After being freed by the Indians of Mumbai, Australian point guard James Pattinson is set to go under the hammer in the 2021 IPL auction.
Pattinson may have been released by MI but it wasn’t like he had a regular 2020 season. He played in 10 games for the Mumbai Indians in the last IPL season. He did well with 11 wickets for an average of 29.09.
And, so don’t be surprised if the franchises go all out for its services at the next auction.
Here’s a look at 3 teams that could pick James Pattinson in the 2021 IPL auction:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
After releasing a whole slew of players from their 2020 squad, the RCB led by Virat Kohli will once again embark on a buying spree at the upcoming IPL 2021 auction.
And, having given up on Chris Morris, Isuru Udana and with Dale Steyn retiring from the season, RCB will look to bolster their squad with some fast overseas bowling rookies.
RCB currently only has Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson and Navdeep Saini in their fast bowling reserves, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t do everything to take advantage of James Pattinson’s services.
Pattinson played 10 games for the Mumbai Indians in the last IPL season. He did well, claiming 11 wickets at an average of 29.09. While his economy of 9.01 is high, the Aussie is a real wicket-taker, especially in the power play.
RCB has up to Rs 35.9 crore to pay to fill 13 available slots. Expect them to go out of their way for the Australian pacemaker.
Kings XI Punjab
Intermediate issues aside, the Kings XI Punjab’s main concern was the performance of their fast bowlers.
While Mohammed Shami remains largely consistent throughout the season, Sheldon Cottrell’s lack of input forced KXIP to turn to Chris Jordan – a death over specialist – in the first ten overs, where he struggled. .
If KXIP can benefit from the services of James Pattinson, then the opening combination of Mohammed Shami and the first during the power play could turn out to be a match win for the franchise led by KL Rahul.
KXIP has the highest purse (Rs 53.2 crore) to fork out in the 2021 IPL auctions compared to other franchises, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t go all out for the Australian Stimulator.
Royals of Rajasthan
Much like Kings XI Punjab, the main issue that hampered the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020 was that, with the exception of Jofra Archer, they simply did not have fast bowlers, who could give consistency to their bowling arsenal. quick.
The likes of Tom Curran, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, and Varun Aaron failed to create any kind of impact, which led to all the pressure Jofra created to be undone.
The Royals have freed Steve Smith, Tom Curran and Oshane Thomas from their 2020 squad, so they have three places abroad to fill the auction. And, for that, they have the third highest purse (Rs 34.85 Crores).
If they do everything for James Pattinson and end up grabbing his services, they’ll end up having a perfect match for Jofra Archer.
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