Bengaluru Some of the biggest names in the world cricket, when the two-day match of the IPL, which starts here on Saturday, is likely to be a huge bid on Ben Stokes and Ravichandran Ashwin.
This year, 578 players will participate in the auction, which includes 361 Indians. India and 16 top cricketers of the world have been given Marquee status and their base price is two crore rupees. It includes Stokes, Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Mitchell Starc, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo.
The franchises may have to spend a huge amount of money for England’s top all-rounder stokes, which was sold at a record 14.5 million rupees in the previous season. Since the beginning of IPL in 2008, there has been no auction of this level where there are so many star Indian players who have a bid.
Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane may not be part of the Indian team for some time in the short format of the game, but despite this, the franchisees are expected to be interested in the game. Due to batting, off-spin bowling and wicketkeeping capability, Kedar Jadhav would like to buy the team of Royal Challengers Bangalore once again.
There is also a huge demand for wrist spinners such as Kuldeep Yadav and Yuviwinder Chahal. Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, and Dinesh Karthik, who has been successful in the T20 format, will also be seen.
Given the demand for good wrist spinners in T20, Rashid Khan of Afghanistan can get good money once again.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni had recently said that Chennai Superkings will try to buy the local player Ashwin, but it will be seen that despite his not having a right-to-match card available, the team will be ready to put on the amount of money for the off-spinner.
CSK team can try to buy Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc because Dhoni has given bowlers like Doug Bollinger and Ashish Nehra in the team earlier this year.
If the RCB team uses the right-to-match card for Stark, who can buy CSK Jaidev Unadkat who had performed well in the last season. The CSK team, however, could use the Right to Match card for Dwayne Bravo, who has been trusted by Dhoni in the team.
On the other hand, Delhi Daredevils would like to add Ashwin and Gautam Gambhir along with them. If the team buys Gambhir then he can be made the captain. The KKR team might have the option of retaining Gambhir but if the team wants it then they do not release them for the auction in the beginning.
Shah Rukh Khan’s co-owned team can use the Right to Match card for Chris Lynn, who has performed well for the team.
Rajasthan Royals have just retweeted Steve Smith and have the highest amount left for the auction. The team can try to buy an aggressive batsman like West Indies’ Aavin Lewis who has scored two T20 international hundreds against India
Similarly, after the recent good performance in T20, there may be a huge bid on Kolin Munro. Recently, Kieron Pollard, who plays the 400th T20 match, is expected to be associated with the Mumbai Indians as the use of the right-to-match card of the team for the offensive batsman is almost being hit.
Kings XI Punjab team can add Harbhajan Singh with him because his format is still effective in this format and he will also have the option of handing over the captaincy of the team.
Each franchisee will need at least 10 Indian players in the minimum 18-member team, and in such cases, Krishan Pandya, Basil Thumpi, Prashesh Khan and Deepak Hooda are expected to get a decent amount.
There is a lot of enthusiasm about the under-19 players of India, especially Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who are regularly bowling in the Under-19 World Cup running in New Zealand at a speed of more than 140 km per hour.
Nargarkoti’s fellow fast bowler Shivam Mavi and captain Prithvi Shaw are also expected to make a good bid. Punjab’s under-19 cricketer Shubham Gill and Abhishek Sharma will also have franchises eyes.
Exotic players who did not play international cricket would be eyeing West Indies-born Joabra Archer who performed brilliantly in the Big Bash League.