IPL 2020: 5 overseas all-rounders likely to boss the competition
Continuing our series along The Rule of Five: we also take a look at what ex-England, and now TV pundit, Kevin Pietersen has to say about the upcoming IPL 2020.
In his latest betway blog ‘5 IPL storylines I’m looking forward to covering’ he talks about living in a ‘covid bubble’ and how it may affect players’ performances.
KP will be commentating on the IPL 2020 in the UAE and will no doubt be giving a few online cricket tips as well.
Below we have listed out five overseas all-rounders who we have predicted will be the mainstays of their respective franchises in IPL 2020:
There were a couple of seasons when Chris Morris was absolutely on fire but his performances have tapered off over the last two years. Morris could manage only 32 runs from 9 IPL matches last year. He was better with the ball, picking up 13 wickets. In IPL 2018 as well, his figures with both bat and ball were quite ordinary.
This year, Royal Challengers Bangalore have picked him with high hopes. They expect him to bowl at the death and also do the finisher's job for them - two of the toughest gigs in the business.
But, the tag of an overseas all-rounder does bring a whole lot of expectation along with it and if Morris can repay the faith of the RCB management, he can well turn out to be one of the stars of the tournament.
Marcus Stoinis has been signed by Delhi Capitals to play the finisher's role for them. As seconded by Australia head coach Justin Langer, Stoinis is a much better player at the top of the order than in the middle order. Some of his best performances in the Big Bash League, where he is a sensation, have also come at the top of the order.
In IPL 2019, he did score his runs at an average of over 50 and a strike rate of 135, but didn't give a lot of output with the ball, picking up just two wickets from 10 matches. His bowling outputs were low in IPL 2018 and IPL 2017 as well.
Nevertheless, Delhi will expect him to take his game to the next level and do the needful.
Andre Russell has been on fire in the IPL. This has put him among the best T20 players on the planet. Dre Russ was sensational last year with 510 runs from 14 matches at an average of 56.66 and a strike rate of over 200, winning KKR many matches on his own.
Several injuries and niggles that Russell is always carrying prevent him from bowling full throttle. Still, the bowler has picked up 24 wickets from his last 30 IPL matches at an average of around 27 and an economy of under 10 RPO, which is almost a bonus, when he provides you scorchers with the bat.
Mohammad Nabi is a very capable batsman, but unfortunately, his batting has not been coming off that frequently of late. With the ball, he is an absolute sensation and recently picked up his maiden T20 5-wicket haul in the Caribbean Premier League.
Nabi is one of the few finger spinners around who can keep runs dry and hence, is in high demand in leagues all across the world.
At 36, Bravo is not getting any younger and that is having some impact on his death bowling. Possibly, his slower balls have been found out a bit, but he is still impactful. Bravo maintained an economy of just about 8 RPO in IPL 2019 while picking up 11 wickets from 12 matches.
Broavo has been talking up his new slower delivery and that coupled with his cricket wisdom and the ability to tonk a few balls batting at 7or 8, make him a great value addition.
Pietersen was writing as a spokesperson for IPL Betting site Betway.
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