Opening the bowling with spinners is not a new thing. However, yet, giving the new ball to a spinner is always a brave decision. There could be a scenario wherein a few spinners might be designated this role of opening the bowling. This will depend on the conditions and the matchups. On that note, here, we take a look at the list of three spinners who could open the bowling often in IPL 2024.
1) Varun Chakaravarthy
Varun Chakaravarthy is one of the spinners who could open the bowling often in IPL 2024. He has done that before in the IPL, as well. However, Varun could have a more important role in this regard in IPL 2024.
While Mitchell Starc will bowl the first over, it is not sure who will bowl from the other end. Both Harshit Rana and Chetan Sakariya cannot be considered attacking options. Hence, Varun could be given this responsibility.
2) R Ashwin
R Ashwin has opened the bowling on several occasions before in the IPL. He might continue to do a similar role in IPL 2024.
There are reports that two bouncers will be allowed in an over in IPL 2024. This will increase the importance of Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan and Kuldeep Sen in the middle overs. To save more overs of these youngsters, R Ashwin could open the bowling in some matches.
3) Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar has bowled a lot in the powerplay in IPL. However, in IPL 2024, he could have a genuine necessity to take the new ball.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar does not have a confirmed new-ball partner for IPL 2024. Pat Cummins is needed in the middle overs and Marco Jansen cannot be afforded in the playing XI. Akash Singh and Jaydev Unadkat are the other options but both could be inconsistent. Hence, Washi could do this job in IPL 2024.