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4 Players whose performances improved tremendously after playing for a new franchise in IPL 2020

November 18, 2020

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During the IPL 2020 auction held in Kolkata, a whopping 332 players were on sale, and franchises bought a total of 62 players. Throughout the course of the auction, 11 players had been transferred by franchises.

Although some buys did not provide value worth the cost, some players stood out amongst the crowd. Below is a list of 5 players who were a class apart from their counterparts this season:

1. Varun Chakravarthy

KXIP bought Varun Chakravarthy back in 2018 at a mammoth 8 cr. However, the spinner provided no value, bowling only a meager 3 overs in the entire season. With such a dismal performance, Chakravarthy was bound to depart.

After KKR won the bidding war for Varun against RCB, his IPL career took a U-turn. He bagged an impressive 17 wickets in 13 games. He was also the only bowler to take a 5 wicket haul this season against Delhi Capitals. Because of his heroics, he received a maiden-call up from the Indian team. However, he has been ruled out as he is injured.

2. Sam Curran

Bought by KXIP in 2019, Sam Curran got off to a decent start. However, things turned against his favor due to his inconsistency. He started conceding more than 10 runs every over and got only 10 wickets in the season. Owing to this, KXIP let him go.

CSK bought Curran at 5.5 cr in IPL 2020. This time, however, he did not disappoint. He was one of CSK’s most consistent performers, starting every match of the season. Curran managed to hit 186 runs in 11 matches. He also bowled well, picking up 13 wickets in total. Most importantly, his economy had reduced to just over 8 runs/over.

3. Marcus Stoinis

First representing RCB, Marcus Stoinis managed to score 211 runs in 10 matches. However, he only picked up 3 wickets, performing way below expectations. Consequently, he left RCB.

Delhi Capitals bagged Stoinis for 4.8 cr in IPL 2020, and he was worth every penny. The Aussie all-rounder started every match, hitting 352 runs with a terrific strike rate of 148.52. He also picked up 13 wickets in the process, proving just how invaluable he is.

4. Chris Morris

Delhi Capitals acquired Morris in 2016. After a good couple of seasons with the franchise, things started going awry. Morris played only 4 games in the 2018 season, picking up 3 wickets in total. In the 2019 season, Morris tried to make a comeback, picking up 9 wickets in 13 games. However, his awful economy of more than 9 runs an over confirmed his departure from DC.

RCB bought Morris at 10 cr in the next season. Even though he was injured for some time, Morris managed to pick up 11 wickets in just 9 games. The best part was that his economy improved remarkably, reducing to just 6.6, which is outstanding for the T20 format.

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