IPL 2020: 5 overseas players to look out for in the auctions
The fact that there is a cap of four overseas players in the playing XI, makes them all the more coveted entities in the Indian Premier League.
From Brendon McCullum to Chris Gayle, several international players have left an indelible mark on the tournament and have been embraced by the fans as their own.
This edition of the IPL presents an opportunity for some of the leading players in international cricket to have a taste of the Indian T20 league and experience madness that is only reserved for the subcontinent.
With that, it is time to list out five overseas players to look out for in the IPL 2020 auctions, to be held on December 19 in Kolkata.
Just 23 years of age, Janneman Malan has done an exceptional job for his Mzansi Super League franchise Cape Town Blitz and is the leading scorer for the team, second year running.
The opener has already scored 298 runs at an average of over 40 and a strike rate of 150, including two half-centuries and the highest score of unbeaten 99 and will certainly be on the radar of the IPL franchises.
In his 44-match T20 career, Malan averages in excess of 30 and has a strike rate of more than 135, which is on the incline. Hence, he is a very exciting option for the cash-rich league's stakeholders to look at.
Eoin Morgan is one of the only 9 players to be drafted in the Rs 1.5 crore bracket and there will certainly a buzz around the English white-ball captain. Morgan, who does not play Test cricket, has become a franchise globetrotter of sorts and plies his trade in various leagues all over the world.
The skipper played only 9 innings for Middlesex in the Vitality Blast this year but scored 341 runs at an average of 42.62 and a strike rate of close to 170, forming a deadly pair with AB de Villiers.
Morgan also ended as one of the top 10 scorers in the recently concluded Abu Dhabi T10 League with 175 runs from 6 games at an average of 43.75 and a strike rate of 186.17.
Teams such as Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians, who are a couple of batsmen short, will keep a close eye on Morgan.
One of the most well-known names to have signed the Kolpak deal, Kyle Abbott is among the most talented T20 pacers in the business. Having played 153 T20s, Abbott has 155 wickets to his name at a decent average and unacceptable economy of 8.24.
In his most recent exploit, apart from hogging the limelight in the County Championship, Abbott delivered some notable performances in the Mzansi Super League 2019.
His pace and control make him a coveted proposition for the IPL franchises.
Tom Banton is considered the next big thing in the English cricketing circles. He was the second-highest scorer in this year's edition of the Vitality Blast with 549 runs from 13 innings at an average of 42.23 and a strike rate over 160. He scored four half-centuries in the tournament to go along with his ton.
At just 21 years of age, Banton made his T20I debut against New Zealand in Nelson and has been earmarked for the national team. Like with most talented players, the question in his case is when, not if. He gave glimpses of his talent with a couple of half-centuries in the Abu Dhabi T10 League.
Even if the franchises do not intend to include him in the playing XI as of now, it would be a good idea to catch him young as he could help the team win several matches as he blossoms in the following years.
England's recent five-match T20I series against New Zealand belonged to David Malan, who amassed 208 runs from 4 running at an average of almost 70 and a strike rate of close to 165. One of the contenders for the English top order for the upcoming T20 World Cup, Malan scored a 51-ball 103-run knock at a strike rate of over 200 to attract the attention of the cricketing world.
He had earlier finished as the third-highest scorer in Vitality Blast 2019 with 490 runs from 14 games at an average of over 40 and a strike rate of close to 150. His international experience and current form may fetch him a few more bucks than his compatriot Tom Banton.
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