The Indian Premier League (IPL) is renowned for giving up-and-coming athletes a platform to display their abilities. At the next IPL 2023 auction, franchises may engage in a bidding war for some of the most desired names.
Looking at Zimbabwe’s recent performance, the team has significantly improved its play. Zimbabwe just defeated Australia in the third and final ODI of the series against Australia by three wickets this year in September. Zimbabwe also pulled off an unexpected victory against Pakistan in the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
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Only three Zimbabwean players, Tatenda Taibu, Ray Price, and Brendan Taylor, have so far participated in an IPL season.
Let’s have a look at some players from Zimbabwe who are set to receive huge deals in the IPL 2023 Mini Auction:
IPL Auction 2023: These Zimbabwe Players Set To Receive Huge Deals In The Mini Auction
Franchises have always paid close attention to all-round players, and Sikandar Raza may now join that list of players in demand. To put it mildly, the Zimbabwean superstar has had a great year in 2022. Getting a gig when his name is put up for auction would be the cherry on top.
Despite being 36 years old, many think Raza has reached his prime this year. The Zimbabwean has taken 25 wickets at an economy rate of 6.13 and scored 735 runs in T20Is in 2022. Additionally, he had a successful tournament at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, which led to a nomination for Player of the Tournament.
Speculations are that several franchises including Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders are looking to sign the spin all-rounder.
Blessing Muzarabani, a fast bowler from Zimbabwe, was scheduled to sign up with Lucknow Super Giants as a net bowler before the 15th Indian Premier League. Before Mark Wood withdrew from the league due to an injury, it was thought that he would join the squad to take his position. In the end, he was only employed by the IPL franchise making its debut as a net bowler.
If he had participated, Muzarabani, a lanky pacer with 44 T20 wickets in 40 career matches and an economy rate of 7.91, would have become just the fourth player from Zimbabwe to play in the lucrative league, joining Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, and Ray Price.
Muzarabani, who had a base price of INR 50 lakh, did not attract any bids in the mega auction, held in Bengaluru last year. However, this year, there are high chances that the pacer will attract bids from several franchises looking for new ball bowlers.