VIVO IPL 2020: 5 all-rounders to look out for in the auctions
The classic definition of being able to make the side on the basis of the primary vocation has somewhat gone out of the window, with bits and pieces players flourishing across leagues all over the world.
How cool an idea is it to be good in two or more facets at the same time, when you come to think of it. He can bat and he can bowl. Bravo!
It is because of this quality that all-rounders are ruling the T20 format. You don't necessarily have to be good at something for a very long time. If only you can apply yourself to it for a bit, you have done your job.
Here's listing out five all-rounders to look out for in the IPL 2020 auctions.
Chris Morris has always had all the makings of being a sensational all-rounder. When on full swing, he can clock it up to 150 kmph and is as good as anyone when it comes to hitting the ball out of the park. Still, he is no longer a certainty in his national side. Apart from sparks of excellence, Morris has been inconsistent by and large over the years.
That said, with an IPL career average of 27.21 with the bat, a strike rate of 157.62, a bowling average of under 25 and an economy rate below 8, the Protea still has good enough figures for teams to go all out for him.
Morris' bowling has also come a long way and he complemented Kagiso Rabada in the ODI World Cup. In the current edition of the Mzansi Super League as well, he has been bowling at an economy of under 8 and will particularly interest franchises looking for an overseas pace bowling all-rounder.
Remember the name, something that he said after taking West Indies to the last ICC T20 World Cup trophy, by hitting Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the last over. This is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Carlos Brathwaite. He was on the other side of the line when his heave was caught, agonisingly short of the boundary ropes in the World Cup encounter against New Zealand.
Brathwaite, undoubtedly, has a lot of potential but has not quite been able to convert it into performances. This is the reason why after once being the captain of the West Indies T20I team, he does not even find a place in the side as of now. His IPL career average of 13.92 from 16 matches also indicates the same.
Brathwaite was released by Kolkata Knight Riders this year and there is little doubt that he will be picked by some franchise or the other. There is a possibility that KKR might pick him as a backup option for the injury-prone Andre Russell.
Due to the presence of big overseas names like Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Lasith Malinga and Kieron Pollard in Mumbai Indians, Ben Cutting got to play only three matches in the last season in which he could manage only 18 runs and one wicket. Following that, he has been released by the franchise and will go back to the auctions.
Cutting has been in decent form around the T20 circuit and did a fine job in the Global T20 Canada League as well as the Abu Dhabi T10 League, concluded recently. He contributed 249 runs for Brisbane Heat in the last season of the Big Bash League at an average of almost 25 and a strike rate of over 150, to go along with 12 wickets and will be a handy pick for any franchise.
It was perhaps the fascination of the Indian fans with Sam Curran, as he turned out to be a talisman for England on the team's Test tour of England in 2018, that led to Sam Curran being picked for Rs 7.2 crores by Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019. Curran is a useful player but he is not your typical T20 all-rounder, who has a big build and can clear the ropes with with ease while scaring the batsmen with his pace.
Naturally, such a big amount did not seem to pay off that well despite Curran's 95 runs from 9 games at an average of 23.75 and 10 wickets at an average of 32.30. He will go back to the auctions this year and although there is a strong possibility of him being picked, it would be a surprise if he gets even half the amount he did last year.
It is surprising for a player of all-round talent such as Jimmy Neesham to have played just four matches in the IPL and that too, way back in 2014 for Delhi Capitals. However, Neesham's exploits in the World Cup and the leagues all around the globe might have done enough to ensure him being picked in this year's auctions.
The all-rounder almost single handedly pummelled his team forward in the Global T20 Canada League. With a T20 batting average of around 25 and a strike rate of close to 140, coupled with a bowling average of 25.57 are good enough numbers for the franchises to go for him.
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