact as you will be staying like a prisoner in an environment that is bio-secure and you have to put in your best performance.

Raja further added that the big teams that are playing away from their homes where they had an advantage, is different from playing in UAE with multiple restrictions. Kolkata Knight Riders had an advantage when they played in the Eden Gardens in Kolkota, where they got all the support they needed from the crowds. For that matter, even RCB playing in Bangalore and get an advantage there.

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He added that it will be interesting to observe how the players will adjust under these abnormal circumstances.

Mumbai Indians (MI) will be taking on CSK (Chennai Super Kings) in the opening match on September 19th at Abu Dhabi.

IPL is like a festive season for its fans and the quality of cricket played during these matches is sheer class. IPL has managed to get popularity globally and has also revolutionized the manner in which this game is played.

Mumbai Indians (MI) have managed to dominate this game like no other team and following closely is the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Though Mumbai Indians claim to have one of the strongest team of the tournament, there might be some selection problems.

During the auctions of the IPL that took place in December 2019, each of the team made an effort to solidify the gaps in their respective teams.

This IPL tournament holds great importance for not only the players but also for the million fans around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced some drastic changes made in this tournament and no one knows how this will affect the players.