IPL Auction 2020: Five All-Rounders In Demand Among Franchises

IPL Auction 2020 - Sakshi Post

KOLKOTA: The 2020 VIVO IPL Player Auction is all set to take place in Kolkata on the 19th of December at 3:00 PM where Hugh Edmeades will be the auctioneer for the event.

As per the IPL website a total of 997 players are registered for the 2020 VIVO IPL Player Auction out of which 338 were shortlisted as requested by the 8 IPL franchises.

A total of 190 Indian players, 145 overseas players & 3 players from Associate Nations have been added to the list. With the shortlist received, the franchises seem to have taken notice of key performances in the Indian domestic circuit and some names could well prove to be the next stars of Indian cricket. Some international biggies, capped Indian players & key performers from the past are also up for grabs.

All-rounders have always sold like hotcakes when it comes to Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions. The T20 format paves way for those who 'multi-task' to be more in demand and on Thursday, when the 13th edition of the lucrative franchise league auction takes place here, it won't be any different.

Take a look at the five all-rounders who could be in demand among franchises.

Glenn Maxwell: Maxwell is returning from a break due to mental-health reasons and although he does not have great numbers to show for in the tournament -- 1397 runs at 22.90 in 69 matches -- his game changing ability is expected to pull franchises. Maxwell is handy with his off-breaks too and is a brilliant fielder.

Chris Morris: Morris was released by Delhi Capitals ahead of the auction this year due to his low-key performances in 2019. But the South African bowling all-rounder who made a name from the IPL is always an asset when it comes to death bowling. He also has ability to take wickets regularly and although he is injury-prone, franchises might want to look at his recent form, taking 44 wickets at 24.86 and an economy rate of 8.42 in 36 T20I games.

Jimmy Neesham: The New Zealand all-rounder has not been part of the IPL lately and was picked by then Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 7 and 8 respectively. Neesham did not have a great time then but is now one of the most sought after all-rounders going around. He did well for the Black Caps at the 50-over World Cup too, helping them reach the finals. At base price of 50 lakh, he could start a bidding war.

Andile Phehlukwayo: Andile Phehlukwayo is a utility cricketer and that has come to the fore time and again for South Africa. He has not played in the IPL before so his unknown factor to domestic cricketers could attract franchises. With the ball, he is deceptive and economical and can score runs at brisk pace too.

Chris Woakes: The World Cup winning England all-rounder was with KKR last season and is a proven talent with bat and ball. Woakes is good at the death and with the new ball and can contribute with the bat also. Franchises would definitely wish to give the wily customer a thought at the auction table. (IANS)

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