The Indian Premier League 2020 is almost done with its group stage and the tournament has witnessed some outstanding performances in all aspects of the game. However, there have been some players who have been outstanding for their respective franchises in the ongoing edition of the cash-rich league and they will be on the priority list of all eight teams in IPL 2021 auction.
Here we take a look at the top five players who, if available, will be high on demand in IPL 2021 auction:
SuryaKumar Yadav: Mumbai Indians’ batsman Suryakumar Yadav is rapidly building his stature as a vital cog of the defending champions’ line-up with his dynamic batting. His outrageous range of shots has been a headache for oppositions and a game-changer for MI.
Apart from winning games for Mumbai, SuryaKumar has been consistent with the bat – having scored 374 runs in 13 games at a whopping strike rate of 153.27. He also has the most runs (1922) in the IPL by an uncapped Indian player.
If MI decides to release the 30-year-old batsman ahead of IPL 2021 auction, which is highly unlikely, then there will be a bidding war among all the franchises to acquire his services.
Devdutt Padikkal: Padikkal was with Royal Challengers Bangalore the year before, but did not get to play a single game as he watched his team crumble from the sidelines. This time around, he has been at the forefront of RCB’s success, scoring 422 runs from 13 IPL 2020 matches, next only to captain Virat Kohli.
In the process, the 20-year-old became the only player in IPL history to score three fifties in his first four games. Moreover, in his last game, Padikkal created history by becoming the fastest Indian to complete 1000 T20 runs thus breaking the previous record of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
The youngster completed his 1000 T20 runs in just 25 T20 innings while the ‘Master Blaster’ took 31 T20 innings to complete 1000 T20 runs.
Overall, Padikkal became the fourth-fastest batsman to achieve the feat. In the record of fastest to 1000 T20 runs, he is only behind of Australian cricketers Brad Hodge, Shaun Marsh and Matthew Hayden.
Varun Chakravarthy: Kings XI Punjab released Chakravarthy ahead of the IPL 2020 auction and they will be regretting it now as the leg-break bowler, who is currently the part of KKR, has been in tremendous form in the ongoing season. The 29-year-old made headlines while playing against Delhi Capitals as he bagged the first five-wicket haul in IPL 2020.
Overall, Varun has bagged 17 wickets in 13 games at an impressive economy rate of 6.84.
Owing to his superb performance in IPL 13, the spinner earned a maiden call-up for India’s T20I squad for the upcoming tour of Australia.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: From battling against coronavirus to scoring three back-to-back fifties, Ruturaj came a long way in IPL 2020.
The Maharashtra-born cricketer has all the shots and his style of play is pleasing to the eye. However, things did not look bright for him after he failed in his first three innings (0, 5, 0) but in his last three games, Gaikwad has scored 199 runs ( 65 against RCB, 72 against KKR, 62 against KXIP).
In the process, the 23-year-old became the 1st uncapped Indian to score three consecutive half-centuries in IPL.
If somehow, CSK decide to release Gaikwad for next IPL, then the opener will see franchises fighting it out in IPL 2021 auction to get him on board.
Chris Gayle: Kings XI Punjab batsman Chris Gayle failed to find a place in the playing XI in the first half of IPL 2020 due to several reasons.
However, the ‘Universe Boss’ was at his lethal best when he finally got the chance to play. In just seven games, Gayle scored 288 runs which included three fifties. He also missed a century by a whisker as he got out on 99 against Rajasthan Royals.
Moreover, after his return, KXIP, who registered just a win in their opening six games, won five of their next seven matches which shows how impactful the Windies player is.
Gayle might be 41-years-old but he is just like a fine wine thus getting better with age.
The Jamaican is arguably the best T20 player given his numerous records in the shortest format of the game. The bottom line is that he still got everything that a team requires from a batsman in T20 cricket and if he’s available in the IPL 14 auction then he will attract several bids from the franchises.