IPL 2021: 3 teams that can pick Marnus Labuschagne in the auction
Labuschagne showed his T20 skills, playing for Brisbane Heat in the 2020-21 BBL.
Updated - Feb 7, 2021 1:03 pm
An Indian Premier League contract is always a forward step in a player’s career, no matter which country he belongs to. Foreign players do make the tournament more competitive, especially when the players are world-class. The availability of the players is an important factor in the success of the IPL as well.
Just a few days ago, a world-class batsman, Marnus Labuschagne, confirmed his availability for the Indian T20 league. With that, a few teams are likely to go on a bidding war for the Australian batsman. Stability in the middle order is what a few teams need at the moment, and Labuschagne will tick the box for certain teams.
Labuschagne missed most of the Big Bash League season due to national duties. However, his inclusion helped Brisbane Heat reach the Challenger phase of the league where they, unfortunately, got knocked out by Perth Scorchers. Although one cannot deny how Labuschagne’s inclusion proved to be vital for Brisbane Heat.
In this article, we will talk about three teams that can pick Marnus Labuschagne in IPL 2021
1. Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings are one of the most dominant teams of the Indian Premier League. In the 2020 season of IPL, the yellow army had a little setback as they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in IPL history. The reason was their slow batting in the middle overs because of which they never got enough runs on the board.
With Ruturaj Gaikwad opening the innings for Chennai, and Suresh Raina coming in after the fall of one wicket, Marnus Labuschagne could be a perfect fit for the team. Labuschagne has the ability to play quickly after a good start and he can also keep his wicket intact. Such quality in a player, especially in the middle order, is something every team wants.
Marnus’ inclusion will bring competition for Faf Du Plessis or Faf could be sent to open the innings. Sam Curran, who was the only positive for CSK in the 2020 IPL, will be a sure-shot starter. Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Santner and Faf Du Plessis will fight for the remaining 3 spots, depending on the team combination.