IPL Auction Preview
The IPL Auction will take place in Chennai on the 18th of February. After the recently conducted player retention, KXIP, RR, and RCB have a considerably larger budget as compared to the rest of the teams. Some big names missing from the auction list include Aussie Pacer Mitchell Starc and English batsman Joe Root. Team funds available going into the auction: Kings XI Punjab: Rs.53.20 cr Chennai Super Kings: Rs.22.90 cr Delhi Capitals: Rs.12.90 cr Kolkata Knight Riders: Rs.10.75 cr Mumbai Indians: Rs.15.35 cr Rajasthan Royals: Rs.34.85 cr Royal Challengers Bangalore: Rs.35.90 cr SunRisers Hyderabad: Rs.10.75 c Going into the Auction, there are some surprises in relation to players who have decided to opt-out and not feature in this edition of the IPL. The most notable names among the players missing out are; Dale Steyn, Joe Root, Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, and Tom Banton. IPL Legend Lasith Malinga too will be missing out this year as he announced his retirement from franchise cricket. Players expected to Break Bank: Dawid Malan (1.5 Cr. Base price) Malan is currently the top-ranking T20 batsman in the ICC world rankings. While the English opener hasn’t participated in the IPL before, he has had good showings in both, English county cricket and the BBL. Malan has been a mainstay at the top of the order for the national side for a couple of years now and strikes at an impressive SR of 145+. With RCB letting go of Aussie opener Arron Finch, they will be looking out for Malan, CSK too will be keeping an eye on the Englishman. Malan expected to be one of the most expensive players in the auction this year, it will be interesting to see how his auction plays out. Glenn Maxwell (2 Cr. Base Price ) It’s that time again. The Glenn Maxwell corundum. With a strike rate of 157 and an average of 30+, one can’t question the large sums of money teams have spent on acquiring Maxwell in the past. While on paper and on Aussie soil Maxwell has been an outstanding performer, his form in the IPL has not justified his high price in the past seasons. In Maxwell, you get a top grade fielder, a handy part time spinner, and an all-round game changer. While it’s not expected that teams will break the bank for Maxwell the way they have in the past, it is expected that teams like KXIP/RCB/RR would still be happy to have him for under Rs.4 Cr. Steve Smith (2 Cr. Base Price ) Former Aussie and RR captain, Steve Smith was released by RR in the player retention prior to the auction. Smith was recently named the ‘Test Cricketer of the Decade’ by ICC and is probably one of the most dependable batsmen in world cricket. His test and ODI form haven’t resonated in T20 cricket as much as he would like it to, however, he is a good top order option for a couple of teams going into this year's auction. With CSK releasing fellow Aussie Shane Watson, following his retirement, Smith might be a great replacement in the CSK top order. Keeping the “Right to match card” in mind you can’t rule out RR using it to secure Smith for a cheaper price. This tactic might be used by KXIP to do the same for Maxwell too. Shakib Al Hasan (2 Cr. Base Price ) The Bangladeshi veteran allrounder has been a mainstay for KKR in the past but wasn’t able to cement his place in the starting XI after making the switch to SRH in the last season. Shakib is ranked #2 in the ICC T20 allrounders rankings. After serving his international ban, Shakib has returned to playing for Bangladesh in 2021 and has displayed good form both with bat and ball. DC and KKR might be interested in bagging the players for a price close to his base price. Nathan Coulter-Nile (1.5 Cr. Base price) Many teams are looking to strengthen their pace bowling department and with Stark and Dale Steyn both missing from this year's auction, Coulter-Nile, and Jhye Richardson might bring in some big bucks. The team with the biggest purse, KXIP have no international pacers in their lineup after they released WestIndian pacer, Sheldon Cottrell. Both Punjab and RCB will be looking to bag an international pace bowler and Coulter-Nile would be a strong option. Others to look out for Afghan spinner Mujheeb Ur Rahman is the top-ranked International spinners and it wouldn’t be a surprise If KXIP uses their RTM card on the spinner who didn't get a lot of game time for them last year. English batsman Adam Lyth has displayed great form in English County Cricket and could be picked up along with English pacer Lewis Gregory who had a good BBL season. Alex hales and Alex Carey both can be handy batsmen to any given team. Tom Curran, Mark Wood, and Liam Plunkett stand a good chance of getting picked with teams looking to strengthen their bowling department. Kedar Jadhav, Pawan Negi, Pradeep Sangwan, and Shivam Dube will be some domestic players to look out for.