Predicting opening combination of all teams in IPL 2020
Few teams will have to take a tough call in terms of deciding their openers ahead of the next season.
Updated - Jan 6, 2020 10:44 am
It’s been more than a fortnight since the IPL auction ended. As many as 62 players were bought in the auction which included 29 overseas stars as well. While bowlers were in hot demand but opening batsmen weren’t too far behind.
There were quite a few openers picked in the auction this time. All teams have decent openers in their ranks and there might be multiple combinations they can have. However, there will be one set opening combination that they will start with and back them for the first few games.
Here we predict the opening combination of all teams in the IPL 2020:
RCB – Parthiv Patel, Aaron Finch
In the auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made some very promising buys. They bought three batsmen, including a couple of Australians and both of them are openers. Josh Phillipe and Aaron Finch were those purchases. Meanwhile, they also have the likes of Devdutt Padikkal and Parthiv Patel in their ranks and Virat Kohli has also opened the batting in the past.
However, for now, it looks like Finch and Patel might walk out to open the batting. Patel is the only recognised Indian wicket-keeper and hence, he is likely to start in the XI. Moreover, he was very good in the 2019 IPL. The Gujarat left-hander was the third-highest run-getter for RCB as he made 373 runs at a strike-rate of 139.17.
On the other hand, Finch is a gun T20 player. He is an experienced player and has a career T20 strike-rate of 143.68. In fact, Finch can take some pressure off Kohli and AB de Villiers and be that change in the RCB camp.