Indian commentator and former cricketer Aakash Chopra shared a video on Facebook upon his predictions about IPL 2021 auction. The auction for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League will be held in Chennai on Thursday, February 18. Chopra has named five overseas players who will be in the limelight in IPL auction 2021.
During his popular video session of #AakashVani, commentator Aakash Chopra said that Glenn Maxwell, Shakib AL Hasan, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy and Aaron Finch are the five overseas players who will invite maximum bids from the franchises. The former Indian batsman shared 18 minute-long video on Facebook.
Talking about Glenn Maxwell, Aakash Chopra said that the auction will be ‘max’ for Glenn Maxwell. He believes that Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore will engage in heavy competition to capture the Australia hitter in their team. According to him, Maxwell’s brilliant batting in the recent series against India will make him a popular choice.
Aakash Chopra called Shakib Al Hasan a popular choice for Kings XI Punjab. “Punjab have only two spinners-both leg-spinners and need a middle-order batsman as well. Therefore, Shakib Al Hasan will be a perfect deal for KXIP in such a scenario,” Aakash Chopra says in the video.
Talking about top-ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan, Aakash mentioned that CSK, RCB and KKR will have big competition for the English opener. Along with Malan, Aakash feels that Jason Roy and Aaron Finch will also get big money in the auction.
Apart from these five overseas players, Aakash Chopra also mentioned that Jhye Richardson will invite a lot of bids being a fast bowler. “Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and RCB will be in the race to get Australia pacer Jhye Richardson in their team. Kings XI Punjab, CSK and RCB will look to buy Nathan Coulter-Nile and Chris Morris. The two pacers might go to RCB and KXIP”, Aakash added.
IPL 2021 auction will witness 292 players going under the hammer. 164 Indian cricketers, 125 from overseas and 3 players from associate nations are part of the final list. 10 players have reserved themselves in Rs. 2 crore category while 22 players have kept a base price of Rs. 1.5 crore. 11 players opt for Rs. 1 crore base price in IPL 2021 auction.