IPL 2020: 5 Overseas sold players who might not get into playing XI

IPL 2020: 5 Overseas sold players who might not get into playing XI

Pat Cummins bagged the biggest contract of the day, going to the Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 15.5 Crore.

Jason Roy of England IPL 2020
Jason Roy of England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Just the way it has done on so many occasions, the IPL auction threw us a lot of surprises. Some of the big-money signings like that of Pat Cummins or Glenn Maxwell were expected, but franchises spending big money on Piyush Chawla, Kane Richardson or Sheldon Cottrell wasn’t a part of the masses’ expectations.

Some very prolific youngsters like Rohan Kadam and Sumit Kumar went unsold in the auction, much to the surprise of the domestic cricket followers. Yet, the U19 Indian stars Yashashvi Jaiswal and Priyam Garg received good paychecks and one of the stories of the day was Pravin Tambe getting picked yet again, at the age of 48.

Some of the franchises went on to buy a good number of foreign players, some of which came in as a huge surprise as well.

Here are five of those sold overseas players who will find it very difficult to make it into the playing XI this season:

1. Mitchell Marsh (SRH)

Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The Sunrisers had to let go of Shakib Al Hasan after a ban was imposed on him by the ICC. This meant they had to look for an all-rounder in the auction and they roped in two foreign all-rounders – Mitchell Marsh and Fabian Allen. They already have Mohammad Nabi in the side, whose position in the XI is not guaranteed and it seems like Sunrisers have a fixed foreign core.

Kane Williamson will continue to lead the troops with David Warner and Jonny Bairstow opening. Rashid Khan is a no-brainer in the side, which means the other four foreign players will find it tough to get into the XI. Of those remaining four overseas cricketers, Mitchell Marsh’s chances of making it to the XI are the slimmest.

Billy Stanlake could enter if Rashid Khan needs to sit out and if Jonny Bairstow is not performing well, they will add an Indian batsman and prefer Mohammad Nabi over Allen and Marsh. He clearly is a back-up to a back-up, which means the chances of us witnessing him on the field of play are not very high.