In fact, it took time for them to accept the IPL and allow players to take part in the Indian T20 league. Barring Kevin Pietersen, there weren’t many players from England in the initial years of the IPL. But the tide turned in recent years and hence, the likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow and Sam Curran are some of the stars that have become a critical part of teams now.
However, Joe Root has missed the bus. The England Test skipper has been one of the most consistent players for his country across formats but hasn’t played a single IPL so far. In 2018, Root put his name in the IPL auctions in a bid to play more T20 cricket. But he went unsold. A gruelling 2019 home season which included the World Cup and the Ashes meant that the ECB disallowed Root from taking part in the 2019 edition of the IPL.
Thus, Root hasn’t made his IPL debut yet. 2020 could well be the season where he finally puts his name in the IPL. Hence, here are three teams that should bid for him in the upcoming auctions for the 2020 season.
Three teams that can bid for Joe Root in the IPL 2020 auction:
Kings XI Punjab
Over the last couple of years, there’s been a template that’s followed Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). They start well and look good but get lost in the middle. They tend to lose steam and end up messing it up in the end and fail to reach the top four. One of the reasons has been their inability with the bat.
KL Rahul and Chris Gayle have been fantastic at the top of the order. They’ve been the chief run-getters for KXIP over the last couple of years. Mayank Agarwal did well last season. However, apart from that, no one has stepped up with the bat. The likes of David Miller, Mandeep Singh and Karun Nair have flattered to deceive.
Thus, Joe Root could be a perfect player for them to add in the middle. He could bat at 3 or 4 and lend solidity in the middle. KXIP need someone apart from Rahul and Gayle to fire and Root could be that man.
Chennai Super Kings
This could be a surprising team in this list. One could argue the fact that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have a settled team already and what’s the point of chopping and changing. No team has been as successful as CSK in the history of the IPL. They’ve made it to the playoffs in every season.
Since their return after a two-year hiatus in 2018, they’ve made it to two finals and won one. However, in 2019, the batting did blow hot and cold. MS Dhoni and Faf du Plessis had a good tournament in 2019 but apart from them, all the other star batsmen averaged under 25.
Hence, with Shane Watson being injury-prone and the likes of Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu inconsistent, the addition of Joe Root could give the CSK batting a bit of a boost. Moreover, he plays spin well and with half of CSK’s games in Chepauk, the England Test captain could be a great addition to the squad.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has always been a star-studded side. However, they’ve never won the IPL. One of the major reasons has been the inability of the support cast to contribute. Over the last few years, it’s all been Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers with the bat.
The star duo have invariably performed but they can’t do it alone and neither can they do it all the time. Hence, they need some sort of support in the batting line-up which Joe Root can provide.
Root’s inclusion could allow Kohli to move up and open the batting and dictate terms from there. Meanwhile, Root could come in at 3 and be the bridge between the RCB skipper and de Villiers. Hence, it could just add a lot more solidity to the batting.
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