Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Less than a week remains until the IPL 2023 Auctions, and clubs are working nonstop to assemble the finest roster possible for the forthcoming IPL season. While some clubs have their lineups in place and just need to make minor adjustments, other teams will be trying to drastically overhaul their squads by pursuing some of the biggest names in the auction.

Many paddles are anticipated to be raised in support of these top players, including Ben Stokes, Adam Zampa, and Mayank Agarwal, who are available to be scooped up by teams.

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The finances of each team are a significant aspect as well, with teams like Punjab Kings and SRH having a sizable amount of cash on hand. The IPL 2023 Auctions will be the first stop on the path to the IPL, which will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network and Hotstar on December 23, 2022.

Mumbai Indians Are Looking For Their Rashid Khan Or Sunil Narine: Sanjay Manjrekar

Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar discussed the Mumbai Indians’ roster, how they would prepare for the upcoming season, and who they will be pursuing at this year’s auction exclusively on Star Sports show “Game Plan – Auction Special,” he said:

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“You know when you look at their bowling attack, and last time around they suffered, but now they’ve got Jofra Archer, Bumrah is fit, they’ve got Jason Behrendorff, so that’s a quality attack which they’ve got, so that’s not a problem. Rohit Sharma also comes back into form, taking care of stuff, so they’ll be hoping that he gets going too.

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But leg spin, now every IPL team needs somebody like Rashid Khan. So, they are looking for their Rashid khan or a Sunil Narine. So, that’s where somebody like a Zampa or an Adil Rashid can come into the equation to find the leg spinner. So, all three aspects seems okay despite their performance last season.

So, yes a wrist spinner, they have let go of M. Ashwin, they have a history of spinners, there was Markande with them, Rahul Chahar, they should never have let him go, he’s gone, so maybe an overseas spinner somebody like a Zampa or an Adil Rashid will be perfect for them.” 

Punjab Kings And Sunrisers Hyderabad Need To Be Aggressive In IPL Auction: Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan discussed the two clubs with the highest bids in the auction, Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, and how they’ll be aiming to add quality to their rosters by bidding on some of the most well-known players this year. He stated:

“Definitely, both Punjab Kings as well as SRH, they’re going to show their masses at the auction because look, one things for sure that when we don’t have a settled unit, when you don’t have a proper playing eleven which Punjab and SRH don’t have, that means they have a big bank balance and that means they need to be very smart, they need to be aggressive as well in these auctions because they have the muscle power and I think Adam Zampa, they will go after him from the word go.

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Punjab Kings (Credits: IPL/BCCI)

SRH will go after Mayank Agarwal because they need a kind of abrasive opener as well. They don’t have Kane Williamson right now who led them for many years as an experienced player and who used to open the innings as well.

Mayank Agarwal is the kind of guy who has led a side, who plays quite freely as well, is very fearless, and very selfless. They might be thinking of him going forward as a leader as well. So let’s see what’s going to happen, but definitely they are going to look for that kind of introduction in that auction.” 

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