Batting has always been a major part of our success. It all began at that first match when an audacious Brendon McCullum hit 158* to set the attitude! Since then various batsmen have contributed to our batting legacy and this year looks to be no different.
Let us take a look at the batting options available in this year's IPL.
Our batting firepower line-up will be led by Captain cool Gautam Gambhir and the flamboyant, Robin Uthappa. The duo has had tremendous success with some crucial match-winning partnerships and share a great rapport as well. They will look to build a solid foundation and give the team a prodigious start like they have been doing so far.
In the middle, we have Manish Pandey who helped us win our second IPL title and would be keen to echo his heroics. Pandey, who has not consistently been a part of the Indian ODI and T20I XI, will look at this season as the perfect occasion to play crucial knocks and impress the selectors, once again. Explosive hitters like Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan and Suryakumar Yadav complete the fiery middle-order. With the absence of Andre Russell, these three have to take up the mantle of hitting lusty blows in the death overs.
Speaking about the all-rounders; Shakib Al Hasan, our Mr. Reliable will give us the much needed balance and stability in the middle order along with Rovman Powell and Rishi Dhawan who can be pretty handy with the bat and can add important runs. Our versatile new entrant Chris Woakes and spinner Piyush Chawla can use the long handle as well. Darren Bravo, Ishank Jaggi and Sheldon Jackson will be given a chance to showcase their skills and they will surely be looking forward to perform in the opportunities that they get.
The batting setup looks more compact than ever and we are ready to "Whack the ball out of the park" to win our third IPL title!