An Indian Premier League contract is always a forward step in a player’s career, no matter which country he belongs to. Foreign players do make the tournament more competitive, especially when the players are world-class. The availability of the players is an important factor in the success of the IPL as well.
Just a few days ago, a world-class batsman, Marnus Labuschagne, confirmed his availability for the Indian T20 league. With that, a few teams are likely to go on a bidding war for the Australian batsman. Stability in the middle order is what a few teams need at the moment, and Labuschagne will tick the box for certain teams.
Labuschagne missed most of the Big Bash League season due to national duties. However, his inclusion helped Brisbane Heat reach the Challenger phase of the league where they, unfortunately, got knocked out by Perth Scorchers. Although one cannot deny how Labuschagne’s inclusion proved to be vital for Brisbane Heat.
In this article, we will talk about three teams that can pick Marnus Labuschagne in IPL 2021
1. Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings are one of the most dominant teams of the Indian Premier League. In the 2020 season of IPL, the yellow army had a little setback as they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in IPL history. The reason was their slow batting in the middle overs because of which they never got enough runs on the board.
With Ruturaj Gaikwad opening the innings for Chennai, and Suresh Raina coming in after the fall of one wicket, Marnus Labuschagne could be a perfect fit for the team. Labuschagne has the ability to play quickly after a good start and he can also keep his wicket intact. Such quality in a player, especially in the middle order, is something every team wants.
Marnus’ inclusion will bring competition for Faf Du Plessis or Faf could be sent to open the innings. Sam Curran, who was the only positive for CSK in the 2020 IPL, will be a sure-shot starter. Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Santner and Faf Du Plessis will fight for the remaining 3 spots, depending on the team combination.
2. Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab could be another destination for the Aussie batsman. Over the years, Punjab have hardly looked threatening enough with the bat, despite having Glenn Maxwell, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle in the team. Part of the reason is their weak middle order which the other teams always exploited.
The likes of David Miller and Glenn Maxwell were supposed to be the ace players for the Kings, however, they were mostly inconsistent. Without consistency, it is always difficult to win matches and that’s where the Kings XI struggle. KXIP would look to strengthen their middle order and thus, Marnus Labuschagne could be a valuable asset for them.
The story of Punjab’s middle-order has been the same; they either collapse or they fail to score quick runs, despite the start. Marnus Labuschagne’s inclusion could keep the scoreboard ticking and save a collapse at the same time. Thus, a player of his stature would definitely be a target for Punjab.
3. Rajasthan Royals
After releasing their captain, Steve Smith, Rajasthan could go for his Australian counterpart, Marnus Labuschagne. Rajasthan Royals last lifted the IPL trophy in 2008. Since then, they have rarely been dominant in the tournament.
Rajasthan Royals always had match-winners in their team, however, they have always failed to perform as a unit. The Royals have 3 English match-winners in Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler. The only missing key for them is a middle-order batsman capable of anchoring their innings in the middle-overs and getting timely boundaries.
Steve Smith is undoubtedly a perfect person for that, but he comes with a heavy fee. Retaining Steve Smith would cost Rajasthan Royals 12.5 crores which is an enormous amount. Rajasthan would naturally look to target Steve Smith for a cheaper price, but if they fail to bag him within their budget, they would target the next best, Marnus Labuschagne.
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