The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League has gotten off to a bang. Some franchises have certainly found the right combinations and are oozing with confidence while sitting towards the top end of the season, there are those too who still don’t know their best eleven. For those looking to strengthen their squad from within the IPL spectrum, an opportunity will come at the mid-way mark through the mid-season transfer window.
Mid-Season Transfer can work well for those players who haven’t had the opportunity to showcase their skills. For the untested talent, the mid-season transfers could be the perfect opportunity. In this article, we take a look at 5 such foreign prospects likely to shift base in the IPL 2020 mid-season transfer.
1. Mitchell Santner (Chennai Super Kings–> Kings XI Punjab)
The Kiwi left-arm spinner is a canny customer and handy lower-order batsman. But at Chennai Super Kings, with Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Sam Curran and Dwayne Bravo having occupied the foreign players slots and with the players performing consistently, it has become tough for Santner to break in.
On the other hand, the Punjab franchise is struggling after five defeats in six games. Glenn Maxwell is struggling to find his range and they don’t have a ready all-round replacement. Chris Gayle is also not readily available. In that scenario, Kings XI might want to reinforce the foreign recruit segment and Santner fits into their puzzle quite well.
4. Billy Stanlake (Sunrisers Hyderabad–> Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab)
Stanlake has played for two teams – Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is a lively right-arm pacer from Australia who can get the team breakthroughs. He has taken 7 wickets from as many ODIs and 27 wickets from 19 T20Is, 7 wickets from 6 IPL matches. As much his stats are impressive, the 25-year-old is injury prone, and with David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson and Rashid Khan occupying the foreign players slots there is not much chance for him to have a look in.
Both RCB and KXIP do not have back-up foreign seamers. Isuru Udana has already replaced Dale Styen at RCB and Sheldon Cottrell is continuing in the Kings XI even after having six inconsistent matches. Stanlake can clock 150 kmph, and can generate bounce because of his tall frame. A tantalising transfer option for these two teams.
2. Mitchell McClenaghan (Mumbai Indians–> Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals)
The left-arm pacer from New Zealand is an asset to any team. McClenaghan can rattle batsmen with pace and has good variations. With James Pattinson and Trent Boult doing well and Nathan Coulter-Nile waiting next in line, chances are quite hard for McClenaghan to enter the Mumbai Playing XI. In that scenario, he may want to enter a new set up.
They have a left-arm pacer in Sheldon Cottrell but he has blown hot and cold in IPL 2020. He had a good game against Royal Challengers Bangalore but in the next game he conceded 5 sixes in an over against Rajasthan Royals’ Rahul Tewatia. The trend continues. McClenaghan could be a worthy addition. Royals could also keep an eye on him because he is a left-arm pacer as Jaydev Unadkat has not delivered the goods this season so far.
4. David Miller (Rajasthan Royals–> Chennai Super Kings)
Miller is quite unlucky in IPL 2020. He came out to bat against Chennai Super Kings but was run out without even facing a ball. Since then he has been warming the benches. Skipper Steve Smith and Jos Buttler are certainties and with Ben Stokes too is now available, there is no real chance for Miller to get into the 11. Jofra Archer is the other foreign player in the 11. The South African might just search for a new shelter.
The Super Kings also have set four as foreign players – Shane Watson, who regained his form of late, Faf du Plessis, their stand out batsman, Sam Curran, impressive in his all-rounder role, and Dwayne Bravo, who recently came out to play in the IPL 2020 after missing a few matches due to a knee injury that he picked up in the CPL 2020. But they do not have any back up for either Watson or Faf. If one of them got injured or jaded after playing continuously, CSK do not have a support player. They might just eye Miller, a flexible batsman who can open the innings or play in the middle overs, who can bring in that dimension.
Dale Steyn (Royal Challengers Bangalore–> Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab)
Steyn looked off colour in the two matches he played before getting replaced by Isuru Udana in the 11. He had retained some of his old pace but line and length were far from satisfactory. Steyn, perhaps, could do with a change of team and personnel.
If RCB are willing to off-load in him mid-season transfer, then Royals could eye him. Yes, he is not the Steyn of the old. But they might want another experience pacer in the line-up to back up Jofra Archer. They have Oshane Thomas and Andrew Tye as well but they might just go for Steyn’s experience. Kings XI too could show an appetite for Steyn’s experience considering their woeful shortage of bowling options.