IPL 2022 auction saw some terrific signings in the two-day event that had some interruptions after the regular auctioneer Hugh Edmeades collapsed on the first day due to Postural Hypotension.
A total of 204 players were sold in the span of two days aggregating a sum of 551.7 crores as 10 teams were left with content to build up a formidable squad.
Ishan Kishan made a resounding comeback with the five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians after the franchise snapped him up for a colossal amount of INR 15.25 crore.
The Jharkhand wicketkeeper-batter was the most expensive purchase in the high-profile event. Deepak Chahar was second on the list after CSK bought him for 14 crores.
Each team might have strenuously thought about piling up their best combination with back-ups to each role.
Let us look at some of the smartest picks amongst the 10 IPL franchise teams in the IPL 2022 auction.
IPL Auction 2022: 5 Smartest Buys In The Mega Auction
5) Shreyas Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders)
The Mumbai batter went to Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping amount of INR 12.25 crores after the two-time IPL champions outsmarted Delhi Capitals and Gujarat Titans in purchasing Iyer.
Iyer is the reason behind Delhi Capitals resurgence after he took over the captaincy duties from Gautam Gambhir in IPL 2018.
In IPL 2019, the Delhi franchise qualified for the playoffs after a hiatus of seven years and the next year they made their maiden appearance in a final, where they lost to Mumbai Indians.
Iyer can not only give any team the option of a middle-order batter but also could become a potential candidate for the leadership role. After KKR released both Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik ahead of the auction, Iyer can fill the shoes of a leader of their side.
This will be Iyer’s second franchise after he played for the Delhi outfit for seven seasons, he missed the first leg of IPL 2021 owing to a shoulder injury. With 2375 runs from 87 matches, Iyer is Delhi Capitals third most run-scorer after Virender Sehwag (2382) and Rishabh Pant (2498).