Madurai Panthers had a reversal in fortunes this season as they won 5 out of 7 encounters ending second on the top. The team made it to the finals this year and emerged victorious against a red hot Dindigul Dragons. We take a look at everything behind Madurai’s success.
I Starting from scratch
The earlier franchise from Madurai- Madurai Supergiant had an abysmal track record in the TNPL. A change of name and new set-up has helped shrug off the bad vibes.
II. The mystery over mystery spinner
The Madurai think tank’s gamble with the mystery spin has clearly worked. While all the other teams had their first pick with National players like Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay,Siechem Madurai surprisingly started with Varun Chakravarthy. He has proved to be more than worthy with 7 wickets at an economy of 5.19 bowling in crunch situations and also chipped in with the willow.
III Taking the T20 Highway
T20 is all about options, how many options a 11 member side can offer depends on the number of all rounders. This year Madurai has great Depth in Batting and bowling with All rounders like J Koushik, Abishek Tanwar and pinch hitters, R Karthikayean and Kiran Akash. Mystery Spinner Varun is also handy with the bat having scored a hundred in TNCA league.
IV. Madurai- Finally a 11 member side
Madurai Panther’s biggest achievement probably lies in the fact that the whole team contributed.Shijit Chandran,J koushik,Thalaivan sargunam have all stepped up when required. Rahil Shah helped Madurai clinch their first TNPL title with a 3 wicket haul.
V. The battle hardened veteran arrived to the party
KB Arun Karthik has been Madurai’s beacon in TNPL often being the lone warrior. KB is one of the most experienced players having played for Tamil Nadu Ranji Team and also in the IPL. He has compiled 318 runs at a stellar average of 53 which is the third highest this season. He also won 3 man of the match awards. Scoring at a strike rate of 158 at the top of the order , he has provided great starts and also saw games through.