As many as 740 Indians are participating in the auction. The management must be biting their nails as to which players they want to choose for the betterment of the team. There are some players who have proved their worth in both IPL and International Cricket previously and have risen up their bars to obtain top draw in this auction. Our team has narrowed down this list to 5 players who may have big bucks on their sleeves before the tournament begins.
A stylish and elegant right-hander, Uthappa can also keep wickets, providing the flexibility that any captain wants, like Ganguly had Dravid to provide in International Cricket. The orange cap holder in the 2014 edition, Uthappa’s front foot movement is one of the features to watch out, as it disrupts the bowler’s length.
He is a gem of a player who reads the situation and plays accordingly. This explains his base price of 2 crore, something which may quadruple or go even higher during the auction.
A limited overs specialist, Chahal relies more on his flight and drift than the pace at which he bowls, something rare in modern day cricket. He is one of the two players to have taken 6 wickets in a T20, taking 6-25 against England.
The little man is different from other leggies in the fact that he relies more on his stock ball than the wrong-un, and expresses good control over his variations. He is certain to go for a lump sum in this auction.
The first player from India to score a century on ODI debut, Rahul oozes class. After forgettable stints in IPL till 2015, Rahul’s turning point came in the 2016 edition where he was noted for his ability to score quickly in a batting line up that boasts of names like Kohli, Gayle, de Villiers.
He is known to play textbook cricketing shots and provides the team a much-needed balance when in trouble. From becoming an “All or Nothing” player to a player with good temperament, Rahul has come long ways and his base price is just an understatement about his ability.
A player with a high backlift, Pandey is known for his century against Australia in which India won to record the highest score for a visiting team while chasing in SCG.
The best feature about his game is that he mixes caution and aggression to good effect. Also an athletic fielder, it will be least to say that he will go for a large amount in this auction.
The “Dark Knight” behind India’s two World Cup victories, Gambhir has a reputation of being an aggressive captain than a hard hitting opener. His captaincy was the fulcrum of KKR’s victorious campaigns in 2012 and 2014.
A solid opener, Gambhir’s captaincy skills are required if any team are to win the tournament and this quality will increase his value at the auction.