IPL 2020: One player that each team will desperately want to buy in the auctions
With the trading window and annual auctions added to the IPL bouquet, there is a lot of activity going around the league throughout the year. Now, with the trading window elapsing, a lot of teams have released several players and will be looking for replacements in the upcoming auctions in Kolkata on December 19.
Every team is covered on some front but still has a couple of holes on another front. All the franchises would like to plug these loopholes in the auctions. With that in mind, let's have a look at one player that each team will want to desperately buy in the auctions.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have made some of the most intelligent auction picks over the years under the stewardship of head coach Tom Moody. However, Trevor Bayliss has now taken over and that might show some changes in the SRH strategy going forward.
The team has released three all-rounders in Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hudda. However, they still have plenty of spinners in Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Shahbaz Nadeem. They will like to rope in a pace bowling all-rounder which presents them with options such as Moises Henriques, Carlos Brathwaite, Sam Curran and Ben Cutting. All these cricketers can not only bowl 2-3 good overs but can also use the long handle well.
Chennai Super Kings
Despite Chennai Super Kings performing very well in the last couple of years, the visible chink in their armour is an explosive middle order. Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav and Suresh Raina are all touch players and leave too much for MS Dhoni to do at the end.
They team has overseas players like Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner and Dwayne Bravo which does not allow them to play an extra overseas batsman. Hence, an Indian explosive batsman will come in quite handy for them.
Prabhsimran Singh is a pretty good option who was bought by Kings XI Punjab last year but has now been released. He can provide some quick runs in the middle order for CSK.
Mumbai Indians have their core well in place with the Pandya brothers, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard and Malinga in the mix. While Rohit Sharma has been oscillating between number 4 and opening the batting, he is expected to come out at the top along with Quinton de Kock this time around.
The team has released Evin Lewis and will need a backup opener. Colin Munro and Martin Guptill provide them with solid options. Each of them will cost MI around Rs 1.0 - 1.5 crores and the team's remaining purse of Rs 13.05 crores allows them to rope in one of them.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders were handicapped last year due to a lot of injuries, all happening at the same time. They will be in a better position this time around. Their mainstay last year was Andre Russell who did the job of two and a half players with bat and ball. However, the drawback with him is that he is injury prone and you never know when he will have to sit out.
In that case, a good bet will be to have a backup pace bowling all-rounder. Kiwi all-rounder James Neesham has been performing well across T20 leagues and is somewhat underrated when it comes to ability. A T20 batting average of 24.59, strike rate of 138.38 and bowling average of 25.57 are good enough numbers to get him the gig.
Kings XI Punjab
With Rs 42.70 crores to spend, Kings XI Punjab have the most room to go for the option they like. They have released players like David Miller, Andrew Tye and Sam Curran which frees them a lot of moolah.
Punjab can go for Alzarri Joseph who picked up best IPL figures of 6/12 on debut for Mumbai Indians. His injury did not allow him to continue but he is back to ful fitness and can be a real asset for Punjab.
Delhi Capitals have released Chris Morris and have traded Trent Boult which is why they are a bit thin on pace bowling resources. The team has a great crop of Indian batsmen in Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane and will now target a express bowler.
New Zealand's Adam Milne and South Africa's Anrich Nortje can both bowl at 150 kmph and upwards and provide them with good tearaway options that can combine with Kagiso Rabada to form a formidable new-ball bowling pair.
Rajasthan Royal somehow made it to the playoffs last year but disappointed in terms of performance. Jos Buttler has been going well for them but he would need support from other batsmen. Ex-Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane has been traded to Delhi Capitals and Steve Smith will now permanently lead the side.
In Smith, Buttler and Stokes, the team has three proper batsmen but they will need someone to replace Rahane at the top of the order. Rahul Tripathi seems a good bet to open the batting along with Buttler. Tripathi has a IPL career average of over 25 and a strike rate of close to 140.
If ready to gamble, they can also go for Robin Uthappa was has been released by Kolkata Knight Riders.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
In Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, Royal Challengers Bangalore have two of the best batsmen in the world but have still been struggling over the last couple of years. The main reason for that is their bowling. No matter how many runs batsmen put on the board, the Bangalore bowlers fail to defend it.
They need a good pace bowler who does not leak runs and Jason Behrendorff can be an ideal option for them. The Australian also provides them with the left-arm variety which can exploit the weakness of the Indian batsmen against this angle. Behrendorff performed well for Australia in the World Cup and picked up a famous 5-wicket haul against England at Lord's, running through the team's top order.
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