4 Players from CPL 2019 that IPL Teams should target in this year Auction
- Updated: November 1, 2019
If you are an ardent follower of the Caribbean Premier League, you would surely have experienced its share of exciting matches and nail-biting moments. CPL 2019 too lived up to the expectations of fans and followers with some stupendous performances. It is also interesting to note that some new and unknown players too managed to leave a strong impact this year.
Taking into account the IPL 2020 auctions which have been scheduled on 19th December 2019 in Kolkata, the following is a list of the top CPL players of 2019 who deserve the attention of the IPL franchises-
4 CPL 2019 Players that Should target in IPL 2020 Auction
- Hayden Walsh: He has recently been in the headlines for snaring 19 wickets at a remarkable average of just 11.73 in CPL 2019 for Barbados Tridents. This has won him immense appreciation from the entire cricket community. Having represented the USA in eight games in ODIs and T20Is combined, this leg-break googly bowler took a combined tally of six wickets with quite a successful average of 21.50 in these matches. The fact that two leg spinners feature in the top five all-time IPL wicket-takers list – Amit Mishra (157 wickets) and Piyush Chawla (150 wickets), is expected to work in Walsh’s favor as far as getting an IPL bid is concerned.
- Glenn Philips: This wicket-keeper-batsman from New Zealand, in all likelihood, will turn out to be a bankable player for any IPL franchise. When it comes to the domestic T20 leagues, his exploits with the bat have been quite impactful. Having debuted for New Zealand against South Africa in T20Is in 2017, he eventually joined Jamaica Tallawahs in CPL. In the 2016-17 domestic T20 season of the Super Smash that was held in New Zealand, he emerged to be the highest run scorer with 369 runs in 10 outings. He has to his credit three fifties and a century with a remarkable strike rate of 143. Even after a couple of years, he has managed to hold on steadily to his form, scoring 374 runs in 10 innings at a strike rate of 144.96 in the CPL. Ranked 16th in the entire history of CPL with 1007 runs at an average of 35.96 in only 28 innings, he is destined for greater things. This is, in fact, the least number of matches taken to achieve a score of 1000 runs in CPL. Thanks to his consistency and excellent wicket-keeping capabilities, he is viewed as no less than a lethal weapon for any IPL franchise.
- Sheldon Cottrell: This left-arm fast bowler, despite being left unsold in 2017 and 2018 at a base price of Rs. 50 lakh, signed off as the top wicket-taker for West Indies with 12 wickets at the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Cricket enthusiasts could fathom his athletic skills from his jaw-dropping one-handed catch at the boundary in an attempt to dismiss Steven Smith. He had secured his place in the West Indies team way back in 2013 whenhe played his maiden match against India at the Eden Gardens. This was followed by his debut matches in T20I and ODI cricket in 2014 and 2015 respectively. In 16 T20Is, Cottrell has 24 wickets at an average of 18.54, which is quite impressive. In the list of top wicket-takers, he is positioned at sixth, with 12 scalps in 8 games, with his average being 19.25. Between 2013 and 2019, Cottrell has played a total of 50 CPL matches, taking 69 wickets at an average of 19.33, managing to acquire the fifth rank in the all-time top wicket-takers’ list in CPL.
- Rahkeem Cornwall: This 26-year old West Indies cricketer, weighing over 300 pounds, holds his claim to fame as the heaviest international cricketer ever when he debuted against India. In the current era of Yo-Yo tests where fitness demands huge importance as a factor for team selection, Cornwall has proven his immense potential as a cricketer by putting up a consistently good show, be it with the bat or the ball. Playing first-class cricket since 2014, Cornwall took 54 wickets in only 9 matches with a commendable average of 17.68. His hitting ability in CPL 2019 for St. Lucia Zouks catapulted him to the 11th position in the list of top run-getters. Having scored 254 runs in 10 games, Cornwall got ahead of Chris Gayle by just one run. In this auction, speculations are rife that the strike rate at which he belts the bowlers out of the park might work in his favor in this IPL auction. With a superb strike-rate of 190.97, he has surely managed to make everyone sit up and take notice. A follower of the Virender Sehwag brand of stand and deliver, he stands rooted to his crease, irrespective of how experienced and acclaimed the bowler is.
These are 4 CPL 2019 stars that IPL franchises should certainly take note of ahead of the IPL 2020 auctions.