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IPL 2020: 5 openers who can start bidding wars

Though all the teams have retained most of their pivotal players, still the auction list carries some heavy names who could start a bidding war.

Chris Lynn
Chris Lynn. (Photo: IANS)

IPL Auctions would be upon us in a couple of days’ time. The world of cricket would be keenly looking at which players go to which franchise for how much price. IPL Auctions have thrown up some huge surprises where big names have gone unsold and some unknown rookies have made it big with multiple teams getting into a war of sorts to acquire certain players.

Come December 19th, 2019 it’s all about finding the perfect team combination for each franchise. Apart from Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) who seem to already have most bases covered, other teams would be eying the players’ auction to find players who can complete their team and make them stronger.

The auction is where all the brainstorming starts for a team. IPL Auction has been the talk of the town every season. From owners to players and especially the fans- everyone is excited to see which team gets which player and at what cost. While it’s fun for the fans, owners really have a hard time deciding what would be the best combination for their team and which players will fit perfectly in that combination.

Though all the teams have retained most of their pivotal players, still the auction list carries some heavy names who could start a bidding war amongst the owners. Here are the 5 openers who can start bidding wars this players auction:

Tom Banton (England)

Tom Banton
Tom Banton. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Tom Banton made his T20 debut for Somerset in July 2017. The right-handed opening batsman has played 17 T20 matches for his county where he has amassed 591 runs at an impressive average of 39.40. The wicketkeeper-batsman has smashed one century and four half-centuries in his short T20 career at a strike rate of 154.30.

He has also proved his mettle behind the stumps by taking six catches and three stumpings. Franchises will look to rope in the Englishman to strengthen their squads and it is believed that MI and CSK are favourites to procure his services.

It won’t be surprising to see other franchises get on a bidding war to get Tom Banton in their ranks as not only is he an explosive batsman who can teat into attacks from the word go, he is a batsman who can keep the wickets too.

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