Post a successful and action-packed Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 which was staged in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a Coronavirus stricken world, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to organise the blockbuster event in India in the months of April and May. At least some sort of crowds is also expected as the country is progressing nicely in its fight against the pandemic.
While it was earlier being speculated that there might be a mega auction ahead of this year’s tournament, it has been confirmed that there would be a mini-auction which is scheduled to happen on February 18, 2021 in Chennai. All teams would be looking to work on their squads and tweak the team combination to arrange a side that can go on to lift the trophy.
The franchises would have obviously followed T20 tournaments around the world including the recently concluded Big Bash League (BBL) and here is a list of three key players whose performances in the BBL might just tease the IPL franchises to not only go for them in the auctions but even spend that extra bit from their pocket.
1. Jhye Richardson
Perth Scorchers’ 24-year-old speedster Jhye Richardson ended the Big Bash League (BBL) as the highest wicket-taker as he bagged 29 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 16.31 and an economy of 7.69. Given that some franchises including the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab are in dire need of fast bowling options, Richardson can surely attract big bids in the IPL auctions.
2. Ben Dwarshuis
Although he is yet to make his T20I debut, Ben Dwarshuis impressed one and all with his performances in the Big Bash League (BBL). The 26-year-old picked 24 wickets in 13 matches and was the second highest wicket-taker in the competition. With speedsters known to make a mark in IPL, even Dwarshuis could attract the eyeballs of the IPL franchises and they might want to spend big money on him to boost their bowling power.
3. Alex Hales
England’s right-handed opening batsman Alex Hales enjoyed a stellar season with the bat for the Sydney Sixers in the recently concluded Big Bash League (BBL). He was in fact the tournament’s leading run-getter as he scored 543 runs at an average of 38.78 and a healthy strike rate of 161.60. Hales scored a record 30 sixes in an edition of BBL- a good enough number to convince franchises to believe in his ability.