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One Bowler that each Team would look to sign in IPL 2020 Auction

IPL 2020 Auction: One Bowler that each Team would look to sign

The 2020 IPL auction begins soon this month and there is a lot of speculation about franchises and their targeted players. Several teams have already released some players, looking to snap up new ones in the auction. Earlier, bowlers in the IPL have drawn huge bids in comparison to batsmen. In the auction for IPL 2019, Varun Chakravarthy and Jaydev Unadkat were the costliest players, purchased for Rs. 8.4 crore each by their respective franchises.

Here’s looking at one bowler that each team will want to land in the auction for IPL 2020.

  1. Sheldon Cottrell- CSK- CSK released only 6 players ahead of the auction and will not want to tamper much with their squad. The last season runners-up may want to bolster their bowling department however since Dwayne Bravo is no longer the explosive death overs specialist that he was according to several experts. They may want to clinch Sheldon Cottrell who will be a great complement to Lungi Ngidi and Deepak Chahar. Cottrell did well in the ICC World Cup 2019 and also the CPL 2019 where he scalped 12 wickets. He is a regular player in the limited-overs team for West Indies at the moment as well. CSK only have to fill up a few positions and with a purse of Rs. 14.6 crore, they will be among the leading teams to sign Cottrell.
  2. Jaydev Unadkat- (Delhi Capitals) Delhi Capitals have released several players and will have many positions to fill up. They got Ravinchandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane in the trading window and traded out Rahul Tewatia and Trent Boult alike. They have also released Chris Morris and will need a good fast-bowler in the team. They may look to snap up Jaydev Unadkat for the team this season since he has done well in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy. He has been released by the Rajasthan Royals and could complement Kagiso Rabada well at the death.
  3. Pat Cummins- (KXIP) Kings XI Punjab have released 9 players including their captain Ashwin. They have the largest purse prior to the auction and have also released Varun Chakravarthy, Andrew Tye and Sam Curran. They will also look for a good pace bowler to back up Mohammed Shami after having traded Ankit Rajpoot. Pat Cummins fits the bill, being the number 1 Test bowler at the moment and one of the top 5 ODI bowlers as well. He played for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2017, taking 15 wickets in 12 games and missed IPL 2018 with injury. He has 92 wickets in 77 T20 matches with a 7.76 economy rate.
  4. Dale Steyn- (KKR) Kolkata Knight Riders have many slots to fill and will look for a quality pace bowler this time around. Dale Steyn fits the bill with his experience and he has returned to form in MSL 2019 for Cape Town Blitz, having picked up 15 wickets in only 8 matches with an average of 15.13 and 7.09 economy rate. Steyn had 4 wickets in just 2 matches last season for RCB before being ruled out with an injury. KKR will benefit from his experience of having taken 250 wickets in T20 matches and his expertise in the death overs.
  5. Piyush Chawla- (Mumbai Indians) MI has one of the strongest lineups this season and will only look to fill up the spin bowling lineup with a quality acquisition. They have traded Mayank Markande to Delhi Capitals for Sherfane Rutherford. They may look at getting Piyush Chawla for finishing the team. KKR has released Chawla after last season when he took 10 wickets in 13 games. However his overall IPL stats are impressive with 150 wickets in all. Chawla has performed well in the Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy alike. He picked up 9 wickets in only 6 matches with a 5.16 economy rate for Gujarat in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He took 17 wickets in 11 matches with a 4.44 economy rate in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He has more than 250 T20 wickets career-wise and will complement Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar perfectly.
  6. R Sai Kishore- (Rajasthan Royals) RR have traded Ajinkya Rahane to Delhi Capitals and got Mayank Markande in return along with Rahul Tewatia. They have traded Krishnappa Gowtham for Ankit Rajpoot and have a hefty purse of Rs. 28.9 crore for the auction since they released Jaydev Unadkat. While they have a good lineup of fast bowlers in Rajpoot, Varun Aaron and Jofra Archer, they will need a backup option. They have Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal and Markande as spinners but they are all leg-spinners. A finger spinner such as R Sai Kishore could be a great bet for bolstering the team. Kishore has performed well in the current season, being the highest wicket-taker in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with 20 wickets in 12 games. He has also played well in the Tamil Nadu Premier League.
  7. Mitchell Starc– (RCB) Royal Challengers Bangalore will look at Mitchell Starc for this season after releasing 8 foreign players and retaining just Moeen Ali and AB De Villiers. They have a hefty purse of Rs. 27.90 crore and may look to land Starc’s signature. Starc was the highest wicket-taker in the ICC World Cup 2019 and has 130 wickets in 96 T20 matches. He has previously played in 2014 and 2015 for RCB.
  8. Chris Jordan- (Sunrisers Hyderabad) SRH will be looking for a backup fast bowling option in Chris Jordan. They will be wary of the injuries suffered by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and will look for someone to complement him and Khaleel Ahmed. Billy Stanlake is prone to injuries and Chris Jordan could be the ideal backup option, having played well in the Abu Dhabi T10 League for the Maratha Arabians and for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2019 CPL. He has taken more than 175 wickets in T20s and can also hit the ball cleanly in the last few overs.

These are bowlers that each franchise would like to sign in the IPL 2020 auctions for lending more strength and solidity to their squads.

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