IPL 2020 Auction: Chris Lynn is the most promising prospect from the list of released overseas players.
Kolkata, which is hosting the historic Pink ball Test match would also host the mega IPL 2020 Auction on December 19. With the date fast-approaching, all the franchises have immersed themselves in the preparation for the event with all their calculations and permutation & combinations.
The previous auction was a kind of dull event from the overseas players’ point of view considering many star overseas players backed out of the event owing to their plans for ICC World Cup 2019. However, the scene looks promising this time with ICC T20 World Cup being scheduled just after IPL 2020.
Talents across the globe will be vying to play in the IPL, and showcase their skills on a bigger platform. Apart from new overseas players, 34 overseas cricketers who were recently released by the teams would also have their names called out at the auction.
Teams have been very aggressive with their retention policy this time. Barring Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, and Sunrisers Hyderabad, the other teams have released many overseas players owing to their performance and high price tag.
In this regard, we have identified five players from the released list of released overseas players who could dominate the IPL 2020 Auction.
#5: Colin Munro – New Zealand
Purchased by Delhi Capitals amidst much fanfare a few seasons ago, Munro failed to set the ball rolling with the franchise. While DC’s jam-packed top-order last season did not allow the Kiwi to find sufficient game-time in the competition, he failed to impress in the limited opportunities he got.
But, given his explosive abilities at the top, Colin Munro can be a wonderful asset at the top for the teams that lack a quality opening batsman. His main strength lies in taking it to the bowlers from the word go, and putting them under pressure. Moreover, Munro is also a useful medium-pace bowler.
Teams that could target Colin Munro:
Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Rajasthan Royals.
#4: Colin de Grandhomme – New Zealand
RCB could have thought about the prospect of retaining Colin de Grandhomme for the upcoming season. Although CDG did not set the stage on fire last season, his current form ranks him above plenty of other all-rounders in the auction pool.
CDG has this unique ability to lift his team towards victory in unlikely situations. Be it with the bat or the ball, the Kiwi cannot be kept away from the game for a very long time. While his enormous muscle-strength translates to huge sixes consistently, CDG’s slow medium-paced deliveries could work on certain tracks in India.
Teams that could target Colin de Grandhomme:
Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, and Delhi Capitals.
#3: David Miller – South Africa
It is difficult not to associate David Miller with Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. However, with the middle-order options that KXIP already have, we might have to get used to this for the upcoming season.
Miller has just played 18 games in the last three editions, and has added only 370 runs to the team’s tally since 2017. This is disappointing from the person, who was once a sole retainer at the auction for KXIP. However, Miller is still a superb middle-order batsman who just needs some time in the middle to regain his touch. His big-hitting abilities are well-known and very well suited for the tournament.
Moreover, Miller is a terrific fielder, and can contribute even when he fails to get going with the bat. His rich experience in the IPL is invaluable, and will be his major strength to attract huge bids at the auction.
Teams that could target David Miller:
Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings, and Mumbai Indians.
#2 Chris Morris – South Africa
Having traded Trent Boult to Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals were certain to keep hold of Chris Morris to stock their bowling unit. However, they sprung a surprise by releasing the South African to the auction pool. In doing so, the team beefed up its auction kitty to a good amount with this calculated move.
Chris Morris has the right attributes to be termed as a T20 specialist. An efficient bowler at the death, Morris also tends to collect wickets at the start of an innings. His ability to play the big shot also adds to his value as a T20 cricketer.
The only concern is Morris’s current form and fitness. If he can get hold of that, there could be many teams taking a shot at the tall South African at the auction.
Teams that could target Chris Morris:
Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Chennai Super Kings.
#1 Chris Lynn – Australia
A dashing opener who can win games for you single-handedly, KKR’s decision to part ways with Chris Lynn took many by surprise. However, considering the Aussie’s inconsistent showings, and a hefty price-tag, KKR’s bold call looks slightly justified.
That said, Lynn’s mindset is different right now. A spot in the Australia Team is not firmly on his mind at the moment, which has allowed the player to worry less about injuries while playing in the domestic T20 leagues.
In the ongoing T10 League in Dubai, Lynn has churned out two 80+ scores in a manner that justifies his destructive batting capabilities. A fresh campaign and a different franchise might get the best out of Chris Lynn. So, don’t be shocked if Chris Lynn becomes the highest bidder at the IPL 2020 Auction.
Teams that could target Chris Lynn:
Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, and Kolkata Knight Riders.
So, these are the top 5 overseas players who could fetch big at the IPL 2020 Auction. Apart from these, Evin Lewis, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Andrew Tye too could attract good bids.
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