IPL 2020: 5 overseas players to watch out for

IPL 2020: 5 overseas players to watch out for

With T20 World Cup coming up in 2020, there is no better competition than IPL for a player to test and improve his skills in the shortest format.

Ben Stokes of Rajasthan Royals
Ben Stokes of Rajasthan Royals. (Photo by Twitter)

The Indian Premier League is one of the biggest stages for a player to prove his mettle in the shortest format. The quality of cricket played in the IPL is very high because of the availability of the star players, be it Indian or overseas. During the IPL, not many international games are played, and overseas players are available to feature in the league.

Since teams can accommodate a maximum of eight overseas players in their squad and four in the playing XI, teams focus on match-winners. The specific kind of overseas players who attract huge bids are pacers, power-hitters and pace bowling all-rounders.

The reason is the lack of such options in the Indian market in enough numbers. As many as 29 overseas players were sold in the auction, including 13 players from Australia – the highest for a nation after India.

With T20 World Cup coming up in 2020, there is no better competition for a player to test and improve his skills in the shortest format. Some of the overseas players are sold at a very high price in the IPL auction. And hence, the hefty price tag puts extra pressure to perform and justify his worth.

Here are the five overseas players to watch out for in the next edition of the IPL:

1. Pat Cummins (KKR)

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)

Pat Cummins was the most expensive player in the recently held auction at Kolkata for IPL 2020. And, the most expensive overseas player in the history of the Indian Premier League. Well, the price 15.50 crores INR is a bit too much for Cummins; but the reason is high demand and low supply. High demand for quality pacers able to do well in the death overs and low availability of such speedsters.

With a base price of two crores, Cummins was surprisingly in the all-rounder section in the auction. RCB and DC had a good battle only to see Cummins cheering ‘Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo’ at the end. The Aussie quick did not feature in the last edition of the cash-rich league, however, he had represented KKR and Delhi Daredevils (Delhi Capitals now) earlier. In his short IPL career of 16 matches, Cummins picked up 17 wickets with not very imposing figures.

With a hint of swing in early of the inning and good bounce, the deck at Eden Gardens – home ground of KKR supports the fast bowler. However, good batting pitch and short boundaries would be a big challenge for the 26-year-old. The right-arm pacer is not so effective in the shortest format as he is in the longest format. The Aussie star is expected to provide early wickets to his team in the powerplay. He might not nail the yorkers consistently but may succeed by hitting hard lengths given his pace.