It’s that time of the year again! The Indian T20 League 2020, the thirteenth edition of the tournament, is upon us and the excitement among fans, players and team franchises couldn’t be any more. Adding to the intensity of this event is the presence of the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in June and players would want to give it their best to get into their respective international teams’ squads for the World Cup.
The T20 format is said to be a batsman-dominated game and with just 20 overs at their expense, it’s a big responsibility on the batsmen to post a big score. So let’s have a look at five overseas batsmen to watch out for in this edition of the Indian T20 League.
1. C Lynn
C Lynn was bought by Team Mumbai(MI) at a base price of Rs. 2 crores. No other bid for the Australian opener was made, which was a bit surprising, given how well he has done recently. The power hitter was a part of Team Kolkata’s(KKR) squad in the last edition of the Indian T20 League, where he scored a respectable 405 runs in his 13 outings with a deadly strike rate of 140. His recent form has been great, with explosive performances in the T10 league and the Australian T20 league. He also became the first man in Australian T20 League history to score 2000 runs. Overall in the Indian T20 League, the 29-year-old has played 41 games, scoring 1280 runs, and Team Mumbai will be hoping that he improves these figures this year. Chris Lynn will add a strong dimension to the Team Mumbai’s batting lineup and it will be intriguing to see if he opens or plays at number three with the presence of Q de Kock and skipper R Sharma
2. S Hetmyer
S Hetmyer, one of the rising stars in world cricket today, was an exciting prospect in the Indian T20 League 2019 when he was racked up by Team Bengaluru(RCB). However, the fame didn’t shine into reality as the young batsman from Guyana failed to showcase his talent and gave poor performances. He was eventually dropped from the team. He returned to the team later and played a match-winning knock of 75 runs against SRH in RCB’s last game of the Indian T20 League 2019. However, this wasn’t enough for him to keep his place in the squad for a long time. RCB didn’t retain him and the young batsman was bought by Team Delhi(DC) in the Indian T20 League 2020 auction for a huge amount of Rs. 7.75 crores. The young batsman’s numbers in T20 cricket do not justify this price tag; however, he has had some good outings in the 50 over format lately and DC owners will be hoping for a strong performance from him. The 23-year-old is a good player of spin and alongside R Pant in the middle order can be deadly for the opposition as he possesses the power to change the complexion of the game in a matter of a few overs
3. D Warner
David Warner is no doubt an Indian T20 League veteran and one of the greatest players this league has come across. His Indian T20 League stats speak for themselves as the deadly Australian batsman has racked up a total of 4706 runs in the Indian T20 League so far at an impressive average of 43 and a more than impressive strike rate of 142. He was also the Orange Cup winner in the last edition of the league adding to his bag of Orange Cap wins in 2015 and 2017. SRH retained the 33-year-old, which was a very easy decision after having the best opening combination of Warner and Bairstow last season. D Warner has been in great form lately in all formats and SRH will be hoping for big scores from him this season as he looks to be one of the favourites to win the Orange Cap again this season
4. C Gayle
Despite being one of the oldest players in the league, Chris Gayle once again steps into the Indian T20 League as one of the favourites to win the Orange Cap. The 40-year-old is an ambassador of the shortest format of the game while also being another veteran of the Indian T20 League. Over the years, his deadly striking at the top of the order has been a nightmare for bowlers and we can expect something similar from the West Indian this season as well. He has won two Orange Caps in the Indian T20 League with his impressive batting. Gayle has scored 4484 runs in 125 outings in the Indian T20 League with a deadly strike rate of 152. In last year’s edition, he scored 490 runs from 13 matches and it couldn’t have been an easier decision for KXIP to retain the forever young opener. Provided he stays fit throughout the season, we should be able to see a lot of fireworks this season from the West Indian
5. De Villiers
De Villiers recently expressed his interest in coming out of retirement to play the T20 World Cup this year. If the South African board intends to do so, ABD will have to showcase his performance in front of the selectors and thus the Indian T20 League 2020 could be a very crucial tournament for the South African. Over the years, he has been one of the most consistent performers in the Indian T20 League. Despite not winning even a single Indian T20 League trophy with RCB, the 35-year-old has performed very well individually in every season with his record speaking for itself. De Villiers has played a total of 154 matches, scoring 4395 runs at an average of 40 and a superb strike rate of 152. Opportunities will be plenty for the South African as he once again tries to take RCB to their maiden Indian T20 League trophy
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