The ongoing season of the Indian Premier League(IPL) has lived up to the expectations in the United Arab Emirates. The first half of the group stage fixtures have come to a close. As things stand, Delhi Capitals are topping the table while Mumbai Indians are placed second.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders are placed third and fourth respectively. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Kings XI Punjab follow next on the list. Even now, all the eight teams have a pretty good chance of making it to the playoffs.
It will be interesting to see which four teams qualify for the playoffs this season. Meanwhile, the mid-season transfer process of IPL got kick-started on Tuesday. The transfer window activated after all the franchises played 7 fixtures each.
Players who haven’t played more than two games are eligible for mid-season transfer. Let’s take a look at the 5 overseas players who will be a great pick for franchises in the IPL mid-season transfer.
1. Chris Lynn
Chris Lynn is one of the explosive batsmen in the game of cricket. He is a perfect T20 material and has often impressed the fans with his batting exploits in the truncated version of the game.
Mumbai Indians roped Lynn in the 2020 IPL auctions for his base price of Rs 2 crores. Mumbai Indians played 7 games so far in their campaign and haven’t given even a single chance for Chris Lynn to play this season.
With Lynn not getting game time, he might be a great pick for teams who are looking for an explosive opener in the ongoing mid-transfer window. Lynn’s record in the shortest format speaks volumes. Having played 41 IPL matches, he scored 1280 runs at an impressive strike-rate of 140.65 with 10 half-centuries to his name.
2. Jason Holder
It was indeed sad that world-class all-rounder Jason Holder was not picked by any franchise during the mega IPL 2020 auction. However, 2016 IPL champions Sunrisers Hyderabad showed interest in the West Indies skipper.
Jason Holder was called in as the replacement after Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh injured his ankle during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 21. Holder will be looking forward to a fresh journey ahead this season.
Holder has only played 11 games so far in the Indian Premier League. Earlier, Holder had played for Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. He scored 38 runs and took 5 wickets.
3. Daniel Sams
Daniel Richard Sams is another overseas player who is yet to feature in the Indian Premier League 2020 season so far. Delhi Capitals roped Daniel Sams as a replacement for England opener Jason Roy. Roy backed out of this season’s IPL due to personal reasons.
Sams was one of the stand-out performers in the last season of the Big Bash League. With subtle bowling variations of good line and length, the left-arm medium-fast bowler impressed the fans.
He was the leading wicket-taker in that season where he bagged 30 wickets in 17 games. The Australian prospect would be a valuable pick for franchisees who are looking for new faces in the IPL 2020 mid-season transfer.
4. Oshane Thomas
West Indies international pacer Oshane Thomas has been warming the bench in all the games so far in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. Rajasthan Royals have played eight games so far in their campaign and the Caribbean fast bowler is yet to feature in the playing XI.
Even in the previous edition of the IPL, he was featured only in a limited number of games. In IPL 2019, Oshane Thomas played four games in IPL for Rajasthan Royals (RR) where he accounted for five wickets. Ahead of this season’s auction, the pacer was retained by the one-time IPL champions.
5. Chris Green
Chris Green is a potential off-spinner by trait. The Australian was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders at the mega IPL 2020 auction at his base price of Rs 20 lakh. However, the Australia off-spinner didn’t announce his arrival.
Kolkata Knight Riders have played as many as seven games so far. But the 27-year-old Aussie spinner was not featured in the playing XI so far in the United Arab Emirates. Green has pretty good experience in playing the truncated version of the game.
He has featured in 93 T20 games wherein he has accounted for 74 dismissals. As he is not getting game time to play for KKR, he would be a valuable pick for the teams in the mid-season transfer window.