IPL 2020: 5 Players franchises might regret buying in the auction
Since the conclusion of the IPL 2020 Auction, many cricket experts, pundits and fans have questioned the players that the teams bought.
Updated - Feb 17, 2020 1:58 pm
The IPL 2020 auction was full of unpredictability and surprises. A total of 338 players were up for grabs but only 62 players were bought by various franchises. Keeping in mind that this auction was the last auction before the mega auctions that take place next year, the teams went on to splurge big money on many short term targets.
The auctions also saw Pat Cummins become the highest priced overseas player in the history of the Indian Premier League. He got bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping 15.5 crores, a testament to his outstanding returns for Australia in the past 12-15 months across formats of the game.
IPL auctions are very unpredictable and the dynamics can change from time to time. However, all the teams seemed satisfied when they came out of the auction room. Some of the teams went for International experience (RCB), while others went for young players with huge potential (SRH).
Since the conclusion of the IPL 2020 Auction, many cricket experts and fans have questioned the players that the teams bought. Some have questioned the high price paid for a player while others have questioned the need to buy the particular player. Whether the players bought could prove to be bad buys or value for money, we will come to know only when IPL 2020 starts.
Here are 5 players in particular who franchises might regret buying in the IPL 2020 Auction:
1. Nathan Coulter-Nile (Mumbai Indians)
Nathan Coulter-Nile last played in the IPL for KKR in 2017. Since then the Australian fast bowler has struggled with injuries and has not taken part in the last two editions. Coulter-Nile was picked by Mumbai Indians for a hefty price of 8.5 crores INR this time around. Mumbai has a very stable and set playing 11, and with the arrival of Chris Lynn at the top of the order, the quickie from Down Under may find it difficult to find a place in the playing 11.
The tall Aussie fast bowler was recently out of action for over 2 months with a back injury. His pace has also dropped due to his regular injuries and that might prove to be a cause of concern for the Mumbai Indians. Thus, the price of 8.5cr seems over the top for a player who has struggled with injuries and is not guaranteed to play regularly. As it stands, Mumbai might regret splashing such a huge amount for Coulter-Nile.
He is considered as a backup option for the likes of Lasith Malinga, but the question to be asked is will Mumbai Indians field Coulter-Nile in the playing XI and Does their abundant foreign talent prevent the Aussie all-rounder to make his presence felt.