5 Benched players who should get chances in the fourth week

These players aren’t short of class and can be handy additions for their respective franchises.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. (Photo: IANS)

It’s been three weeks that the much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) has hit the floors under strict health protocols in the United Arab Emirates. From nail-biting finishes to high-score drama, many enthralling events have unfolded in front of the eyes of the eternal fans of the game.

With no team winning all their matches till now, it is crystal clear that the 13th edition of the IPL caters a unique enigma altogether. Justifying why the IPL is one of the most competitive cricket tournaments in the world, players appear to have decided not to drop their shoulders till the last ball of the game.

It was a week that was dominated by the budding youngsters who left no stones unturned to sail their team’s boat in the direction of victory. Moreover, their efforts were lauded across the sporting globe even though the team could not cross the winning boundary.

Members of this extravagant club are the likes Rahul Tripathi who lived up to the billing with the bat and Ravi Bishnoi with the ball. As the cricketing carnival trickers into the fourth week ever since its commencement, this article sheds light on the names of those stalwarts who may feature in the playing eleven for their respective franchise.

Here is a list of players who can be handed an opportunity in the fourth week of IPL 2020:

1. Ajinkya Rahane- (Delhi Capitals)

Ajinkya Rahane RR IPL
Mohali: Rajasthan Royals’ Ajinkya Rahane in action. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The prolific batsman, who garnered heaps of praise for his remarkable 100 in a Test match against England at the iconic Lord’s, was traded by Delhi Capitals from Rajasthan Royals in the transfer season prior to IPL 2020 auction.

Without a shade of doubt, Rahane has myriad of skills under his sleeves to knock the opposition down single-handedly. Justifying his lucrative price is his extraordinary performance with the willow as the 32-year-old has bagged 3820 runs in 140 matches at a decent strike rate of 121.92.

The top-order decimator has not found his name in the playing XI till now owing to the consistent display of batting elegance by the vintage-duo Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan.

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