The dates for the IPL 2020 auctions are out. The fans will be eagerly waiting for 19th December, since that’s the official date for the auctions of the toughest cricket league in the world. The fates of many aspiring players will be at stake in this auction. Since the teams can retain as many players as they wish to, we might not see much change in the core.
However, the franchises would have carefully followed the World Cup 2019 and the domestic tournaments, to decide their wishlist. The players who have performed in these leagues will have a chance to get big bids in the auction. Moreover, many players who had gone unsold last time around would be looking for redemption.
Let us take a look at 5 unsold players from the previous season, who might get huge bids next time
One of the heroes of England’s World Cup victory, Woakes has been in the form of his life for quite a time now. This man can take some credit for the Three Lions enjoying one of the best summers in their history. The all-rounder came in handy with both bat and ball according to the needs of the situation.
The 30-year-old scalped 16 wickets in the tournament, besides chipping in with 134 runs at crucial junctures. Who can forget his special first spell against India, where he conceded only 8 runs from his 5 overs, including three maiden overs on a trot. Besides, he scalped 3-fers in both semi-final and the final.
Woakes has all the traits to be successful in Indian conditions. He can swing the ball in the initial phases. Besides, his variations come handy to restrict batsmen at the death. Last but not least, he can add a considerable amount of depth to the batting of any team.
This man grabbed the headlines very recently when his 6-34 helped his side Bengal to outclass Jammu and Kashmir in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. A find of the Under-19 World Cup 2018, Porel can consistently bowl at speeds exceeding 140 kmph. Besides, he has form backing him.
Surprisingly, Porel has been ignored in the auctions for two consecutive seasons now. He was at the peak of his form ahead of the IPL 2018 auctions but still failed to get any bids. He then scalped 10 wickets in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018, only to remain unsold even next time.
The 21-year-old has been a regular pick in the India-A squad. For a pacer with such a talent, failing to find a team is out of reach. However, one would hope that there is a change in his fortunes this time around.
So depressed Neesham was, that he even asked the children never to pick cricket as a profession. It is quite understandable since he had single-handedly pulled off the World Cup final for New Zealand, only to be prevented from picking the trophy due to the overthrow controversy and the rules.
The 29-year-old scored 232 runs in the tournament. Add to this, he also picked 15 wickets, most of them in tense situations where his team desperately needed wickets. Throughout the tournament, he showcased his ability to deal with the pressure situations, pulling his team out of danger more often than not.
Therefore, it is a no-brainer that all the IPL franchises would be looking to get him. He can be a finisher for any team, and also give 3-4 four overs most of the times, thereby adding depth to both the departments.
Allen went unsold in the IPL 2018 auctions. But since then, he has only witnessed a rise in stature, taking rapid strides in every format. He has honed his skills and emerged as one of the rising all-rounders for the West Indies cricket.
The 24-year-old did not have a very good World Cup. However, his 51-run knock against Sri Lanka gave one of the glimpses of his vast talent. He has been a part of the ongoing CPL, where he is playing for St Kitts And Nevis Patriots. He has impressed with the bat every time, with 30-run cameos in the death overs.
Overall, he has a strike rate of 168 in the T20s, making him a dangerous batsman. Any team would be prompted to add such a hard-hitting batsman in the team. Besides, he is a left-arm spinner, which adds variety in the bowling department.
One of the best batsman Bangladesh has ever produced, Rahim’s career has been one of its kind. However, the only thing that he hasn’t been able to achieve is an IPL franchise. The tournament will have its 13th edition this time around, but Mushfiqur Rahim has missed out thus far
Rahim has all the traits of a quality T20I batsman. The 32-year-old can steady the ship when wickets are falling, and go for the kill whenever needed. He has over 1,000 runs in international T20Is, and that too at a strike rate of 120. Not to forget, he is a pretty safe keeper.
Moreover, he has been in excellent form, scoring 367 runs in the World Cup, and following it with 175 runs in 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. It would be interesting to see if he could finally earn an IPL franchise this time around, for he is a safe man to rely upon.
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