3 Players from MSL 2019 who can earn big bids in IPL 2020
The franchises might have an eye on the performances of these players.
Updated - Nov 8, 2019 11:44 am
It’s the start of another T20 league and it’s the Mzansi Super League (MSL) which is back with its second season. It is a tournament that is looking to have a big impact on South African cricket. Hence, it is a perfect opportunity for the players to step up and show what they’ve got.
Moreover, the five-week tournament is happening on the verge of the IPL auctions. The 2020 season which will start in April will have the player auction on the 19th of December. Thus, it is an extra incentive for the players as well. Everybody wants to take part in the IPL which is deemed as one of the best T20 leagues in the world.
With six teams eyeing that elusive trophy, the players will also be looking to make a mark not only in South African cricket but also for the IPL auction which is not too far away.
Here are three players from the 2019 season of the MSL who could earn big bids in the 2020 season of the IPL:
1. JJ Smuts (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants)
Jon-Jon Smuts is a very experienced cricketer and has been playing domestic cricket since 2007. He’s featured in more than 100 games across all formats but has played just eight international games, with all of them coming in T20I cricket. Smuts is one player who can have an impact with both bat and ball.
The left-arm spinner can also take the new ball and be effective. He can also be destructive with the bat in the top order. He showed that in the final of the CSA T20 Challenge earlier this year when he struck a fine 121 which went in vain.
Smuts had a very good MSL season last year. The Warriors all-rounder scored 219 runs and picked up seven wickets as well. Thus, the 31-year-old will once again be the key for this side, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. But he may well get some big bids in the IPL as well.