The Indian Premier League (IPL) seems all set to see two new teams from the upcoming edition in 2020. The IPL which is now a critical part of the cricketing calendar currently has eight teams but there were a few seasons where more than eight teams participated.
In 2011, the tournament saw 10 teams compete with Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK) and Pune Warriors India (PWI) being the new teams. While the former lasted only one season, the Pune-based franchise played three seasons (2011, 2012 and 2013). Moreover, when Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) were banned, two new teams – Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Gujarat Lions (GL) were introduced for two years.
Thus, we may once again witness two new teams as the IPL Governing Council plans to extend the number of teams to 10. Thus, assuming that there are two new teams for the 2020 edition of the IPL, here we look at five players who could possibly lead these two new teams.
1. Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan. (Photo Source: Twitter)
England’s limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan has been one of the most successful captains in world cricket over the last few years. He has been vital to England’s transformation in white-ball cricket. England have enjoyed a great run under the Irish-born batsman.
They went on to lift the World Cup title for the first time ever in the history of the game under Morgan’s captaincy. Morgan has a win-percentage of 65.71% in ODI cricket and 56.57% in T20Is. The left-handed middle-order batsman last played in the IPL in 2017 for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and was also a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s IPL winning team in 2016.
Thus, we could well see Morgan back in the IPL and he will be one of the biggest contenders to become captain of one of the two new IPL sides. He has the experience and has done extremely well for England as skipper.
2. Karun Nair
Karun Nair. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Karun Nair was a part of the Indian Test team a couple of years ago. However, some inconsistent performances saw him face the axe. However, until last year, he was a regular member of an IPL side. Be it Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) or Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), he was a sure starter.
However, in IPL 2019, KXIP decided to overlook him and he played just one game in the entire tournament. Thus, he may well part ways with the Punjab franchise. Moreover, there is a possibility of him being picked by one of the new teams and can be a captaincy candidate.
He has decent experience as a captain. He has led Karnataka and India ‘A’ at different stages of his career and had decent success as well. Hence, he could well be another player who could captain one of the two new franchises.
3. Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)
It’s been over four years since Robin Uthappa last donned the India jersey. However, he has been playing domestic cricket and the IPL year after year. However, earlier this year, he struggled big time and eventually, faced the axe and was dropped from the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) playing XI.
Thus, he may well find himself in a new team next season. With two new franchises coming into the fray, they may eye Uthappa as a potential skipper. The Karnataka lad doesn’t have a lot of captaincy experience. However, he has been around for more than a decade and a half and is a very experienced campaigner. He was also KKR’s vice-captain for the last couple of seasons.
4. Parthiv Patel
Parthiv Patel. (Photo: IANS)
This may be a surprising name in this list. However, Parthiv Patel has constantly found himself in a different IPL team every now and then. He has played for as many as six IPL franchises so far and may well have a seventh one next year.
Patel did well for Royal Challengers Bangalore last season but given his record of shuffling sides, he may well find himself out of the side if they decide to revamp. Hence, he could be a very good captaincy option. He has led Gujarat to all three major titles in domestic cricket in India. Moreover, he is a pretty underrated batsman at the top of the order. Thus, he could be a very good choice.
5. Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan is another interesting name on this list. He played just three games in the 12th edition but has been in and out of the IPL over the last few years. Hence, with multiple overseas options available for Sunrisers Hyderabad, we may see Shakib play for a new team next year.
Moreover, he has the ability to contribute with both bat and ball and make a big impact. In fact, he can make it to any side as a pure bowler or a pure batsman. Also, Bangladesh’s premier all-rounder has been in and out of the captain’s role for the national side. Thus, he has quite a bit of captaincy experience and can do the job for a new T20 franchise as well.
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