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Nicholas Pooran could attract big bucks in the upcoming IPL auctions

HIGHLIGHTS

⚬ Nicholas Pooran had a stellar CPL where he amassed 267 runs.

⚬ He carried on his form in the series against India and in the T10 League.

⚬ Teams could bid for the player in the IPL auctions due to his big-hitting skills. 


With players like Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Keiron Pollard in their ranks, the West Indies are feared for producing a number of big hitters and game-changers especially in the shortest format of the game. The newest addition to this ever-increasing list of dangerous players from the nation is Nicholas Pooran, who had set the Caribbean Premier League on fire earlier this year. After smashing 267 runs in 10 games for Barbados Tridents at a strike-rate of 144.32, Pooran was selected to tour India, where he scored an unbeaten 53 in the last T20I off just 25 deliveries.  

The 23-year-old looked at ease against Bhuvneshwar Kumar and was hardly troubled by the slower deliveries as well, as he struck 4 boundaries and 4 sixes in his stay at the crease at Chennai.

The player was then selected to play for the Northern Warriors in the T10 league, a format where only the biggest hitters of the ball excel in. Pooran ended the tournament as the highest run-scorer in the league, amassing 324 runs in 9 innings, with a high score of 77. More importantly, he smashed his runs at a jaw-dropping strike-rate of 245.45, averaging an impressive 54. The strike-rate was the highest for any player who had accumulated at least 130 runs in the tournament.

With the ability to go for the big hits from the very start and the temperament to keep his nerves when the bowler is in fine rhythm, Pooran has marked himself as a special talent and it would not be surprising to see him caught in a bidding war once the IPL auction commences later this month.

Also Read: Six Players and Their Fate In IPL 2019

 

Teams that could bid for Pooran

Sunrisers Hyderabad – The runners-up in IPL 2018 have a strong top-order, which will be bolstered further by the return of David Warner in the next edition of the IPL. However, they had an inconsistent middle-order, with players like Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, and Deepak Hooda failing to leave a mark. Wriddhiman Saha has been released by the franchise and with players like Warner and Kane Williamson possibly leaving the IPL mid-way for the World Cup preparations, SRH could bid for Pooran, who will not only be available for the whole season (it is unlikely he will play the World Cup) and who will strengthen the middle-order as well.

Royal Challengers Bangalore – RCB’s woes have always stemmed from the middle-order. Though they pack a punch up front with the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers leading the way, the players coming in at 4, 5 and 6 have often been guilty of wasting away the momentum that the side had gained.

This season, they were undone by the poor form of Sarfraz Khan (who has been released), Moeen Ali, Corey Anderson, Mandeep Singh, and Colin de Grandhomme and bringing the young West Indian star on board could just work in their favor.

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