Kesrick Williams may have scalped 41 wickets in 24 T20Is at 17.65 but he only made an impact on the Indian audience after dismissing Virat Kohli in the recently concluded T20I series. The right-arm pacer has also attracted the interest of IPL franchises as Williams is on the list of shortlisted players for the IPL 2020 auction which takes place on December 19.
Williams was also a part of IPL 2018 auction but since it was a mega-auction, the list included many players who were never in contention to get an IPL bid. His name wasn’t in the final of shortlisted players for IPL 2019 auction but this time, Williams’ name is on the list and he is also expected to draw a bid for himself.
Williams was a strong contender to replace a pacer during IPL 2018 as he had scalped18 wickets in 10 T20Is in 2017, finishing second to Yuzvendra Chahal on the list of most wickets, but none of the franchises took note of his performances. It required performance in India and the wicket of the Indian skipper to make it big.
Williams isn’t expected to draw many bids but the teams looking for an overseas backup pacer might look to add him to their roster
Williams first hogged the limelight during the first T20I when he was involved in an on-field banter with Kohli. The Indian skipper responded with a four and a six in the 16th over and followed up with Williams’ famous notebook celebration which he did after dismissing Kohli back in 2017.
The rivalry between the two continued and Williams decided to put his finger on his lips after dismissing Kohli in the second T20I.
India won the three-match T20I series 2-1. After failing to defend the targe the second T20I, Indian batsmen came up with exceptional performance and put up a total of 240 on the board in the third T20I. In response, West Indies managed 173/8, losing the match by 67 runs. The two teams snow play three-match ODI series starting December 15.