We are already past a few weeks in the ongoing season of BBL and by now, experts and cricket fanatics would have got a hang of all the franchises, their strengths and weaknesses and the probable 4 who could make it to the next stage and go onto lift the trophy. Likewise, they would have watched every player participating in the competition and made their own presumption about their future, possible opportunities and landmark they could scale in their career ahead. Some of them would have even called out for players who could earn big at the IPL auction for 2021 season witnessing their eye-catching display in the current edition of BBL. In the below piece, we look at 5 such players participating in BBL 10 who could earn a contract for playing at IPL 2021:
1. Jack Wildermuth
This all-rounder playing for the Brisbane Heat impressed cricket watchers with his all-round display in the tour games against India. He has carried the same momentum into the league and has contributed in both the aspects of the game so far.
In 3 games so far, Wildermuth has smashed 40 runs at an average of 13.33 and an incredible strike rate of 166.67 and has also picked 5 wickets at an average of 14.20 and economy rate of 5.92.
Possessing a natural inclination towards bowling tight lines and lengths and striking cleanly coming lower down the order, Wildermuth has everything asked of a specialist all-rounder. It won’t be a surprise if he earns a big pay-cheque for featuring at the IPL and also his maiden call-up for Australia.
2. Riley Meredith
This tall bowler playing for Hobart Hurricanes has nothing but raw pace which could hurry the batsmen and rattle their stumps in no time. He has got a good bumper and bowls inch-perfect yorkers which is indeed a prerequisite for dominating in the shortest format of the game.
Meredith has scalped 4 wickets from 3 games at an average of 11.33 and economy rate of 4.7. The speedster is a handy prospect for teams who love operating with express quick bowlers and bounce off the batsmen.
Being a strike bowler who could rapidly clean up a tail, Meredith is sure to be in high demand in the upcoming auction, getting an opportunity to dismantle line-ups in the world’s most-followed league IPL 2021.
3. Olivier Davies
The 20-years old is just 2 games old in his BBL career but has already shown his brilliance with the bat, depositing the ball to far distances into the stands. He is equally adept against pace and spin and thus a useful prospect batting in the lower middle order.
Davies has plundered 84 runs at a mind-boggling strike rate of 186.67 and single-handedly changed the course of both the games with his aggressive, hard-hitting batting.
He could very well be used as a pinch-hitter, who could take the pressure off other quality batsmen, who take some time before launching the big hits. Davies is a potential asking-rate-killer and stress buster, who could turn the game on its head and help those IPL franchises, who have struggled for lack of proper run-rate.
4. Peter Hatzoglou
Leg-spinners are the need of the hour, especially in the shorter formats, who make run-scoring one heck of a task by taking the ball away from the hitting arc of the batsmen. Hatzoglou has been among the wickets for Melbourne Renegades scalping important batters at crucial junctures of a game.
The wrist-spinner has dismissed 6 batsmen from 3 games at an average of 17.80 and economy rate of 8.92. The slightly higher economy won’t matter much if he keeps providing vital breakthroughs and remains relevant in the fixture.
An IPL franchise looking for a wicket-taking leggie in the middle overs can rightly opt for Hatzoglou, who has shown enough promise and the required mental strength to make a comeback after being taken to the cleaners.
5. Ben McDermott
There is no doubt that McDermott is one of the powerful strikers of the cricket ball going around and once he hits, they stay hit! He is a good puller of the ball and has a predisposition for hitting over the square-leg boundary.
In the 3 encounters so far, McDermott has slammed 151 runs at an average of 75.50 and a blazing strike rate of 148.04 playing for the Hobart Hurricanes. His blitzkrieg has helped the Hurricanes in maintaining their place in the top 4 and advancing in the right direction as far as the race for the title is concerned.
His wicketkeeping abilities is an added benefit and IPL franchises can reap the desired fruits if they invest in such a mouth-watering prospect, who is not just a phenomenal player but a supreme leader in himself.