IPL 2020: 5 players who can start a bidding war between KKR and MI
The rivalry is set to extend to the auction table, as the two franchises look to strengthen their squad in all departments which might very well result in a bidding war between them.
Published - Dec 17, 2019 12:23 pm | Updated - Feb 17, 2020 1:59 pm
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a platform considered as cricket’s biggest extravaganza, as some of the best in the business battle it out for supremacy through thick and thin. The IPL has further witnessed some of the fiercest rivalries amongst the franchises, with the fans cheering them on for glory. Things become very personal for the fans as they get extremely involved in each aspect of their favorite franchise’s performance.
One such rivalry is shared between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The two sides who have been extremely successful in the tournament over the years, share an intense relationship with their contests awaited with bated breath. This rivalry is set to extend to the auction table, as the two franchises look to strengthen their squad in all departments which might very well result in a bidding war between them.
MI looked fairly solid throughout the IPL 2019, it was the start of Rohit’s Sharma golden run of form that has transcended into all formats of the game. KKR on the other hand under a new skipper Dinesh Karthik had a rollicking start to their campaign only for disagreements between senior players and the absence of some big match-winners to derail their season. Things went from bad to worse as the season came to a close, so as a franchise they would be looking at roping in fresh faces who can help them start out afresh in IPL 2020.
Here’s taking a closer look at 5 players who will get KKR and MI into a bidding war:
1. James Neesham (New Zealand)
The New Zealand all-rounder has grabbed the limelight with his exceptional performances in the 2019 ICC World Cup, finishing as the nation’s highest run-scorer and wicket-taker. Neesham will be a handy addition to the Kolkata Knight Riders, as a backup for Andre Russell who has been extremely injury-prone in recent times.
The 29-year-old enjoys the ability to smash the ball to all parts of the ground while at the same time, pitch in four economical overs whenever necessary making him a good option. Neesham will also be a good addition down the order in the absence of Piyush Chawla.
The Mumbai Indians on the other hand, are in need of a backup option for Kieron Pollard, and Neesham can provide the perfect replacement in all departments. The all-rounder known for his instinctive and funny tweets further enjoys variations up his sleeve and is well-versed in Indian conditions, making him a reliable option for the upcoming auction. Neesham’s batting average of 24.59, strike rate of 138.38 and bowling average of 25.57 make him all the more attractive.