IPL 2019: 3 teams that should eye Alex Hales in the auction

Hales is one of the prominent faces in T20 cricket and will expect teams to pay big for him on December 18.

Alex Hales of SRH
Sunrisers Hyderabad Alex Hales. (Photo by IANS)

The franchises for the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) recently released the complete list of retained and expelled players. All the teams, as the list suggests, are changing considerably from the last season, and will look to strike that perfect balance by picking useful players on the day of the auction, i.e., December 18.

One thing that will surely be in the minds of the franchise owners will be to get a hand on Alex Hales, the explosive English batsman. He has shown his destructive abilities on many occasions in the past, both in the international circuit as well as at the domestic level.

The 29-year-old’s most memorable T20 knock came against Sri Lanka a few years ago, in the World T20, when he scored a scintillating century and helped his team get over the line from an impossible position. Any IPL franchise that manages to add Hales to its arsenal will consider itself lucky.

Here are three teams, we think, should target Alex Hales in the upcoming auction:

3. Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

Some may think, the Knights aren’t short of explosive batsmen, with the likes of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine in the team. But the fact still remains that a top-level team can just not afford to depend on a part-time batsman to provide it with firepower. Narine is not a proper opening batsman, or even simply a proper batsman in the first place, so gambling with him again might give KKR the results they won’t want.

Hales’ addition to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) camp can have a huge impact on the tournament. The opening pair of Lynn and Hales can wreak havoc in all conditions, against all teams, without a shadow of doubt. So, it won’t be surprising if we see the Knights pushing their limits with the budget at the auction when Hales goes under the hammer.

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