With the 2021 World T20 happening in India, the 14th edition of the IPL then becomes the fitting place to extensively prepare for the mega event in October. The elites of the game will be wholeheartedly composing themselves to continue with their brimming match-winning skills.
On the other hand, some stalwarts from different countries who continue to struggle to make it into their national team’s T20I squad would be eyeing a bumper IPL season to seal the deal for the ICC event later this year.
A bumper IPL will then propel the addition of these players into the exuberant squads of their national teams eventually making the squads well furnished and equipped for the international T20 carnival. All in all, one can say that the 2021 IPL might witness some of the best cricket adventures happening in recent times.
Here’s our list of 5 players for whom the IPL 2021 is crucial for the 2021 T20 World Cup:
1. Shikhar Dhawan
With the Indian team now embracing the exuberant youth of KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan along with skipper Virat Kohli pairing with Rohit Sharma, the chances of Shikhar Dhawan donning the 2021 World T20 jersey have become bleak. Although Dhawan has been in a sublime form at present, because of the overcrowding, the left-hander might miss the bus in October.
However, because of the pandemic and the prolonged nature of the squads, Dhawan might make it in the top 20, but would mainly be seen warming the benches. To make himself afloat again as a frontline opener, Dhawan surely needs a minimum of 650 runs in the IPL season wherein he exhibits a high average with a towering strike rate. A normal 400 or 500-run IPL although sounds attractive, but to soar into the playing XI of the Indian team, a solid triumphing IPL is an instant need for the left-hander.
Also, regardless of Dhawan being a consistent run-scorer for DC at the top, it will actually be his attacking batting along with some game-defining knocks which will push the selectors and the team management to infuse him in the frontline squad. All in all, with the Indian team all ready to embrace their new batting template, the IPL 2021 can be an ideal place for Shikhar Dhawan to mould his game and become part of the new desired batting template for the 2021 T20 World Cup.
2. Kyle Jamieson
Although Kyle Jamieson, since his international debut, has been having an ascending ride for New Zealand especially in other formats, in the T20Is, the tall pacer did face his first massive roadblock in the recently concluded home series against Australia. Overall, Jamieson, in his four games, could only scalp one wicket and was seeing leaking runs at an alarming economy of 11.66.
While there’s been rare rust in Jamieson’s short international career, it is expected that he might continue to face dingy days even in the IPL. Because the IPL conditions being alien to him, Jamieson might find it difficult to adjust his overall bowling. However, his proposition of being a tall pacer who extracts steep bounce might be a wicket-taking option in the power plays.
But in terms of death overs bowling, the pacer might face the heat, to some extent if not a whole lot. Also, a whopping price tag of INR 15 crores might make him slip from his radar.
But with his international career exhibiting his attitude of learning things quickly, Jamieson after his few initial games, might head towards having a fruitful IPL. All in all, a prosperous debut IPL season for Jameison might be the need of the hour to achieve bigger breakthroughs for New Zealand.
3. Shimron Hetmyer
With West Indies already carrying enough flamboyance and firepower in their powerhouse batting lineup which will also get more elevated with the presence of Andre Russell for the ICC event, there are high chances that a player like Shimron Hetmyer might get swayed. Hetmyer, in his last year, has twice failed the fitness test of the West Indies board and hasn’t played enough international cricket.
Apart from failing the fitness test for the home series against Sri Lanka, Hetmyer also was seen absent from the tour of Bangladesh. Also, in the short three-match T20I series against the Kiwis, Hetmyer could only make a score of 25 from his two outings. However, off late Hetmyer had scored a brilliant hundred in the Regional Super50 competition for Guyana Jaguars and will be entering the IPL with some form and confidence.
Even in the IPL because of the absence of Shreyas Iyer, Hetmyer will be anticipated to bat up in the DC’s batting order or at least might be seen as the initial starter between him and Steve Smith. All in all, the IPL conditions aren’t something alien for this swashbuckling batsman. Also, still, there’s a little turmoil in the WI’s middle-order batting which eventually means a bumper IPL will help Hetmyer to nearly secure a spot for the mega event in October.
4. Kane Richardson
For a while now Kane Richardson has been a part of Australia’s white-ball setup and had extensively played the five-match T20I series in New Zealand. In terms of his performance, Richardson had a good outing especially considering his figures of scalping seven wickets at an economy of 8.76.
But with the arrival of the two pace spearheads (Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc) along with Josh Hazlewood who in Indian conditions might bank a lead, someone like Richardson will find it difficult to start in the playing XI. Further, Kane might also face some stiff competition from the upcoming rookies like Daniel Sams and Jhye Richardson. Hence, a blockbuster IPL season with RCB might pave a bigger way for Richardson.
For RCB, Richardson can be an excellent overseas starter, as the pacer has a fair share of variations to grab some success. Also, a healthy start in his initial games for RCB where he’s controlling the death overs along with picking some wickets at the top, Richardson might eventually then become the leader of the RCB’s bowling. All in all, the IPL 2021 is a massive event for Richardson to eventually grab the third seamer’s spot in Australia’s T20I squad.
5. Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali has always been a useful candidate for England especially under the leadership of Eoin Morgan, but of late was seen missing in the T20I series against India. His position of being at number seven was eventually grabbed by Sam Curran in the entire series essentially making clear that the latter will be the one starting ahead in the T20 World Cup.
However, with Moeen Ali now playing for CSK wherein either he will bat in the middle-order or will be occupying the number seven spot, the all-rounder has an excellent opportunity to take on various roles at CSK and emerge as a match-winning prospect. It is fully certain that under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, an all-rounder like Moeen will be extensively used especially on the spinning tracks, and maybe could even open the batting.
All in all, with CSK known to use its all-rounders very broadly, a vigorous IPL season for Moeen can make his entry back into the England team. More importantly, if Moeen’s bowling turns out to handy then the all-rounder can become a tempting commodity to start for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
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