Mandeep Singh Set To Take 'Finisher' Role For KXIP In IPL 2020
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Mandeep Singh Set To Take ‘Finisher’ Role For KXIP In IPL 2020

Mandeep Singh
Mandeep Singh (Credits: Twitter)

Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh has been a regular feature in the IPL, though his roles and franchises have changed over the years. Mandeep Singh began his IPL career with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) before joining Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2015. He later returned to play with the likes of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle and re-joined the KXIP squad in the 2019 season.

The right-hand batsman has a strike-rate above 137 which makes him a perfect fit for the finisher’s role. This is also a bit of change for Mandeep Singh as he bats in the top-order while playing white-ball cricket. But Mandeep has taken up the challenge and keen on continuing to bat as a finisher for KXIP.

Mandeep Singh Set To Take 'Finisher' Role For KXIP In IPL 2020
Mandeep Singh. BCCI

““In white-ball cricket, I have always batted in top three. Batting at 5 or 6 is quite difficult. In the last season, I was only getting two to three balls to face. So for a top-order batsman playing down the order is difficult but challenging too,” Mandeep told The Times of India.

“I will have to see what my role is going to be this year. If the team will choose me as a finisher, I am game for it. During the net sessions, I will ask bowlers to bowl like it is the 19th or 20th over, and I will try to hit out from ball one,” he added.

Mandeep Singh Set To Take 'Finisher' Role For KXIP In IPL 2020

He has the experience of playing 97 IPL matches to his name and scored at an average of 22. Mandeep has scored 1529 runs in the lucrative tournament with five half-centuries to his name. His slogging ability also makes him a handful for the side.

IPL 2020 will get underway from September 19 with its final being played on November 10. The lucrative tournament will be played for the second time in UAE. However, the fixtures are still to be confirmed, but it looks like Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will face off against Mumbai Indians in the inaugural contest.