Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden has opened up on the bowlers who could shine in the 2020 IPL. The 13th edition of the IPL is all set to begin from the 19th of this month as a vast number of international cricketers would be in action. Amongst those, Matthew Hayden has picked two fast bowlers and spinners to watch out for.
While the IPL has always been a batsmen-dominated tournament, a few bowlers have equally held their own in the competition. The extravaganza had bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Doug Bollinger, Dwayne Bravo, Bhuvneshwar Kumar while spinners in Amit Mishra, Yuvraj Singh, Adam Zampa, and Yuzvendra Chahal have also performed exceptionally well.
Matthew Hayden began by saying that experienced seam bowlers will always pose problems and stated that Bhuvneshwar Kumar would again have a significant impact as he has done previously. Kumar has won the purple cap in two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017. The Queensland-born proceeded to name Mumbai Indians’ Jasprit Bumrah, labelling him as one of the finest.
“I feel the experienced seam bowlers will always be a threat. Bhuvneshwar Kumar obviously has been incredible in the IPL. And from the Mumbai Indians point of view, who can go past one of the finest bowlers in world cricket, i.e. Jasprit Bumrah. I think he is as good as anyone on their day,” Hayden told in the Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
I think you have got a handful of spinners as well who can look to dominate the play: Matthew Hayden
Amongst spinners, Matthew Hayden named his first pick as Harbhajan Singh. Despite not playing a lot of cricket last year, the 103-Test veteran backed him to be a game-changer. He also named Ravindra Jadeja while also supporting some leg-spinners to be amongst the wickets.
“Even the old boys can do the job. I am thinking of guys like Harbhajan Singh, who didn’t play a lot of cricket last year but still a wily off-spinner who can have a go. Jadeja from CSK, some of the leggies as well who have got a big chance to get amongst the wickets this year,” the 48-year-old added.