The recently concluded season of BBL and Abu Dhabi T10 league has been an excellent stage for IPL teams to check out new talents who can be probable targets in the IPL 2021 auctions.
In this article we look at the five players from both the leagues IPL franchises could target in the upcoming auction.
One of the names that would certainly interest the franchises in the IPL 2021 auction- especially those who have struggled with their opening combination in the past- is the West Indian swashbuckler Evin Lewis.
The Caribbean batsman has looked in red-hot form, finishing the tournament as the third highest run scorer with 216 runs from 8 games at a staggering strike rate of 242.69.
Lewis, previously has represented the Mumbai Indians in the 2018 and 2019 seasons but he could not emulate his exploits of other leagues. He managed just 430 runs at an average of 26.88 and a strike-rate of 131.1 across two seasons and went unsold in the last auction. But given his current form, IPL teams would be eager to not miss out on a potential matchwinner in the upcoming auction.
The English batsman played 10 matches, scoring 265 runs at an average of 26.25 and strike rate of 113.73. Playing for Hobart Hurricanes, his highest score was 75. The World No.1 T20 batsman has listed his base price at Rs 1.5 crore instead of Rs 2 crore making him more probable to be picked up in the auction
Glenn Maxwell (Big Bash League)
Glenn Maxwell is one of those players who can single-handedly change the fortune of a match. The right-hander has scored 379 runs from 14 matches in the ongoing BBL 10 at an impressive strike rate of 143.56.
However, the dynamic all-rounder had struggled to fire in IPL season in 2020, enduring his worst ever season.
While KXIP could be lambasted for breaking the bank for Maxwell once again, the decision makes sense given team balance considerations. Maxwell showed his hitting form in the ODI series against India, and remains a big draw in international cricket – one can trust IPL franchises to hope against hope that 2021 is his return to form in the league.
Alex Hales (Big Bash League)
It is surprising to note that the IPL franchises have never shown faith in the talent possessed by England’s top-order batsman, Alex Hales. The right-handed batsman has done wonders in the shortest form of the game yet he has never made it big in the IPL.
Hales has been a part of Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL however, he went unsold in IPL Auction 2020 after setting a base price of 1.00 Crores. The 31-year-old seems to have taken that as a motivating force as he currently stands second in the ‘Top scorers’ list of BBL.
He finished as the top run scorer with 543 runs runs in 15 matches playing for the Sydney Thunder franchise. With an average of 38.78 and a magnificent strike rate of 151, Hales has decimated the opposition bowlers in BBL. He has slammed 54 fours and 30 sixes in the tourney.