Former Australian wrist spinner Brad Hogg feels that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Punjab Kings (PBKS), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be involved in a bidding war at the IPL 2022 mega auction, which will take place in Bengaluru on February 12-13, to acquire the services of veteran Proteas batsman Faf du Plessis.
Faf du Plessis, who was the second-highest run-getter in the Indian Premier League 2021 with 633 runs under his belt, was released by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ahead of the mega auction.
Former Australian spinner Hogg, speaking on his YouTube channel, said that du Plessis “will be the most sought out player in the auction”. He asserted:
“Du Plessis will be the most sought out player in the auction, because of his leadership skills. RCB, PBKS and KKR and CSK will go for him. He has leadership skills as well, which is why the other three teams will look to bring him in. He is very consistent at the top of the order as well. I reckon he could go for 7 Crore, could blow out to 11 crores, after especially what he did last year.”
Brad Hogg further talked about Shreyas Iyer and said that PBKS, RCB and KKR will go for Iyer at the IPL 2022 mega auction.
“Iyer is a consistent player, controls the innings, but also with his experience in captaining in the IPL, I think PBKS and RCB will go for Iyer, KKR might even have a dab as well. I think he will go for about 4 crores.”
Hogg feels pacers Kagiso Rabada and Mohammed Shami will be in huge demand and several teams will be looking forward to including them in the squad. He asserted:
“Rabada, always bowling in those dangerous situations and he does the job well, picks up wickets, bowls with a reasonable economy. I think he should go for 4-5 Cr.
“All 10 teams will be very aggressive going after Shami, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is up about the 5 Cr mark or more. Don’t see Warner going for anything more than 4 Cr.”
I think Ravichandran Ashwin will go for 5-7 crores – Brad Hogg
The 50-year-old feels veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who didn’t have a very good run in the IPL 2021, will be bought for 5-7 crores. Also, he reckons that left-arm pacer Trent Boult will go for 5 crores. He said:
“Ashwin, very economical with the ball, good lower order batter, last year did not pick up the wickets, but still a very valuable player. I think he will go for 5-7 crores.
“Next is Trent Boult, good swing bowler in the powerplay, picks up early wickets and is improving in the death. Everyone wants a left-armer, and you don’t get too many of this high quality, I think he will go for 5 crores.”
Hogg also opined that franchises “might be shy of picking” Australian Test captain Pat Cummins but added that he is worth 7.5 crores. He asserted:
“Being Test captain of Australia, teams might be shy of picking Cummins up worried that he might pull out of the IPL, would be a huge investment, but he is quality with the ball. I think he is worth 7.5 crores.”
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