IPL 2020: Debutants who can leave a mark
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season is set to start on September 19 in the UAE. During the IPL 2020 auction, there were several interesting players (domestic and foreign) who were bought by teams. These players are all set to make a debut in the cash-rich league. In this article, we look at the debutants who can leave a mark.
England youngster Tom Banton was seen as one of the hottest prospects going into the auction. Kolkata Knight Riders, who let go off Chris Lynn, bought Banton for Rs. 1 crore. Banton enhanced his reputation in the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 season. He can strike the ball well and has terrific vision. Banton will want to show his mettle upfront for KKR.
A lanky leg-spinner, Ravi Bishnoi was the highest wicket-taker of the ICC U-19 World Cup. The youngster was the chief architect of India's comeback in final against Bangladesh, as he scalped four wickets. Bought by the Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs. 2 Crore, Bishnoi might prove lethal on the wavered Indian tracks with his sharp googlies.
Kings XI Punjab spent a staggering Rs. 8.5 crore on West Indian sensation Sheldon Cottrell. The left-arm pacer has been a regular feature of the West Indies side in recent years. He has shown that he can contribute with regular wickets. Cottrell is intelligent and mixes things up nicely. He can deceive batsmen and will need to be smart on the pitches in UAE.
Yashasvi Jaiswal became India's second-highest run-scorer in U-19 World Cup history. He amassed 400 runs in 6 innings at an average of 133.33. In 2019, he became the youngest Indian to score a list A double hundred. Yashasvi, who was picked by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 2.40 crore, could be a potential for the opening slot with no Ajinkya Rahane on offer.