5 Unsold IPL 2019 players: The SportsRush present before you five names who might attract buyers in the IPL 2020 Auction.
With the auction date of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League being made public, all the franchises are most likely to zero in on names which might interest them in the auction ahead of IPL 2020.
It is worth mentioning that the auction in December will just be a mini-auction. Therefore, one can’t really expect teams to go all out in the auction. Having said that, the think tanks surely have the option of buying a player or two to tick the required boxes in their combination.
Let us have a look at some names who went unsold in the last auction but have it in them to allure a franchise ahead of IPL 2020.
5 Unsold IPL 2019 players teams might consider to buy in IPL 2020 Auction
Former West Indies captain and current all-rounder Jason Holder leading Barbados Tridents to a title victory in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League was a perfect way of responding after being sacked as the national captain.
Having dismissed 14 batsmen in 13 matches at an average of 25.71, an economy rate of 7.34 and a strike rate of 21, Holder finished the season as its third-highest wicket-taker.
A capable batsman down the order, Holder is the idle senior players who can contribute across departments in a T20 franchise. The 27-year old cricketer has represented Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and SunRisers Hyderabad in the past.
New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Glenn Phillips ended CPL 2019 as its fourth-highest run-scorer. Apart from his batting skills, Phillips was in supreme form as a wicket-keeper as well. Opening the batting with Universe Boss Chris Gayle, Phillips scored 374 runs at an average of 37.40 and a strike rate of 144.96 including three half-centuries.
With two out of this three half-centuries coming when Gayle was dismissed for a single-figure score, it speaks highly about him performing when his team requires him the most.
The 22-year old right-hand batsman might not have justified his potential in T20Is for New Zealand but this season of the Caribbean Premier League might just hand more T20 gigs around the world to him.
Another of those players who did well in the CPL recently, Allen scoring 218 runs at an average of 27.25 and a strike rate of 177.23 is a significant achievement for a lower middle-order batsman. Having represented West Indies in 12 ODIs and 10 T20Is, Allen might just get to play his maiden season of the IPL this season.
Playing for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Allen played a vital role in two of their victories. While Allen scored 37* (15) with the help of five fours and two sixes during a successful 242-run chase against Jamaica Tallawahs, he scored an unbeaten 62 (27) with the help of seven fours and three sixes in another winning effort against the same opposition.
With Allen being a bowling all-rounder despite being underused in this tournament, he is an idle cricketer who contributes across departments. His left-arm spin can turn out to be more than just handy in the Indian conditions.
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The primary reason behind picking former South Africa batsman Rilee Rossouw is his recent praiseworthy T20 record in the Asian conditions. Playing for Rangpur Riders in the last season of the Bangladesh Premier League, Rossouw had finished the season as its highest run-scorer.
In 14 matches, Rossouw had scored 558 runs at an average of 69.75 and a strike rate of 150 including a century and half-centuries.
The 30-year old southpaw was also among the Top 10 run-scorers in the Pakistan Super League held earlier this year. In 12 matches, Rossouw had scored 295 runs at an average of 32.77 and a strike rate of 135.94 including a half-century.
Considering the fact that Rossouw adjusts well in the Indian conditions, he has it in him to do well as a senior top-order batsman in the IPL.
Much like Rossouw, England batsman Alex Hales had also prospered in the Bangladesh Premier League this season. Eighth-highest run-scorer, Hales had scored 304 runs at an average of 43.42 and a strike rate of 167.03 including a century and two half-centuries for the Riders.
If Rossouw was among the runs in the PSL, Hales left a significant impact in the Vitality T20 Blast earlier this year. In 12 matches for Nottinghamshire, Hales had scored 418 runs at an average of 38 and a strike rate of 140.26 including five half-centuries.
Hales has played six matches for SunRisers Hyderabad in 2018. The 30-year old opening batsman would be hoping for another stint to also press his case for national selection for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020.