The auction date is inching closer and closer. The expectations are sky high as 282 foreign players are drafted into the auction. So it is expected to be a tough going for all team managements to pick their best squad in the remaining money as each of them are unique in their own way. There are some players who didn’t play in IPL previously but have impressed everyone by their consistent performances in BBL, CPL and BPL. The Cricbuk team has shortlisted 5 players out of them who have been in the limelight for their exemplary showing in the above mentioned league.
NOTE: The word UNCAPPED refers to those who didn’t play in the IPL, irrespective of them playing for their country.
Currently the highest run-getter of the tournament as well as for Hobart Hurricanes in the ongoing BBL, Short rose to fame for his remarkable performances in this edition. An opening batsman, his ability to strike the ball from the start has been the key reason for his success. His big hitting prowess has come to the fore when it mattered the most for his team, and the 22 sixes he has hit just shows the kind of player he is at this format. The need for a hard hitting opener of his class is sure to increase his value at the auction.
A tall fast bowler from New South Wales, Gannon causes discomfort to the batsman with his imposing pace and line. He uses his height to good effect and bends his back a bit more to create that extra bounce even on unresponsive conditions. He can also swing at a telling pace and at times, be close to unplayable. Not among the top wicket takers, but his run-choking capability has made him the bowler to look out for. A bowler of this stature deserves to create an impact in this auction.
A solid one drop batsman for England in test, Root is known to pierce the ball in the gaps and create doubts in the opposite camp with his street smart fielding skills. Often criticized as a test player, he silenced everyone with his incredible performance in the World T20 in 2016, scoring 83 against a quality South African bowling line up while chasing 230, in which England won. His ability to rotate the strike, something which is clinical in T20s explains his base price of 1.5 crore.
A tall and lanky Tasmanian, Bird hits the deck hard and generates considerable bounce on any surface. His high arm action has caused trouble in the opposition batting. Known to bowl long spells in Test cricket, Bird bowls a consistent line outside off stump at a good pace. Already a proven player in the game’s longest format, he will try to prove his worth in the shortest forms if he is selected in the auction.
A tall bowler with a simple action, Archer bowls as his name suggests. He is a “YOU MISS, I HIT” kind of a bowler, consistently bowling above 145 clicks. He is also a dangerous lower-order batsman, performing with the willow if his team requires to. Any team would like to have this kind of player in their line up and it would not be a surprise if he goes for a huge sum in this auction.
STATS COURTESY: Wikipedia, The Hindu.