Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 auction is scheduled to be held today in Jaipur with 8 franchises looking to grab some of the biggest players released by their earlier franchise. A month ago, all 8 franchise released and retained players list ahead of the auction. And looking at it, some big names would go under the hammer.
Like every year, this year’s auction war is expected to be as hot as in the past. There are several big names who will go under the hammer along with Indian players who can lead the bidding war. Here we take a look at them:
Indian players might go unsold
Famous Team India all-rounder is in poor form. He’s been out of Indian side as he has lost the golden touch. Yuvi was only bid by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 crore. Despite coming back to his old franchise, Yuvi’s performance didn’t improve and the squad dropped him from playing XI. Once the costliest player, this season, Yuvi might not get a bidder seeing his poor form.
Despite performing well on international tours, last year Ishant Sharma couldn’t find a single bidder in IPL. He was one of the hottest properties of IPL during inaugural season and represented nine different franchise over the years. Last year, he went unsold at his base price of Rs 75 lakh and this is too, the picture is expected to be the same.
The Mumbai cricketer got limelight for his record-scoring performance. In 2015 auction, Sarfaraz Khan was bought by RCB (Royal Challenger Bangalore), but despite being under Kohli’s captaincy, Khan failed to be up to the mark. His performance kept declining to the length that RCB has now released the player. And with other young cricketer making their mark, Sarfaraz’s chance of getting back is hard.
Mohammad Shami had a forgettable year, personally and professionally. Last year in IPL, Shami was bought by Delhi Daredevils. Shami gave 10.4 runs per over and picked up just 3 wickets in the tournament. Shami last played T20Is in July and hasn’t got back his place in Indian side since.
Players who may start bidding war
The Windies sensation shone in recently-concluded India series. His batting style against the spinners was commendable and made headlines, getting positive reviews by pundits. He can be the best middle-order batsman in the shortest format of the game. He can be threat to any opposition as during the India series, Windies had their winning chances as long as Hetmyer was at the crease. This year, franchises might go after him.
Unadkat played an important role in then Rising Pune Supergiant’s road to IPL final in 2016. He was the leading wicket-taker for the season but failed to replicate the same last season for Rajasthan Royals. Surprisingly, he was the costliest buy last season. Unadkat is a precious player in the shortest format and can be a wicket-taker for any side.
Although Delhi Daredevils has released him, Maxwell has proved what he can do in the T20s during India’s tour. His big power-hitting abilities and experience might lure franchises to go for him as he is also suitable for No 4 spot.
Another Windies player who had an amazing year. Thomas impressed one and all with his pace bowling during recently concluded India tour. Seeing his last few games, Thomas can be a potential pick for the franchises during the auction.
Once an emerging player of IPL, Axar Patel had a forgettable season last year to such a level that Kings XI Punjab went to release their much-experienced spinner. Axar is a handy bowler and can bat down the order. In the shortest format, all-rounders play an important role and franchises are keen to include such players.