Now as the teams are prepping for the next year’s T20 championship it is inevitable that the fans will get to watch a lot of fast-paced action. One important stop in this tourney is IPL 2020 as it the ultimate destination to hone a cricketer’s T20 skills. This time even the overseas players will be staying for the entire season. In this 13th edition more and more players will be looking to make use of this platform to get into the T20 World Cup bus.
Once again it will be a golden opportunity for new talents to showcase their skills. Along with them, it will be the right time for some of the individuals to rediscover themselves after their poor outings in the last season. They will be keen to set their record straight and prove their mettle against the best in the business. They have the potential to succeed at this level and with a little bit of support from their franchise they can own the upcoming season of IPL.
Here is the list of 5 worst signings in IPL 2019 who can be match-winners in IPL 2020
1) Shivam Dube – Royal Challengers Bangalore
When it comes to Bangalore franchise, even the crystal ball predictions can go wrong and that’s what happened in the 12th season of IPL. With a good core and some fresh faces, they were termed as tournament favorites. As usual, the team couldn’t find a winning combination other than Virat Kohli – AB de Villiers until the last game of the season.
Especially some of their new signings didn’t play to their potential and Shivam Dube is one of them. Bagging 5 crores in the auction the all-rounder from Maharashtra was ready to set the stage on fire with his power game. Unfortunately, he couldn’t repeat his domestic form and left the team high and dry with poor shot selection in a couple of games.
Dube might have felt the nerves of staying true to his price tag and only four chances didn’t help his cause either. So the Kohli-led side should give him a long rope in the upcoming season as he can terrorize the opposition with his range hitting. Recently he was in red hot form against the South Africa A side and played match-winning cameos down the order. The youngster can turn into a beast inside the small Chinnaswamy stadium and his pace bowling will be a bonus.
2) Carlos Brathwaite – Kolkata Knight Riders
There were plenty of problems that slowed down the Kolkata tram in the 2019 IPL. The two-time champions had an illustrious squad but things didn’t pan out according to their plans. Most importantly it was a one-man show which saved the grace of a disappointing campaign. The Purple team failed to play as a team in the entire sojourn.
What’s more disturbing was the below-par performances of senior members of the side including Carlos Brathwaite. The Caribbean star might be new to the KKR set-up but he is not a greenhorn when it comes to T20 leagues and that’s why he was snapped for a whopping amount of 5 crores. Surprisingly he only played two ties but in that also he looked a pale shadow of himself.
The former Windies skipper has always been used as a fill-in material in IPL and this time he was serving the same role for the Kolkata side. It seems Brathwaite has lost confidence in such situations so the KKR team should present him with more opportunities. He can efficiently accompany Andre Russell in the end-overs and if he gets going it will be tough for any bowling attack. He can also chip in with crucial breakthroughs with his nippy pace.
3) Jaydev Unadkat – Rajasthan Royals
When a boatload of people start their journey without any planned destination in their mind then they are likely to reach a dead-end. The journey has a striking similarity with the Rajasthan team’s exploits in IPL 2019. Throughout the season they were unable to figure out their best XI from the available squad and also lacked proper planning in close encounters.
Mainly it was their pace battery which let down the team in crunch situations as their supposed bowling leader, Jaydev Unadkat was having nightmares on the field. The speedster managed only 10 wickets in 11 games. Further, his economy rate of 10.66 was more worrying. In the end, it seemed to be a major tactical error from the Royals camp to retain him for a mind-boggling figure of 8.40 crores.
The Indian domestic veteran has not enjoyed his stint with Pink team and unfortunately, it is his booming IPL salary which has not allowed him to play with freedom. Jaydev is a tough cookie and he will be eager to prove his critics wrong in IPL 2020. The franchise should give him another go as he has the experience to lead the bowling unit. Though they have Jofra Archer and Oshane Thomas in their ranks Unadkat has the variations to complement their zip.
4) Heinrich Klaasen – Royal Challengers Bangalore
It’s an irony that the Bangalore team is the most popular franchise in IPL but they are yet to win a title in this competition. Every time they start their campaign with the notion that this time they have the artillery to win the battle. As it turns out they always head back to the drawing board after a poor season and it was no different in the 12th edition.
The Virat Kohli-led side is never short of exciting talents but most of them have failed to enhance the credibility of the Bold Army. Even in the last edition, a gifted player like Heinrich Klaasen became a liability for the Bangalore side. The keeper-batsman was a steal for 50 lakhs but he didn’t look comfortable in his stay. Also, the team used him for only 3 times and he could only muster 6 runs.
If RCB is going to follow the same template before the next IPL then Klaasen might find himself in the auction pool. That’s where they should be playing their cards smartly and retain the South African for the IPL 2020. Klaasen can be a reckoning force with his power game and he recently showcased his finishing skills against India A. He can be a reliable keeping option for the team as Parthiv Patel is running the last laps of his cricketing career.
5) Varun Chakravarthy – Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab is the least successful team in the IPL history and they will not be proud to carry that tag. In the 2019 IPL, they had a settled unit to challenge the top-ranked sides but their bizarre decision-making skills cost them dearly. Even their auction strategy was quite unorthodox as they bid for multiple players fulfilling the same role in the side.
The prime example was the inclusion of Varun Chakravarthy when their spin cupboard was already full of options. They snapped him because of the mystery surrounding him but at the price of 8.40 crores, it was a gamble of the highest order. In the end, he bowled a total of 3 overs including the most expensive over by an IPL debutant. After that, he became an afterthought for the franchise and warmed the benches for the rest of the season with an injury.
It is highly impossible that the Punjab management is going to retain him for such a hefty sum. It might sound vague but they should take another chance with the Tamil Nadu tweaker as he can be the joker of the pack. With Ravi Ashwin set to join Delhi Capitals for the next edition of IPL, the North Indian team needs a domestic off-spinner in their side. Chakravarthy may not have international experience but he has the variations to outfox quality batsmen as admitted by his former skipper, Ashwin.
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