Indian T20 League 2020 is upon us and with just over a month to go for the tournament, the excitement among fans, players and team franchises couldn’t be anymore. Although the T20 format is said to be a batsman dominated game, over the years this trend has changed a bit as the bowlers have started playing a very crucial role in determining a team’s success. So let’s have a look at five overseas batsmen to watch out for in this edition of the Indian T20 League.
1. P Cummins
P Cummins in recent years has been one of the best bowlers in every format of the game. Thus, it was no surprise to see him being the most expensive overseas players in the Indian T20 League 2020 auction, going for a jaw-dropping 15.5 crores INR to Kolkata. The Australian pacer had previously represented Team Kolkata in 2014-2015. He didn’t feature in the previous edition of the tournament however his recent outing in the Indian T20 League was for Team Delhi in 2017, taking 15 wickets in 12 matches. The Eden Gardens is usually a high scoring venue with pitches assisting batsmen. However, with a hint of swing and bounce early on in the innings, Cummins could cause havoc among the batsmen in the powerplay overs and is tipped as one of the favourites to win the Purple Cap this season.
2. N Coulter-Nile
N Coulter Nile was among the five most expensive players in this year’s Indian T20 League auction with the defending champions Team Mumbai buying him for a whopping amount of 8 crore INR. He was previously a part of Team Mumbai in the 2013 season where he was in and out of the team. Since then, the 32-year-old has played for Team Delhi in 2014-2016 and for Team Kolkata in 2017 after which he missed the 2018 season due to injury. The Australian pacer has bagged 36 wickets in 26 Indian T20 League games played. These figures not fairly impressive looking at the price tag, however, he is usually said to have a golden arm, having the knack to pick wickets at the right time. He is also pretty useful with the bat lower down the order which works for him. Team Mumbai have a good long list of pacers and it will thus be intriguing to see where he fits, however with Team Mumbai having spent good cash on the Australian pacer, we could see him starting.
3. S Cottrell
The Jamaican fast bowler, S Cottrell is one of the current best bowlers not only in the West Indian squad but also in today’s world cricket and it came to no surprise to see him being one of most expensive players in the Indian T20 League 2020 auction. After entering the auction for a base price of 50 lakhs INR, the 30-year-old was eventually bought by Team Punjab for 8.5 crores INR. After releasing A Tye and S Curran, Cottrell looks like the perfect piece in Punjab’s jigsaw as they were in need of a genuine fast bowler. The Caribbean has been in great form off lately with him also being West Indies’ top wicket-taker in the World Cup picking 12 wickets in 9 matches. Expectations will be high as this will be his first Indian T20 League season in 12 editions of the league.
4. I Tahir
The South African leg spinner is one of the deadliest and most successful spinners in the Indian T20 League. Even after his retirement from international cricket in 2019, the 40-year-old has played in various T20 leagues all over the world picking wickets for fun. After picking 26 wickets in the 2019 edition of the Indian T20 League, I Tahir not only won the Purple Cap but also became the spinner to take the most wickets in an Indian T20 League season. He has played 55 Indian T20 League matches, picking 79 wickets in the process. With his ability and capability of bowling at any stage of the innings and the fact that this could be the South African’s final Indian T20 League season, hopes will be high as he looks to retain his Purple Cap this season. Always a good pick to chose in your fantasy team.
5. S Lamichhane
The 19-year-old has been a revelation in the spinning department and is one of the most recognizable faces in today’s cricketing world. Having had his breakthrough in the 2016 edition of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup where he picked 14 wickets in 6 matches, he came into the limelight when he represented Team Delhi in the Indian T20 League. He has been representing Team Delhi since the 2018 edition of the Indian T20 League and since then has played 9 matches, racking up 13 wickets. He has also done well recently for his national side as well as the Australian T20 League in Australia. With his ability to turn the ball both ways and his versatility of bowling at multiple Indian T20 League stages of the innings, mainly in the powerplay, Team Delhi will be confident of a strong performance from the Nepalese leg spinner this Indian T20 League season.