Dynamic opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore will enter the 2021 IPL auction himself after impressive performances with the bat in The Blast and the Abu Dhabi T10 League. Kohler-Cadmore is hitting 141.19 in 81 T20 games.
He sets the scene on fire in the T10 League – after 5 games, playing for the Pune Devils, the first game crushed 186 points to a strike rate of 204.39. Kohler-Cadmore has shown he starts his innings eagerly and doesn’t waste balls. The 26-year-old Yorkshireman is reportedly on teams’ radar looking for openers or saves for their top-choice openers.
IPL 2021 auction: 3 teams that can target Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Chennai Super Kings
The Chennai Super Kings have released Murali Vijay and Shane Watson has retired, therefore the three-time champions will be looking for an opener in the next auction. While Ruturaj Gaikwad is blocked for a first place, it is not guaranteed that Faf du Plessis will open the heats given the disappointing returns of Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni.
CSK management could go after Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who is likely to be sold at a low price since he is a lesser-known entity so far. The opener can play offensive shots and could be a good replacement for Watson and Vijay in the squad.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
While Devdutt Padikkal and Josh Philippe are certain to open the sleeves for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, it should be noted that both workers beat with a fairly low strike rate last season – the left-hander with 124 and the right-hander with 101 .
The Virat Kohli-led franchise has also offloaded Aaron Finch and Parthiv Patel retired – meaning they’ll want an aggressive first game in their ranks; Tom Kohler-Cadmore is a good alternative in case one of the prime forerunners is not available.
Kolkata knight horsemen
The Kolkata Knight Riders struggled to find a satisfactory opening partner for Shubman Gill in IPL 2020. Chris Lynn was dumped before IPL 2020 and Sunil Narine’s form with the bat dropped significantly.
The likes of Nikhil Naik, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi have shown no major reason to keep them on top – in the end, they have to move Nitish Rana from mid-order to the top. Therefore, since KKR let 3 opening contenders go, Brendon McCullum would like to have someone with flair and aggression at the top; qualities that Tom Kohler-Cadmore possesses.
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