5 players KXIP can target to fill their overseas slots in IPL 2021 auction

5 players KXIP can target to fill their overseas slots in IPL 2021 auction

Double super overs, consecutive wins, and many more exciting moments enabled Punjab to become the most entertaining team of the last season.

Aaron Finch IPL
Aaron Finch. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was full of excitement and thrill. It was one of the most highly competitive tournaments in the history of the league and we saw some shocking events throughout the season. However, at the end of the tournament, the Mumbai Indians emerged as the winner and the Delhi Capitals managed to reach the final for the very first time. 

Well, there were some unexpected returns in the tournament too! The Chennai Super Kings lost most of their matches but they won three matches on the trot to gain some momentum going into the 2021 auction. The Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to sneak into the playoffs but were kicked out by a David Warner inspired Sunrisers Hyderabad. Speaking of Rajasthan Royals, they only managed to find the last spot in the points table. 

Last season was full of surprises and excitement. But, one team managed to become the kernel of excitement for the fans. The team was Kings XI Punjab. Double super overs, consecutive wins, and many more exciting moments enabled Punjab to become the most entertaining team of the season. Well, they have released a few overseas slots.

In this article, let us have a look at the 5 players KXIP can target to fill their overseas slots in IPL 2021 Auction:

1. Chris Morris

Chris Morris of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chris Morris of Royal Challengers Bangalore. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Well, most of the IPL fans might be unaware of the name of Hardus Viljoen. He is a skiddy hit-the-deck pacer and his consistent performances in the domestic tournaments enabled him to make it to the national squad. Adding on, he made it to the auction of the lucrative IPL and was bagged by the Kings XI Punjab. A relatively unknown face figure for Viljoen meant that he was bought for his base price of INR 75 lakhs. 

During the 2019 season, he had an economy rate of 9.5 and people were unsure about his position in the Punjab squad. But, the management decided to retain him for the thirteenth season of the IPL. In his IPL career, he has taken only seven wickets and was of very little use for KL Rahul and Co. Therefore, this year, the management has decided to let him go. 

This means there is a vacancy for an overseas player in the Punjab squad. Currently, with a plethora of options available, Chris Morris looks like the perfect option for the Kings XI Punjab. His all-round abilities can be fully used by a team that lacks genuine overseas all-rounders. Morris has a strike rate of 157.87 and an economy rate of 7.81. Therefore both with the bat and the ball, he has excellent figures. Hence, Morris is the perfect replacement for Viljoen.