The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League [IPL] is all set to take place in the United Arab Emirates between September 19-November 10. The first game will see defending champions Mumbai Indians lock horns with the three-time winners and the most consistent side in the history of the competition in the form of Chennai Super Kings.
One of the hardest things to do while zeroing on the playing combination of an IPL side is the slotting of overseas cricketers. With only four places up for grabs and so many options to choose from, it often leads to some foreign cricketers [even celebrated ones sometimes] warm the bench for a majority of the season.
Here’s a look at five such overseas players who could warm the benched for the better part of the IPL 2020-
Josh Hazlewood- Chennai Super Kings
Josh Hazlewood is a mighty fine bowler and one of the first locks for any side in the long forms of the game. But the same cannot be said about T20 cricket. Hazlewood recently featured in a T20I for Australia for the first time since the 2016 T20 World Cup. The right-hander has played just 7 T20Is for Australia, claiming eight wickets at an economy rate of 9.60.
Hazlewood was picked by the Chennai Super Kings for a sum of Rs 2 Crore in the 2020 IPL auctions but it looks highly unlikely that he will get a chance to feature in the playing 11 [unless there is an injury] considering the fact that CSK has a strong contingent of overseas players like Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Sam Curran and Lungisani Ngidi.