The much-anticipated IPL 2020 Auction for the next season of the IPL took place on the 19th of December at Kolkata. Even though it was a mini-auction it had everything in it. It had its ebbs and flows as teams spent a lot of money on some of the players. A total of 62 players were bought by eight different franchises out of which 29 were overseas.
Pat Cummins, who was bought by KKR was the costliest buy for 15.5 CR whereas Piyush Chawla who will play for CSK was the most expensive Indian on the day.
While building an IPL squad, a franchise is allowed to pick only 8 overseas players and so they should be picked wisely. Four out of those eight make the XI, so teams must get it right while picking the overseas stars. On that note let’s have a look at three teams with the Best Overseas Players in their squads.
3. Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians have an overall great squad, so they will have some of the best overseas players. Their overseas stars start with a couple of exciting openers in Quinton De Kock and Chris Lynn.
Moving on to the all-rounders, they have their ever-reliable middle-order batsman Kieron Pollard and another similar West Indian Sherfane Rutherford. Rutherford can be the back-up option for Pollard who has the same skill set.
Talking about the fast bowlers, they have the best fast bowling line-up among all the teams in this IPL. They had the best white-ball bowler in the world in Jasprit Bumrah and now they have got some class overseas quicks as well.
Lasith Malinga who bowled a fantastic last over in the last season of the IPL will be back. Mitchell McClenaghan and Trent Boult will be the two left-armers and then add to that the quick Nathan Coulter Nile. Mumbai Indians have some really good overseas players in their squad.
2. Kings XI Punjab
KXIP had a lot of money at the IPL 2020 auction, and with that money, they have bought some exciting overseas players in their squad. Chris Gayle will be there up at the top with heir newly appointed captain KL Rahul.
They have got two exciting power-hitters in their middle-order Glenn Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran. You have to say that KXIP got the steal of this auction with James Neesham. He is an underrated player and to get him for 50 Lakhs has to be a steal.
Moving on to the bowlers, they have a got mystery spinner in Mujeeb Ur Rahman. They have got their powerplay overs covered with the Salute Man – Sheldon Cottrell and the death overs covered with the yorker specialist – Chris Jordan.
All these players make a good set of overseas players who will be exciting to watch.
1. Kolkata Knight Riders
Before the IPL 2020 auction started, Kolkata Knight Riders had the best overseas player of IPL 2019 – Andre Russell. He is always going to be a match-winner in the shortest format of the game. They had retained the likes of Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, and Harry Gurney.
In the IPL 2020 auction, they got one of the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball – Eoin Morgan. He can even help with his leadership experience in the setup. They have beefed up their fast bowling by getting the costliest player of the auction – Pat Cummins.
They even got the young sensation from England – Tom Banton. Towards the end, the got a smart player in Chris Green who bowls some tight off-spin. They have some really exciting overseas players who could help them do better than their last season.