One Blunder that each franchise made in IPL 2020 auction
IPL auctions are fun, interesting and one of the most entertaining events. Auctions play a major role in team strategy and planning. A huge amount of money is invested in two-day IPL auction and a franchise makes sure to get the excellent value from money spent. But however, after all the research and exploring, money spent on some players who do not perform up to the mark looks like a blunder.
Auction for IPL 2020 tournament was conducted on 19th December 2019. An incredible sum of money 140.30 crores was spent by the franchises seeking some of the best players in the world. They know which player is exactly required. But some buys are not worth and may bring loses to the franchise. So, they end up regretting their decisions later.
So let us look at the blunders of each team in IPL auction 2020:
Dale Steyn- Royal Challengers Bangalore
No doubt Dale Steyn had performed really well in the two games he played last season. But due to his injury, he was pulled out of the rest of the tournament and franchise had to suffer as well. Moreover, ageing also affects the energy level of a fast bowler.
Dale is the part of current IPL season yet he has only played three T20 since the IPL is inaugurated, and not a single ODI. He already has taken retirement from Test cricket. RCB could have opted for good middle-order batsman instead of taking Steyn back.
Sheldon Cottrell- Kings XI Punjab
Cottrell the latest recruit in kings XI team probably does not fit well he does not have much experience playing on slow tracks of UAE. Though he has been bought with a fat check of 8.5 crores by IPL.Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Jordan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will most likely start in the playing XI.
Jordan’s efficiency to perform in the death overs is quite high as compared to Cottrell. So logically he will be preferred over Cottrell. Cricket fans are looking forward to how this Jamaican cricketer adapts to the slow tracks of UAE.
Nathan Coulter-Nile- Mumbai Indians
Nathan Coulter-Nile was bought for a high price as Mumbai Indians were deprived of good spinners. It was not a smart move as he has not played a single game in the previous two seasons of the IPL. Also, Coulter is not a part of Australia’s ODI anymore.
Defending champions could have opted to buy a good spin attack despite choosing this foreign pacer. Coulter-Nile being a ‘hit-the-deck’ bowler might not be as effective on the slower pitches of UAE.
Robin Uthappa- Rajasthan Royals
Honestly speaking Robin Uthappa is not a logical pick by the RR franchise. In the last couple of seasons, he is performing poorly. Rajasthan should have bought a solid Indian batsman as he is quite old for an upcoming edition of the cash-rich IPL2020 on 19 September. He was auctioned for INR 3 crore, which we think will be a blunder for the team.
He has scored 623 runs in the last two seasons at a strike rate of little more than 124. His act of the play was extremely mediocre even in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2019.
Alex Carey -Delhi Capitals
Carey an Australian wicketkeeper, left-hander batsman, is not as explosive as other team players. He takes time to settle and perform. A team can not rely on him in death overs. Also, he has been out from Australia ODI as he collapsed bizarrely during a run-chase against England.
In IPL 2020 auction, the teams were showing great interest in bidding at him as he performed dexterously in last year’s world cup. He was bought for INR 2.40 crores by Delhi capitals.
Tom Banton- Kolkata Knight Riders
Tom Banton is an intense top-order batsman. Kolkata Knight Riders franchise bought him for INR 1 crore in IPL auction. This young batsman has been dismissed by a leg-spinner in six out of 13 matches, at an average of about 17 and a strike rate of 156 in T20 cricket, numbers which aren’t as promising.
Bantom seems to be quite slower than other bowlers so he might not be able to perform at sluggish pitches of UAE due to lack of experience.
Mitchell Marsh -Sunrisers Hyderabad
Mitchell Marsh is an average all-rounder Australian player. He played the last IPL tournament in 2016 with Rising Pune Supergiant that might bother him as there is a gap of almost 4 years. He earned his maiden call-up for Australia at the age of 19, in Australia’s Twenty20 in 2011.
He has not proven himself as an explosive player for his home team also. he has only played 4 T20 events post the 2018 World Cup in England and Wales. He has been bought for INR 2 crores by SRH and is looking to make a mark in IPL 2020 season.
Sam Curran- Chennai Super Kings
Sam Curran is a young cricketer from surrey who has made quite an impressive entry in cricket world via T20 tournaments. He is a spin bowler who performed extravagantly in death overs. As watched last year, against Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Mumbai Indians (MI), he capitulates over 50 runs in four overs both times.
But talking about his overall performance, he needs to be more experienced and consistent to perform on slow pitch grounds in UAE. he was bought for INR 5.50 crore by CSK, the team has high hopes from Sam.
Not everything is perfect, so is the IPL which is highly unpredictable. Sometimes underrated players perform extraordinarily. and there are some odd times also when even experienced players are not able to match up to their own benchmark.