As yet another edition of the Indian premier league (IPL) is around the corner, the preparations for the new season are in full swing. The IPL auction 2020 is scheduled to take place on 19th December in Kolkata.
All the franchises would want to use this opportunity as they go into this auction with an objective to plug in the deficiencies in their squad by roping in a few utility players as per the limited number of slots available to them.
Despite it being a mini-auction, a lot will be at stake for the teams to bid for the best suitable players who can fit in their scheme of things for the IPL next year. With some of the most renowned names already released ahead of the auction, the bid might now enthrall fans and the players in what could otherwise have been just another event before the IPL.
A lot of experienced players who opted to miss the tournament last year due to their national commitments will also be on the radar of the franchises at this auction. There might be a tussle for players as teams might indulge in bidding war for players of high quality. This could potentially result in some of the players getting a higher bid than they would normally expect.
Here is a look at three such players who can obtain the most expensive bid at the IPL auction 2020:
1. Chris Morris
It was baffling to see when Delhi Capitals released their key fast bowling all-rounder Chris Morris ahead of the IPL 2020. Being their second most successful bowler after Kagiso Rabada in 2019, Delhi’s decision to release Morris didn’t offer enough reasoning.
After retaining the South African as one of their three retained players in IPL 2018, the Delhi-based franchise trusted him with a lot of responsibility going forward in the season. The 30-year old even delivered with the ball, however, failed to contribute much with the bat.
Now, when Morris is ready to go under the hammer, it is highly possible that he might end up being the hot property in IPL auction 2020. His skills to bowl at the death are second to none and his current form in the ongoing Mzansi Super league makes him viable option to emerge as an expensive buy in the forthcoming auction.
2. Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal from Mumbai made the history books recently in the Vijay Hazare clash against Jharkhand in Bengaluru. At 17, Jaiswal became the youngest player to smash a double ton in List-A cricket on merely 149 balls. His innings of 203 of 154 balls, was the seventh instance of an Indian player crossing the 200-mark in limited-overs cricket.
He continues to count on his talent and opportunity that has come his way in the recent past. Currently, playing for India U19 in a five-match series against Afghanistan U19, Yashasvi began his series with a hundred. Also, followed it up with a match-winning unbeaten 38 runs in the second game to ride India to victory in a low scoring thriller.
If this is anything to go by, the Mumbai batsman might induce a hefty bid from one of the franchises in the auction. His free stroke-play is a treat to watch and holds him in good stead to steal all the limelight in what could possibly act as the launchpad for his arrival onto the big stage.
3. Chris Lynn
Chris Lynn’s release was a big surprise after Kolkata Knight Riders decided to relinquish the services of their most expensive buy of the IPL 2018. Lynn who was a formidable part of the KKR family since 2014, was shown the way out despite after a decent last season with the bat.
It might, however, prove to be a blessing in disguise for the T20 dasher, who will enter the auction as one of the most sought after players in the event. Lynn in his recent exploits at the Abu Dhabi T-10 league has smashed possibly all the records of run-scoring from the past seasons.
In eight matches for Maratha Arabians, the Australian registered 371 runs with an astonishing strike rate of 236. His hard-hitting prowess in the shorter versions of the game came to the fore as he played a major hand in guiding his team to a title victory.
If his form is anything to go by, Lynn might prove to be the most expensive in the upcoming auction as the franchises might vie to avail the services of him.
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