The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a melting pot where people from different cultures and with different understanding of the game come together for a simple motive of lifting the trophy at the end of the season. The best brains in the business are attracted to the IPL and teams spend tireless hours trying to get the combinations and the composition of the teams spot on.
The first challenge for the backroom staff is to nail their auction strategy. Player auctions are often pretty tricky. The team spends a lot of hours trying to build their auction strategy and sometimes these strategies can go out of the window with just the first player at the auction. More often than not, teams overload their squad with unnecessary players just to keep a cover for injuries and some of those players never get an opportunity to showcase their skills to the cricket lovers out there.
In today’s blog, we’ll look at the top five cricketers who excelled in the tournament after getting the right switch by going to a team who was willing to give them an opportunity and believed in the skills they brought on the cricket field. A heads up to the Royal Challengers Bangalore fans out there, this will be the right time to look away!
(Royal Challengers Bangalore to Kings XI Punjab)
When you talk about the top five cricketers in T20 cricket, KL Rahul’s name definitely comes to the table for this debate. This is a move which is impossible to understand for RCB supporters out there. KL Rahul was amongst the top batsman the team had in 2016, where his average and strike rate were brilliant. As for 2017, he missed the entire season because of injury. In 2018, Bangalore let him go and Punjab quickly snapped him up. It seemed like the obvious move to do as he had broken into the Indian team and was emerging as one of the finest T20 batsmen in the country. The past two seasons have been exceptional for Rahul on a personal level and now he has been handed the captaincy of the team. The fans of the team have their hopes pinned on this man as the team will look to go for their maiden IPL trophy.
(Mumbai Indians to Kings XI Punjab)
The million-dollar baby of the Mumbai Indians, Glenn Maxwell never actually got an opportunity to show what he is capable of doing on a cricket field at the Wankhede. He was bought by the Mumbai Indians in 2012 before he was a mainstay in Australian cricket and played just five matches for them in two years. He was sent back into the auction and in 2014, Kings XI Punjab took a gamble on the ‘Big Show’. He delivered wonders for them in the 2014 edition and ended the season as the third-highest run-getter of the tournament. Due to Maxi’s exploits, the Kings reached their very first final of the IPL and till date, that remains as the only final they have featured in. Cut to 2020, Maxwell is back with Punjab and the IPL is back to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Time to repeat the 2014 campaign? Preity Zinta and Co. will be hoping so.
(Royal Challengers Bangalore to Chennai Super Kings)
In 2016, Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He had two disastrous seasons at the Chinnaswamy in 2016 and 2017. In his first season with the RCB, he contributed way more with the ball than with the bat. 2017 was a major low for Watson and it looked like his twin brother was taking the field in place of him. RCB released him for the 2018 season and he went further down south to Chennai Super Kings. CSK was making a comeback into the IPL after a two-year hiatus and Watto led the resurgence with the bat. He single-handedly won the final of the 2018 IPL and his crucial century meant that he was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’.
QUINTON DE KOCK
(Royal Challengers Bangalore to Mumbai Indians)
After playing for the Delhi Daredevils between 2014 to 2016, Quinton de Kock joined RCB for 2.8 crores in 2018. His time at Bangalore didn’t go as planned. The South African wicketkeeper-batsman managed to score only 201 runs from 8 matches in the tournament as RCB finished sixth in the table. De Kock was traded to the Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2019 auction and he enjoyed success immediately. In his maiden season in the blue jersey of Mumbai, De Kock scored 529 runs from just 16 matches and went on to lift the IPL trophy.
(Mumbai Indians to Royal Challengers Bangalore)
This is the only business Bangalore fans would be happy about in their thirteen years in the IPL. Yuzvendra Chahal became a part of the Mumbai Indians squad in 2011 but he didn’t play his first match in the tournament till 2013. With just the experience of one match with the Mumbai Indians, Chahal was picked up by RCB in 2014. It immediately clicked and seemed like a match made in heaven. He has been an integral part of the RCB and Indian white-ball squad ever since and went on to take 20 plus wickets in 2015 and 2016. He has gone on to become Virat Kohli’s go-to-man in the middle overs to pick up crucial wickets. He has picked up 100 wickets in the IPL so far.
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