Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers among the foreign players for whom the upcoming IPL 2020 would be very crucial for the selection in the T20 World Cup 2020.
Into its 13th edition, the Indian Premier League has emerged as one of the most important tournaments for not only the Indian cricketers but also many Overseas cricketers across the globe.
The Tournament has been responsible for shaping the future of many players. The likes of Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Shane Watson, Andre Russell, Jos Buttler, David Warner, Ab de Villiers, etc. have been successful in the International arena, and part of the reason for that has been the IPL.
The performance in the IPL has become such an important criterion that even teams like Australia, South Africa, England, etc. consider IPL performances while selecting their T20I squads. This is because IPL is a world-class tournament, and doing well here suggests good form and terrific skills.
In the upcoming season too, few foreign cricketers would be banking on this aspect to resurrect their International careers. In this article, we take a look at 5 such foreign players, and analyze why IPL 2020 will be crucial for them.
#5: Chris Morris
Having been a concrete part of South Africa’s T20 squad in the past, Chris Morris is no longer a confirmed member to play for the Proteas in every game due to his drop in form.
However, the tall all-rounder can set this right with a good performance in the upcoming IPL with RCB. Chris Morris, who was bought for a handsome amount by RCB is certain to play all the games for RCB as he provides the much-needed balance to the squad.
Morris is considered as the answer to RCB’s death-bowling woes, and hence, his performance will be under the scanner next season. If Morris does well, he can easily make a statement to South Africa’s National Team selectors for T20 World Cup 2020.
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#4: Chris Lynn
Chris Lynn’s career with the Australian Cricket Team has come to a deadlock. With poor form and frequent injuries, Lynn has been unable to dismantle the combination of Aaron Finch and David Warner at the top.
However, If he can put up a good show in the IPL, Lynn could still make a case for his inclusion in Australia’s World T20 squad as a backup opener. He has also been in stunning touch milking runs in other tournaments like the T10 league and the BBL.
Moreover, Lynn is going to play for Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede next season, where the track is flat, and suits his style of play. Also, compared to KKR, MI’s batting unit is stronger, and Lynn can play with more freedom. Hence, the upcoming season will be very important for the opening batsman.
#3: Chris Gayle
Gayle’s situation is a bit strange right now. While he has not given any clarity about his future with the West Indies, the stakes of the big Jamaican have decreased to an extent in the global T20 leagues too. But, IPL may be a good platform to solve both these issues at one go.
While he can evaluate whether he is good enough for World T20, a good show in the IPL will also guarantee Chris Gayle of lucrative contracts across the globe for the next year. However, the margin for error would be narrow for the player next season. Any failure with the bat would put his position in jeopardy.
#2: Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine is also in a spot of bother in regards to his career with the West Indies. A spate of injuries and contract issues have not allowed him to play for WI consistently. Meanwhile, his competitors, Fabian Allen and Courtney Walsh Jr. have started doing well for the two-time World T20 champions, West Indies.
Narine’s impact in IPL too has been dropped in the last two seasons. While he has leaked runs with the ball at times, Narine has not been great with the bat too. Nevertheless, he would still play the majority of games for KKR next season.
#1: AB de Villiers
ABD recently expressed interest to come out of retirement, and play the World T20 later this year. The player also received support from his collaborators in this aspect. However, AB must demonstrate his worth in the subsequent months if the aforementioned has to come to fruition.
AB’s next significant project is the IPL, where he will look to lead RCB to its maiden title. Opportunities would be plenty for the 35-year-old at the event, and if there are any uncertainties regarding his form, it will be here that AB can put all of them to rest.
So, these are the 5 foreign players for whom IPL 2020 would be crucial. Which foreign player are you most excited ? Do let us know in the comments below.