Team-wise one batsman who can be traded ahead of IPL 2021 auction
The IPL 2021 mega auctions are likely to get on table on February 11.
Updated - Jan 7, 2021 5:02 pm
With the auction to the IPL 2021 soon approaching, every franchise will have their wishlists well-sorted to make the most out of what’s available. Since it’s not going to be a mega auction this time around- as the BCCI recently confirmed- most teams won’t be looking for a complete overhaul as such.
Having said that, the preceding IPL 2020 season did highlight a fair number of anomalies and areas of concern in each of teams. Likewise, every team would be eager to address them before the auction so as to go ahead with the best skeleton of a team into the bidding table.
Thankfully, the pre-auctions trade-window offers just that exact opportunity for teams to let of go the players they no longer feel the need to retain. In the process, the other franchises are able to strengthen their line-ups by acquiring these quality players at a reduced cost. So with that in mind, here’s a look at a batsman, each of the teams might consider trading ahead of the IPL 2021 auctions. Additionally, we’ll also be discussing the batsmen/ type of batsman they’ll look to acquire in exchange of the traded player.
Batsmen that can be traded ahead of IPL 2021
Mumbai Indians: Chris Lynn
It’s not often that you come across a franchise with a star-studded batting lineup like the Mumbai Indians. A hard-hitting opening combo, consistent run-getters in the middle-order, flamboyant finishers- frankly, it’s quite a complete batting package.
In fact, last year’s IPL saw several prolific international names sit out because of how well MI’s first-choice XI fared. Australia batsman Chris Lynn happened to be one such player. The mercurial 30-year-old right-hand opener made a switch-over from the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2020, but couldn’t play any role for his new franchise.
He was benched throughout the entire IPL 13, as MI opted for an overseas fast-bowling twin combination. On the batting front, too, Quinton de Kock and Kieron Pollard’s stellar run in the team never allowed Lynn to break into the Mumbai playing XI.
Considering the abundance of batting options, MI possesses besides Lynn- both overseas and domestic, who can also double-up as openers- it doesn’t seem very likely that Mumbai will think about retaining Lynn’s services for the next season. Instead, they’ll be eager on acquiring quality overseas spin-bowling all-rounders, like Fabian Allen (SRH), or Moeen Ali (RCB) to bolster the slow-bowling department that they’re lacking in.