While the 2021 IPL auction is not far off, IPL franchises are keeping a close eye on some constant performers in recent cricket matches, particularly in T20 cricket. 32-year-old English cricketer Alex Hales may be one of those special cricketers.
Although Hales has not played an international game since March 2019, he performs impressively in the many T20 leagues. Looking at its latest performance in the current BBL 2020/21, some IPL teams may be targeting it to buy in the 2021 IPL auction.
Although he was selected for the 2019 ICC Cricket World CupAlex Hales was subsequently removed from his post following a ban on recreational drug use. He has not yet returned to the England cricket team since. However, he now uses most of the chances and recently impressed in the BBL 10, serving for Sydney Thunder.
Alex Hales is one of the most successful drummers in the 2020/21 BBL. The England right-handed batsman has scored 535 points in 14 games of this tournament with an average of 41.15 and a strike rate of 163.60. At the end of the league stage of this tournament, Hales finished as the top scorer in the race, which hit a century and three half centuries. In fact, since the start of the 2020 calendar year, Hales has been the top scorer in men’s T20 cricket.
Some IPL franchises will be very happy to see this awesome Alex Hales stick form as they are looking for good opening or top notch batsmen. Furthermore, he served for SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 2018 IPL, where he scored 148 points in six matches, including his best score of 45 points. So, if it is available in the IPL 2021 auction, it may get strong bids from at least some franchises.
IPL 2021 auction: 3 teams that can cause a bidding war for Alex Hales
Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Recently, the Rajasthan Royals released some of their big foreign players. They’ll be looking for good, top-notch drummers at the 2021 IPL auction and Alex Hales may be one of their most important names on this list.
Rajasthan Royals has already released the Australian star Steven smith. During IPL 2020, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler mainly took care of the first batting tasks for this team, with Smith, Robin Uthappa and youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal in occasional cases. Although Stokes performed really well in the opening of this tournament, his presence in the middle order will strengthen the Rajasthan Royals’ batting lineup. That’s why the franchise can make a strong bid for fit Alex Hales.