Former India cricketer, Aakash Chopra opines that Australian speedster, Mitchell Starc could be the costliest player ever in any IPL auction. Chopra, along with Starc’s prediction made a few more comments after all the franchises, on Wednesday, have announced their retentions and release players list.
Aakash Chopra took to Twitter to let his fans know his feelings about the upcoming auctions, expectedly in February, for the 14 edition of the cash-rich league. He makes a bold prediction regarding Starc that the lethal pacer may become the most expensive pick ever at the auction table.
Starc is known to be one of the deadliest fast bowlers in the world, but the IPL has seen very little of the Aussie pacer. He has played a couple of seasons for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014 and 2015 picking 34 wickets at an economy of 7.17. Since 2016, the 30-year-old has not played in the IPL; citing injuries and personal reasons.
Starc, who is twice the leading wicket-taker in 50-over World Cups, is expected to fetch a huge amount of money – he may well surpass that of his teammate, Pat Cummins’ last year’s price of INR 15.5 crores.
Currently, former India superstar, Yuvraj Singh is the most expensive buy in the auction – the defunct Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) splurged out a sum of 16 Crores in the IPL 2015 auction for the left-arm all-rounder.
Cameron Green to be bought for 5-6 Crore: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra reckons Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who was released by KXIP, will comfortably fetch a big-money signing. Mujeeb, a sought after T20 mystery spinner, was surprisingly left out of by the KL Rahul-led side.
Chopra also predicts Australia’s all-rounder, Cameron Green, and New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson to bag hefty contracts. Both the youngsters have put on brilliant performances against India in the Test series – both made their debuts against the Virat Kohli-led side and were more than impressive.
Released by Delhi Capitals, bludgeoning English opener, Jason Roy will be another overseas player to make handsome money in the forthcoming IPL auction, feels the former India batsman.
Chopra also makes big calls on the Australian pair of Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Coulter-Nile. He believes that despite their underwhelming season in 2020, the all-rounder can still get “decent contracts” for IPL 2021.
Maxwell, with a contract of INR 10.75 Crore, was released by KXIP after he failed to hit even a single six in the entire tournament. Coulter-Nile, who was paid INR 8 crore last season was released by champions, Mumbai Indians.
Mujeeb to go for 7-8 crore.
Green for 5-6 Crore
Starc to become the most expensive IPL buy ever.
Jamieson to receive solid interest. 5-7 crore
Jason Roy 4-6 crore
Maxwell and NCN will still get decent contracts.
Subject to their availability of course. #EarlyCall #IPL2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 20, 2021