The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) is slated to get underway from September 19. Every year, the Indian Premier League produces some mouthwatering contest and all-rounders shoulder the responsibilities of overturning fortunes in their franchise’s favour.
All-rounders always play a very crucial role in a cricket match. In IPL history, we have experienced how the all-rounders play strong effective roles for their team.
In this feature, we look ahead at those 5 all-rounders who will be gold dust for their respective sides and to watch out for in IPL 2020. It is a well-known fact that if a team possess a quality all-rounder the entire balance of the side gets a notch higher.
Andre Russel (Kolkata Knight Riders)
When Andre Russell takes a strike in a T20 match it is one of the scariest sights for any opposition time. The big man from Jamaica is a colossal T20 player that has entertained everyone in his IPL career. KKR like every other year will again bank on their superstar all-rounder to deliver the goods yet again.
The defending champion of IPL ‘MVP’ award, Russell just knows how to take his team home during a tense T20 match. He is one of those players that you just can’t keep out of the game. Time and time again he has produced breathtaking performances for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
This year Russell would be eyeing that elusive IPL crown that he still has to win. Get ready UAE there’s a Russell storm about to hit from next month in the IPL.
Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians)
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya hasn’t played a recognised cricket match since last September due to the back surgery. Though he returned to the game during India’s last international series against South Africa at home in last March, they didn’t play a single ball due to the rain washout and later postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.
So, the Indian cricket fans will put a keen eye on Hardik’s performances during the IPL 2020. In the last year, he played vital roles for the Mumbai Indians to win the IPL trophy as the right-handed batsman scored 402 runs (average 44.66; strike-rate 191.42) and right-arm pacer took 14 wickets in 16 matches.
In his IPL career, Hardik has played 66 matches where he has scored 1068 runs (average 28.86; strike-rate 154.78) and also got 42 wickets.
3. Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals)
The crown in the jewel of the Rajasthan Royals, Ben Stokes is arguably the game’s greatest all-rounder today. The 29-year-old has been scintillating form since the last year as he has helped England win miraculous games from impossible situations.
A wicket-taker, natural match-winner with the willow in hand and a freak fielder, Stokes is indeed a complete all-rounder. Rajasthan Royals wants Stokes to be on song throughout IPL 2020 as that will make a huge difference to their side this season.
It goes without saying that Stokes will garner attention whenever he plays in IPL 2020 as he is coming into the tournament on the back massive performances in international cricket.
Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai Super Kings)
The spinning all-rounder of Chennai Super Kings will be an indispensable cog for the franchise on those spinning surfaces in the UAE. Jadeja is at his best when the pitch grips a little and he is able to complete his quota of overs in no time. The 31-year-old will be one of the star all-rounders that everyone will have their keen eye on during IPL 2020.
Jadeja has also evolved immensely as a batsman in the last few years. He has shown his class in difficult situations and led the CSK charge with the bat in hand. On top of that Jadeja is a gun fielder which will end up saving several runs in the field.
A true three-dimensional cricketer Jaddu is currently at the peak of his powers and will be looking to win matches for his successful franchise from next month.
Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab)
While the UAE hosted the first half of the IPL 2014, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) cricketer Glenn Maxwell was the most successful batsman in that part as he scored 300 runs in just five matches (average 60.00), including three fifties. He finished that IPL tournament as the third most run-scorer (552 runs) while his team finished as the runners-up, their best IPL results till the date. Maxwell won the Most Valuable Player award in that IPL edition.
While Maxwell has returned for the KXIP for the IPL 2020, the franchise is expecting the similar magic in the forthcoming IPL season. After playing 69 IPL matches, Maxwell has scored 1397 runs (average 22.90; strike-rate 161.13) and bagged 16 wickets. Also, we can’t forget his incredible fielding efforts in any situation.