As the IPL 2021 auction is not far away, the team management of each franchise is putting their close eyes in the recent cricket matches, especially in the shortest formats.
Abu Dhabi T10 2021 is one of these tournaments where the IPL franchises can observe closely to find out some talents who can handle the crucial late situations.
Abu Dhabi T10 2021 just ended on Saturday (6th February), where Northern Warriors won their second title after beating Delhi Bulls in the final of this tournament.
In this shortest cricket format, some players played really amazing cricket. It will be no shocker if some IPL franchises target them based on their recent performances in this tournament.
Here we are talking about the 5 Abu Dhabi T10 2021 stars who can cause a bidding war in the IPL 2021 auction
The 25-year-old all-rounder Fabian Allen was recently released by SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH). But the left-arm spinner played a huge role for Northern Warriors to win the Abu Dhabi T10 2021. He finished the tournament as the joint second-most wicket-taker as he picked up 11 wickets in 9 games, including one four-for.
Fabian Allen is also a strong performer as a batsman, whose T20 strike-rate is 159.21. He has scored 449 runs in 26 T20 innings, including two fifties.
Fabian Allen hasn’t made his IPL debut yet despite he was in the SRH squad in the last IPL squad. After his recent performances, some IPL team can strongly target him during the upcoming IPL 2021 auction.
The 26-year-old England right-arm fast bowler Jamie Overton finished as the leading wicket-taker in the Abu Dhabi T10 2021. Team Abu Dhabi pacer bagged 12 wickets in 9 matches during this tournament, including one four-wicket haul.
Moreover, Jamie Overton is also a handy batsman in the lower-order batting.
Some IPL franchises can strongly put the bid on him during the IPL 2021 auction to fulfil their overseas fast-bowling squads. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) etc. need some good fast bowlers.
Caribbean cricketer Lendl Simmons was one of the best batsmen in the Abu Dhabi T10 2021. In that tournament, Simmons scored 211 runs in 8 innings (average 70.33; strike-rate 151.79), including one half-century. He played a huge role for Northern Warriors to win this Abu Dhabi T10 season.
Simmons was also the leading run-scorer in the CPL 2020, where he scored 356 runs in 11 games, including three half-centuries. He was the hero in the CPL 2020 final as his unbeaten 84 helped Trinbago Knight Riders to win the final comfortably.
Simmons has played 29 IPL matches, where he has scored 1079 runs, including one century and 11 half-centuries. He served for Mumbai Indians between 2014 and 2017. Even, he was the third most run-scorer in the IPL 2015 where he scored 540 runs in 13 matches.
While Simmons has some powerful IPL records, his recent performances are also very strong. So, there is a great chance that some teams may put strong bids for him in the IPL 2021 auction.
The 29-year-old Caribbean cricketer Evin Lewis highly impressed in the Abu Dhabi T10 2021. He finished as the third most run-scorer by scoring 216 runs in 8 innings (average 54.00; strike-rate 242.69), including one half-century. He played a vital role for the runners-up Delhi Bulls in this Abu Dhabi T10 season, where he scored a total of four 30s.
Earlier, in the CPL 2020, Evin Lewis was also a top performer where he finished as the sixth most run-scorer by scoring 235 runs in 10 games.
Evin Lewis has already experienced IPL in 2018 and 2019 seasons, serving for Mumbai Indians (MI). In the IPL 2018, he was the second most run-scorer for Mumbai Indians (382 runs in 13 innings). In overall, he scored 430 runs in 16 IPL matches.
In the IPL 2020 auction, Evin Lewis was unsold. But due to his present form, Lewis can get high demand in the IPL 2021 auction.
Ireland star Paul Stirling is currently in a dangerous form with the bat. After batting superbly in the back-to-back ODI series in UAE (against UAE and Afghanistan), where the right-handed batsman three centuries (including two centuries in the last two ODIs), Stirling scored 209 runs in 9 innings (average 26.12; strike-rate 229.67) in the latest Abu Dhabi T10 season. Playing for Team Abu Dhabi, he hit one half-century in this tournament (64 not out against Bangla Tigers).
The 30-year-old experienced cricketer Paul Stirling is now a dangerous opening batsman, who is enjoying a great form with the bat.
In the IPL 2021 auction, if Paul Stirling remains available, he can get huge demand, especially for the overseas opening batting choices.