The IPL 2020 is now only a few of days away. Often in IPL, we have seen that plenty of excellent quality cricketers remain underutilized, by just sitting on the bench for the entire season.
A real example is within the Mumbai Indians where Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, and Quinton de Kock are the only openers and means the opposite young players have definitely no chance of showcasing their talent as an opener batsman. Whereas, during a team like Royal Challengers Bangalore, such a young opener features an honest chance to excel as RCB have always struggled with their opening pair.
Just because it is vital to possess a check on all the underutilized cricketers like in previous editions of the IPL, many bright talented sportsmen were just sitting on the bench for all season.
Let's have a look at a few of underutilized cricketers:
1. Ruturaj Gaikwad:
Ruturaj Gaikwad was selected up by the Chennai Super Kings selectors with a base price of Rs 20 Lakh as he was the simplest run-scorer for Maharashtra within the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. But, since CSK has enough opening players like Murali Vijay, Du Plessis, Shane Watson, Gaikwad didn’t get one chance to feature within the IPL tournament. For him to urge opportunities, some selectors from teams like RCB can try him as an option for a gap combination.
2. Martin Guptill:
He is one among the foremost brilliant players within the sport anyone has ever witnessed. He was the leading run-scorer in T20 Internationals but, it had been surprising to determine no selector takes interest in buying him at the IPL auction within the primary 11 seasons. Many selectors have questioned his gameplay against spinners, but he has proved that he's equally effective against slow bowlers. Having played excellent cricket in other T20 leagues, Guptill is that one player whom the selectors have missed capitalizing on.
3. Hashim Amla:
The only most underrated player in limited-overs format within the last decade is certainly Hashim Amla. When he came in as a replacement for Punjab, his impact was evident as he scored twin centuries in 2017 - a record previously held by Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle only. But he went unsold within subsequent two auctions. trying to seek out attention of selectors, franchises have missed a consistent run-scorer over the years.
4. Anukul Roy:
The left-arm spinner gave an account of his skills when he played a crucial 45-ball 33 against Pakistan within the semi-finals. With 14 wickets in six games at a mean of 9.07, Anukul was the joint-leading wicket-taker within the planet Cup. Roy was snapped up by Mumbai Indians but with the 4-time champions already consisting of Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya, Jayant Yadav, and Mayank Markande, he managed to play just a solitary game.
There are tons many such cricketers who haven't been utilized properly as they need high skillset but thanks to high competition within the field, it becomes very difficult for them to showcase their talent to the selectors and gain their attention.