So here we are again with the rest of the batsmen we look forward to in the IPL2020. (Refer to our previous Top Batsmen Part 1 article to know who are the ten batsmen we have already spoken about. )
Retained wisely by the Delhi Capitals, Shreyas has qualities to justify his position as the youngest captain. His confidence, neat hitting and impressive strike rate shows the promise he lives up to as a batsman. His batting has improved a lot from the IPL2019 matches to the latest T20 matches against New Zealand.
The “Five sixes in Five balls” fame boy from the Ranji Trophy 2019, Shivam Dube shows sparks of cool hitting and bowling. He has a long way to go and unveil himself for RCB.
The undisputed naturally gifted king of batsmen, Rohit Sharma is the best in the world with his records in T20, ODI cricket and World Cup 2019. The more we speak of him, the lesser it is – he has maintained a strike rate of 120+ for the last ten seasons of IPL!
Having the opportunity of being the youngest player to open in IPL, Prithvi Shaw is yet to live up to his reputation. He shares Tendulkar’s record of scoring a debut century in both Ranjhi and Duleep Trophy. Hoping to see him going blazing guns this season.
He was the top scorer of U-19 matches for India making him a hot pick in the IPL auction 2018. He has shown his brilliance in IPL2019 and has rightly earned the praise of many cricket pundits. Elegant batting and confidence has earned him a permanent top order batsman spot for the KKR.
Once a fiery batsman, he had lost his sparks for a while but is now on the path of return. He may not be a hard hitter in the recent but being an all rounder he can make useful contributions in the middle order.
Someone who can play under pressure, Hardik Pandya has risen to fame quite quickly. He makes for a great middle order batsman (all-rounder). Hitting the fastest fifty last year in the IPL against KKR, the only doubt we have is that he has just recovered from a back operation. Is he up for it in IPL2020 is yet to be seen.
An extremely impressive wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Panth is fresh in our memory from IPL2019. His match finishing innings for DC showed the immense talent he has, but here’s wishing more consistency from him as he plays the risky shots quite early.
He has been an enigma! We never seem to know when he is going to be exceptional. His performance is outstanding overseas, and when he is in form he is completely unstoppable. Having him is definitely an asset but owing to an injury, he is sure to miss the first half of the IPL2020.
World no.1 ranked batsman, Steve Smith is as good as Virat Kohli . He has similar live-wire presence on the field and has raised everyone’s hope for RR to do better in IPL2020. His performance here is also crucial for him to earn his spot in his national team (post ban), so the motivation is very high – so are the chances of seeing some very good batting from him.
Now with Delhi Capitals, Hetmyer is a “strokeful” and brave batsman. Another player from the Caribbean – A batsman of the future for West Indies, he captured the hearts of Indians with his ability to hit sixes easily. He was up for grabs for any cost by Delhi Capitals in the auction in 2019 (was released by RCB as he did not live up to their expectations).
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Almost synonymous to CSK, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been the backbone of CSK. Though this hard hitting and powerful stroke master is on the wane, being back from a sabbatical might just unleash the powerhouse player in him. Here’s looking for an eventful innings from Dhoni!
An acclaimed all-rounder who has risen to fame for scoring maximum runs in the death overs, this lower order batsman has a mind boggling strike rate! He is sure to put up some spectacular performance in IPL2020 (if you remember how he stole the match away from RCB in IPL2019)!
We are sure there could be someone else on your mind to add to this list. Well, that is the kind of amazing chaos that an abundance of talent might create!
Signing off, just to catch you later with another interesting aspect of IPL2020.