Now that we are done with the trading window, and releasing and retaining of players, the focus shifts towards the auction of IPL 2020, which is highly anticipated in the cricketing circle. The auction is all set to take place in Kolkata for the first time and December 19 is going to be a big day for all the franchises of the cash-rich league. The IPL auction is also a very exciting time for players, as it is their moment to become millionaires in a blink of an eye. Today, we take a look at 5 Players who might get big bucks in IPL auction:
Premier Australian fast bowlers have a tendency to skip IPL, so that they can maintain their fitness for international cricket. But, it is likely to change this time around with focus of players and teams shifting to shortest format as next big ICC event is set to be T20 World Cup, that will take place next year. After having missed last four seasons of IPL, Mitchell Starc is likely to appear in IPL 2020. He is a gun white-ball bowler. Starc has left-arm angle, hostile pace and ability to execute impeccable Yorkers in death overs. The highest wicket-taker in 2019 World Cup is likely to get an expensive bid in the IPL auction.
Hard-hitting English batsman, Tom Banton is hyped as the next big thing in English cricket. The Buckinghamshire-born batsman shot to fame with his exploits in the T20 Blast this year. The right-hander blasted 549 runs at an average of 42.23 with a strike-rate of 161.47. He also won the PCA Young Player of the Year award this year and went on to make his debut in the New Zealand T20I series, where he impressed everyone with his audacious strokeplay. The Somerset star has drawn comparisons with maverick Kevin Pietersen, and the way he plays his bold range of shots that includes reverse-slaps and scoops, he is a born T20 superstar, all set to turn into a millionaire, cometh the IPL auction.
South African all-rounder, Chris Morris was released by Delhi Capitals, which surprised many given what he brings to the plate. A power hitter and someone, who is more than handy with the ball in hand, his type of players are high on demand in every team’s list. Morris has an average of 27.21 and a strike-rate of 157.62 in IPL after playing 61 games, which is very decent. Add to that, he has taken 69 wickets with an economy of 7.98. Morris failed to impress in last season with the bat and perhaps, that is why he has been released. But that doesn’t change the fact that he is a very good all-round option, who will be on priority list of quite a few times.
Pat Cummins is one of the leading fast bowlers in world cricket across formats. Having taken nine wickets in seven T20Is, with an economy of 6.61, Cummins has been the highest wicket-taker for Australia in T20I, this year. With T20 World Cup coming up in 2020, Cummins is likely to participate in 2020 IPL to fine-tune his skills in world’s best T20 league. Cummins is a complete fast bowling package and has a big reputation in international cricket. The right-arm paceman can spearhead any bowling attack. Moreover, he can also hit big shots, and is a gun fielder, which increases his value manifolds.
The English limited-overs skipper, Eoin Morgan has been in brilliant form of late. His stocks both as captain and middle-order batsman has been on a rise. He led England to their maiden World Cup win, earlier this year. After featuring in nine T20 internationals in 2019, the southpaw is averaging 44.67 and has scintillating strike-rate of 172.90, which is his best in any calendar year. Morgan played a big hand in England’s recent T20I series triumph over New Zealand as well. He has the right experience, temperament and game to succeed for any team, when it comes to middle-order batting.