351 players will go under the hammer tomorrow when the auction of IPL 2017 takes place at Bengaluru. Out of these 226 are Indian players and the rest are overseas including 5 from Afghanistan, a first for India & IPL. Keeping in mind the foreign playersa cap and squad limitations we can expect 76 players getting sold. Here below are some of the names that might engage bidding wars among franchisees a
A A A 1 Ishant Sharma a Base Price a INR 2 Crore
Ishant Sharma has played forAKolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiants in the previous editions of IPL, The tall fast bowler was bought by MS Dhoni led Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 3.8 crore last season but was released along with 10 other players. He also happens to be the only Indian in the base price bracket of 2 crores. Ishant has played 14 T20Is for India, taking eight wickets at an economy rate of 8.63. In the IPLs he has played 70 matches and has taken 59 wickets with a best of 5 for 12. An experienced bowler for the Indian conditions he will the one to watch out for.
A A 2 Eoin Morgan a Base Price – INR 2 CroreA
Eoin Morgan is the English captain for T20 and ODI format. Itas safe to day that none of the cricket fans remain unaware of the extent of Morganas batting prowess. In the recently concluded ODI series against hosts India he was the fifth highest run-getter, only 12 runs behind India’sAViratAKohli but a better strike rate than that of the Indian skipper. He was the second highest run-getter in the T20 series with 108 runs in three matches at a strike rate of 131.70. It will be interesting to see which IPL team burns a hole in their pocket to bad his services. He boasts of IPL experience with KKR, RCB and Sunrisers Hyderabad
A3 Mohammad Shahzad a Base Price a INR 50 Lakh
BCCI has allowed players from Afghanistan to be a part of IPL for the very first time. This change in rule allowed 5 players from there to be listed and wicket keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad will be their star player going under the hammer. He has a strike-rate of 136 plus in 55 T20 Internationals in which he hit a hundred and 11 half-centuries. Shahzad has a high score of 118 not out and an average of 31.84. This 29 year old player will attract a lot of attention from IPL teams and would be great to see if he demands more above than his base price. Shahzad was once in the top 10 T20 batsmen for associate nations.
A4 ATymal Mills a Base Price a INR 50 Lakh
Tymal Mills is a young 24 year English left arm pacer who can fool anyone with his back of the hand slow deliveries. He is an asset for any team especially in the death overs. This left-armer has an overall economy of 7.28 in the death overs – second in the world of cricket only to Bangladesh sensation Mustafizur Rahman. In the recently concluded series against India he troubled many Indian batsmen with his slower balls in the death which were hard to pick and even harder to hit. With the T20s becoming batting paradise these days, it will be an advantage to have such a bowler in any side.
Ben Stokes is one of many English stars up for sale in this yearas IPL auction. Last but surely not the least on this list is the talented all-rounder Stokes who had a great outing in the ODI & T20 series against India. He is a seasoned player who can contribute with his fielding as well. Indian skipper Virat Kohli is also fond of his game. It is going to be super interesting to see which IPL teams go how far to fetch him. English players come with a disclaimer as well – They wonat be available till the whole tournament as they have to report back for the National team camp by the second week of May. That makes the auction of all players from England more fun as their respective teams will have to take a risk buying them a huge price