The 11th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League has started taking shape, and the IPL fever has gripped the nation with the auction nearing. After ten successful years, franchises will undergo a reshuffling in the upcoming series and most of the players will be going under the hammer. The franchises will be looking forward to making the most of the auction and teams which have struggled in the past editions have an opportunity to start from scrap.
Let’s have a look at some of the players who can trigger a price war in the auction on 27th and 28th January.
One of the most talked about name in international cricket in the past 12 months has been England’s all rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, but with the recent clearance given by the ECB, he will be one of the most targeted players in the upcoming auction. The 2017 edition was Stokes first season in the IPL. Stokes became the highest paid overseas player in the league at a price of 14.5 crores in the 2017 auction. The Rising Pune Supergiants bought him. Stokes played 12 matches and took 12 wickets in the previous edition. He also scored 316 runs at an average of 31.60.
Just 19, Rashid Khan is one of the most prolific players in the shortest format of the game. Rashid and Mohammed Nabi made history in the previous edition by becoming the first players to play in the Indian Premier League. Rashid was sold for four crores after a base price of 30 lakhs. He played 14 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad and picked up 17 wickets in his first season of the cash rich tournament.
Jos Buttler is one of the hardest hitting batsmen in international cricket and is known for his free flowing shot selection. Buttler has played in two IPL season starting in 2016. Mumbai Indians bought Buttler for a price tag of 3.5 crores. Buttler has played 24 matches for Mumbai Indians over two years. He has scored 527 runs for the franchise.
Shikhar Dhawan was instrumental in the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s successful camping in 2016. Dhawan has been a transition for both, the Indian national side as well as the SRH. Dhawan has a base price of 2 crores and is one of the most stylish players at the top of the order. Dhawan is known for his attacking style of play. Dhawan has played in all the ten seasons of the cash-rich league. Dhawan has played for four franchises over this period. He has played 127 matches and has scored 3561 runs in these matches at an average of 32.66.
A T20 specialist, Colin Munro is devastating at the top of the order, and his recent form will surely make him one of the most talked about player in the auction. Munro has played one season for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2016 but did not have a successful season.
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