IPL 2024 Report Card: Rating all teams as KKR dominate to win title

KKR beat SRH to win the Indian Premier League on May 26, Sunday. KKR dominated SRH from ball one and eventually won the match by a margin of 8 wickets. The Shreyas Iyer side were head and shoulders above the rest of the teams. So much so, that they beat the second best team in the tournament (SRH), three times, in three different surfaces and three different venues.

There were several teams that underachieved this season and then there were others who punched much above their weight. On that note, here are the report cards and ratings of all teams from the IPL 2024 season.

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KKR – 9.5/10

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Head and shoulders above the rest, KKR were a brilliant unit. In hiring of Gautam Gambhir worked like a dream as KKR made small but useful tweaks to their team. Sunil Narine’s promotion to the top of the table worked like a gem. Varun Chakravarthy bowed like himself once again and Phil Salt, coming in as a replacement player, made one of the biggest impacts this season.

And not to forget Mitchell Starc. The much-criticised signing from KKR ripped into the famed batting line-up of SRH in the playoffs stage of the tournament and proved his worth once again at the top level.

SRH – 7/10

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SRH completely changed their identity this season. Led by Pat Cummins, SRH looked like a strong unit for the first time in the last three seasons. The team changed their philosophy from a bowling-heavy side to a batting-heavy side and stroked fear into the opposition side with their aggressive performance on the field.

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RR – 6/10

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RR were looking like a champion side in the first half of the season but lost steam in the final stages of the IPL. After the exit of Jos Buttler due to international commitments, RR just could not handle the pressure. After beating RCB in the Eliminator, RR crumbled against SRH.

The Sanju Samson-led side had the talent and should ideally have done better in the tournament.

RCB – 6/10

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RCB were 1/10 in the first half of the tournament, and then in the last 6 matches of the group stage they were 11/10. The side punched above their weight in terms of bowling might at least. The lack of an experienced, international quality spinner bothered them a lot.

Props to the team that they were able to bring and stick to an aggressive approach in the middle of the season, which paid dividends for them.

CSK – 7/10

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Chennai were going strong for the larger part of the IPL. Some solid performances from Ruturaj Gaikwad, Tushar Deshpande and Matheesha Pathirana kept them on the track to reach the playoffs. However, multiple injury concerns with the bowling department at the back end of the tournament led to CSK’s downfall this season.

The fans had geared for a farewell ending for MS Dhoni in the IPL 2024, but they were not able to get that.

DC – 5.5/10

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DC were marred by injuries to Mukesh Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav this season. The young Indian core and the lucky break for Jake Fraser-McGurk made Delhi a really dangerous team this season. At their best, Delhi were world beaters, but they took a long time to find that best.

DC managed Rishabh Pant really well before the tournament and the captain looked like a world beater once again. However, the captaincy and some tactical decisions – like sending Pant down the order, and moving Abishek Porel all over the place – were questionable.

LSG – 4/10

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LSG traded in Devdutt Padikkal into their team and let go of Avesh Khan. The confusing set of moves did not end there as they failed to find a No. 3 for the majority of the tournament.

KL Rahul’s approach to batting once again confused many. Some days he was exciting to watch, on others he was back as the KL Rahul who irked the fans with his defensive approach. The injury to Mayank Yadav took steam out of their bowling attack and they ended up finishing at 7th this season.

GT – 3/10

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GT were handicapped by the exit of Hardik Pandya and the injury to Mohammed Shami. They never recovered from the same and despite trying their best in the latter half of the season, the wins did not come.

Rashid Khan was not exactly the best bowler in the tournament and that meant that GT finished 8th this season after appearing in the finals in 2022 and 2023.

PBKS – 2.5/10

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Shashank Singh, Ashutosh Singh and Harpreet Brar are the only high points for PBKS this season. Just like every other year, PBKS players never played as a unit and the team were not able to get over the line.

PBKS were not able to use their home ground to their advantage and ended up finishing in the 9th place in the league table.

MI – 2/10

On-field controversies, off-field controversies, MI went through a lot this season. The franchise and their new captain were abused on the field by their own fans and MI could not recover from that. Jasprit Bumrah’s return was not able to guide the side out of their batting troubles and they finished in the bottom spot in IPL 2024.

Published By:

Kingshuk Kusari

Published On:

May 27, 2024

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