The last five to ten overs of a limited overs of a cricket match is termed as slog overs, also known as death overs in cricket. The batting team tries to score as many runs as possible to increase the total of the innings whereas the bowling team tries to restrict the opponent team by high functioning defensive fielding as much as they can. All in all, a total pressure situation on both the fronts that requires real techniques and experience.
With the IPL game on the peak, many are speculating how this deadly death over is going to turn to out this time. Here are the list of top 5 finishers who can give the opponent team a run for their money this IPL season during the slog overs –
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni
MS Dhoni might not be in the same form as he was a decade ago, but he is still the first choice as a finisher for many. Perhaps one of the best finishers the Indian team has ever seen, his IPL performance against Axar Patel in the recent seasons where he scored 24 runs in the last few overs is still one of his memorable performances. His sensible yet ruthless batting makes him one of the top contenders to decimate any bowling attack in the slog overs.
- AB de Villiers
This multi-talented 36-year-old South African international cricketer is a force to be reckoned with. If he comes on the pitch during the last overs, the audience has all the right to expect a minimum of 30 runs from him. This destructive player can sure add enormous advantage to the Royal Challengers Bangalore during the death overs if Kohli plans to place him in the batting order wisely.
- Hardik Pandya
If we have arguably the best finisher in the Indian cricket team in the name of MS Dhoni, then we also have his successor in the face of Hardik Pandya. His strong hits and great techniques make him an excellent choice as a powerful contender for the slog overs. By hitting a memorable six in his very first game on the second ball, and his clean strikes against spin balls, make him an added advantage to the Mumbai Indians this IPL season.
- Suresh Raina
This 29 year old, middle order aggressive batsman need no introduction to the audience. The all time highest scorer in the IPL, with the strike rate close to 145 in the last IPL season, Suresh Raina is all set to give some jaw dropping hits this season to his opponent and fans. One of the best finishers in line, Chennai Super Kings will have no problem in the death overs by him staying on their side.
- Ben Stokes
Known for his destructive strikes and hits, Ben Stokes is all set to show the world what he’s capable of once again in the IPL season 11, especially after all the recent controversies he has gone through. His unbeatable strike rate of more than 160 last season and his contribution to the victory of Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL 2017 against Gujrat Lions’ is enough to expect a plenty of him this season too, especially if we get to watch him during the sloth overs.