IPL 2020: Overseas players add immense value with their presence in every edition of the IPL. With some of the best players featuring in the league, it takes the level of competition to even greater heights. Over the course of the last 12 years in the IPL, it is due to overseas talents, along with Indian players that IPL is hugely acknowledged for the quality cricket which is on display.
Even in IPL 2020, we will witness some of the best overseas recruits from different franchises go up against each other. While it will be a treat for fans, we try to put together the best XI featuring overseas players in IPL 2020.
1. Openers: David Warner and Chris Gayle:
The explosive opening duo of David Warner and Chris Gayle is a menacing sign for any opposition. Two of the best T20 opener going around in the world, Warner will lead Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020 while Gayle is expected to open the innings for Kings XI Punjab. Both the Southpaws have the capability to go berserk at the to of the order and can even inflict greater damage with long innings. Such an opening combo is a delight for any captain to have in the team.
2. Middle-Order: Jonny Bairstow (Wk), Eoin Morgan, Glenn Maxwell
After a strong opening duo, it is important to back it with a reliable middle-order. The likes of Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, and Glenn Maxwell offer exactly what the team demands. The trio can provide stability and at the same time possess the ability to explode whenever needed.
Morgan is a perfect choice to lead this XI while Bairstow can keep wickets while batting at No.3 in the batting order. Maxwell has been in stupendous form in the recently concluded BBL. While his participation in IPL 2020 remains to be in doubt, KXIP will hope that he recovers in time before their season opener.
3. All- Rounders: Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard
For the finisher’s job, there’s no better option than the Caribbean duo of Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard. Both the batters, especially Russell, can tonk the tonk ball hard and long. They can provide the required flourish at the back end of the innings in propelling the score above par. Russell has a huge reputation for playing quick blinders and is a vital cog in the KKR setup. On the other hand, Pollard has been one of the core players for Mumbai for more than ten years in the IPL.
4. Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Lasith Malinga
Bowlers form an important role in a team’s success in any tournament. While batsmen usually setup the game it is the bowlers who have the final say. Even in IPL 2020, there are some of the world’s best overseas players who will be leading their franchises’ bowling attacks. The likes of Pat Cummins, Lasith Malinga, and Kagiso Rabada, form a deadly fast-bowlers trio in this overseas XI.
Along with Rashid Khan as the lone spinner, the bowling attack is more than capable of defending possibly every total on the board. There’s enough variety in the attack with an apparent quality of bowling out oppositions at will.
Best Overseas XI from IPL 2020:
David Warner, Chris Gayle, Jonny Bairstow (Wk), Eoin Morgan (C), Glenn Maxwell, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Lasith Malinga