6 players for whom IPL 2020 is a must: The SportsRush present before you a list of players who are banking on the IPL for T20 World Cup 2020 selection.
There is no going into a safe house regarding the fact that a season of the Indian Premier League in the year of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup receives all the more importance due to some pretty valid reasons.
Leave aside Indian players, even some overseas players eye a season of the IPL for a solid performance against some of the best in the game aids them in getting preference when their national squad gets selected.
Had it not been for the outbreak of a “pandemic” in the novel COVID-19, the 13th season of the Indian Premier would have only a handful of nights away. As a result, some players would have been at the top of their game to press a case for themselves before the T20 World Cup in Australia this year.
With the Indian government announcing a lockdown till April 14 as a preventive measure in the wake of coronavirus, it is highly unlikely that IPL 2020 will start from its scheduled date of April 15. Hoping that the tournament begins anytime before its reported deadline, below six Indian players for whom a stellar season of the IPL is a must.
6 players for whom IPL 2020 is a must
Veteran India wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who last played for India during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, missed the West Indies tour (and all subsequent series) last year due to his training for the parachute regiment of the Indian Army in Kashmir valley.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 26, 2020
Dhoni was in the news in January when his name wasn’t to be found in the list of annually contracted Indian players. Since his absence from top-level cricket, Dhoni has allured abundant comments, speculations and opinions regarding his future as an international cricketer.
Given Dhoni’s stature, these statement didn’t come as a surprise but that doesn’t make him an automatic pick for the World Cup. Barring his strike rate in the recent past, the 38-year old has all the numbers in his favour in addition to his international experience of 15 years.
Slated to lead Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020 for the 11th time, a lot of eyes will unequivocally be on Dhoni solely for his batting. Irrespective of what he does with his captaincy, experience or wicket-keeping, the 38-year old player will be judged primarily on the number of runs he scores in this season.