Cricket is a team sport, and the Indian Premier League is no different. But sometimes individuals have the potential to turn a match on its head, the most notable example being Shane Watson’s century for Chennai Super Kings in their IPL final triumph against Sunrisers Hyderabad last year.
There is enough star power in the line-ups of both Chennai and arch-rivals Mumbai Indians, the teams facing off in this year’s summit clash so there is every reason to believe a repeat of 2018 is possible.
The defending champions have not had the most productive season with the bat, but their bowlers – in particular their spinners – have succeeded a great deal. It is the same with Mumbai, whose only batsman to find his name in the top run-getters this season – before the final – is Quinton de Kock. Again, it is their bowling that has got them over the line on key occasions in 2019. And who can forget how brilliant Hardik Panya has been with bat, ball and on the field.
However, one cannot rule out the possibility of Rohit Sharma – who has had a relatively quiet season – to do some serious damage when the stakes are high. Or for that matter, a match-turning burst from Lasith Malinga or Harbhajan Singh.
This unpredictability is one of the things that makes the IPL so exciting.
To find out who the eight potential match-winners on Sunday will be – and why – browse through the photo gallery above. To move on to the next position, click the arrows on the photo, or if using a mobile device simply swipe left/right.