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IPL 2020 Auctions: One Player Every Franchise Should Have Retained

The IPL 2020 auctions are just around the corner with all the teams deciding on the strategy they would keep in place for the event. Franchises have almost identified the players they need to buy in order to complete their squad and fill their loopholes. 

Here’s a look at one player from each franchise who should have been retained by their franchise

Chris Lynn (KKR)

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Lynn was a part of the KKR franchise since 2014 before they decided to part ways with the Australian hard-hitting T20 specialist. Lynn was released just ahead of the T10 League in Abu Dhabi where he scored 373 runs in the tournament to finish as the tournament’s highest run-scorer and find form just ahead of the IPL auctions. He has scored 1280 runs for KKR since he joined with 10 fifties to his name. 

Chris Morris (DC)

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Morris was one of the lynchpins for Delhi Capitals for the time that he was part of the squad. He joined Delhi in 2016 and has played many important knocks for his side. A knock that stands out was an unbeaten 82 vs Gujarat Lions in 2016 in a losing cause. Morris has also picked up 41 wickets for Delhi. With Delhi needing an experienced all-rounder Morris’s continuation with the franchise was the need of the hour for Delhi Capitals.

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Dale Steyn (RCB)

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Steyn is one of the premier pacers in the world and though at the fag end of his career, he still has a lot of gas for one last show before he calls time on his career. Steyn was rebought by the franchise in 2019 for the first time since 2010. He met with an unfortunate injury which ruled him out of the season. He was released ahead of the IPL 2020 auctions which has weakened their bowling attack all the more. 

Yusuf Pathan (SRH)

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With Shakib Al Hasan banned for two years by the BCB, he is all set to miss the IPL 2020 and 2021 for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. In a scenario like this, with Yusuf Pathan also released by the franchise, there is no strength in their middle-order. Besides his explosive batting, SRH will also miss the useful overs of Pathan as and when needed.

Also Read: IPL 2020 Auctions: Three Players RCB and SRH Might Target

Ish Sodhi (RR)

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Kiwi spinner Ish Sodhi was a good foreign recruit by the Royals in IPL 2018. Since then he was in and out of the team but performed well whenever he got his chance. He picked up nine wickets from eight matches for the franchise before he was released. Sodhi will certainly be a good addition to any franchise he plays for in the upcoming season. 

David Miller (KXIP)

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Miller’s eight-year-old association with Kings XI Punjab came to an end after the franchise decided to release him ahead of the IPL 2020 auctions. He made his debut for them in 2012 and since then scored 1850 runs for the franchise including a century. The middle-order was heavily dependent on Miller’s shoulders till the time he was around as he formed a great combination with Glenn Maxwell in 2014 and played a key role in taking the team to the finals. With him released now, it would be difficult for KXIP to search for someone who can fill in his shoes. 

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Mohit Sharma (CSK)

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Mohit Sharma was one of the finds of MS Dhoni during his stay with the franchise. Having made his debut for the franchise in 2013, Mohit was groomed by Dhoni and was even a part of the 2015 Indian squad which was led by him. He became a very good bowler under Dhoni and learned his skills as well. However, having made a comeback in the squad in the 2019 IPL, Mohit failed to regain his place in the playing XI. Thus the franchise released him ahead of the IPL 2020 auctions. He could have been retained by the franchise and could have been used as a trump card by Dhoni. 

Ben Cutting (MI)

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Cutting was recruited by Mumbai Indians in 2018 from Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, he wasn’t getting many games as an all-rounder due to the presence of a certain Kieron Pollard in the playing XI. He scored just 18 runs in the three matches played last season having picked just one wicket. However, he was in good form in the recently concluded T10 League where he played for the Deccan Gladiators. He even played a match-winning knock against the Qalandars in the Eliminator. Having released him, Mumbai can rebuy him in the upcoming auctions. 

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