The Indian Premier League (IPL) Mega Auction is less than two weeks away and all the franchises have started finalising their strategies for the crazy two-day event.
A total of 1,214 players will go under the hammer on February 12 and 13 as 10 franchises look to acquire the services of some of the finest cricketers from across the globe.
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Ahead of the auction, the eight existing teams were given the option of retaining a maximum of four players, while the two new auditions Lucknow Super Giants and unnamed Ahmedabad franchises have added three players each to their roster from the draft.
While franchises like Punjab Kings (PBKS) and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) would look to build their squad from the scratch having retained only one capped player, most of the other franchises would be looking to build a formidable squad around their core group of players.
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With only Rs 47.5 crores left to spend, Delhi Capitals (DC) have the lowest purse, while PBKS have the biggest purse of Rs 72 crores.
History tells us that all-rounders and fast bowlers are always in huge demand at the auction and teams don’t shy away from spending big to acquire their desired players.
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Given there are only four overseas slots in the Playing XI, most franchises spend huge money to sign top Indian fast bowlers and we expect this same trend to continue this year as well.
Here we take a look at 5 Indian fast bowlers who can start huge bidding wars at the IPL 2022 mega auction:Deepak Chahar View this post on Instagram
Deepak Chahar was a crucial part of Chennai Super Kings for the last three years. Known for his seam and swing, Chahar made a mark for himself bowling the tough overs in the Powerplay. He doesn’t have express pace but has great control over his line and length and that’s his USP.
Apart from his bowling skills, Chahar has also proven his calibre with the bat. In his last two ODI innings, he not only picked up wickets but also scored two half-centuries. At the moment, there aren’t many Indian players who can fulfil the dual role of a new-ball bowler and also use the long handle batting lower down the order.Thangarasu Natarajan View this post on Instagram
IPL 2020 was a breakout season for T Natarajan. His heroics for the SRH earned him a place in the Indian team and he became the first player to make his all three debuts (T20I, ODI and Test) on the same tour.
He missed last year’s IPL first due to a combination of reasons and he would be itching to make a comeback in style. Natarajan is one of the best slog overs bowlers in the country and is known for his toe-crushing yorkers. Bowlers like him are the most sought after and I have no doubt that he would fetch a huge sum at the auction.Shardul Thakur View this post on Instagram
Shardul Thakur is another Indian fast bowler who can be easily categorised as an all-rounder. He has been a constant part of the Indian team in the last couple of years and performed exceedingly well with both bat and ball.
From knuckle ball to back-of-the-hand leg-cutters, Thakur has plenty of variations in his arsenal. In his short international career, he has scored some crucial fifties for the Indian team, proving his mettle with the bat. His all-round ability is what makes him one of the most sought after players in the auction.Avesh Khan View this post on Instagram
Avesh Khan had a breakthrough season last year with Delhi Capitals as he picked up 24 wickets in 16 outings – finishing second in the Purple Cap race. Khan has been part of the IPL since 2017 but he struggled to get game time. However, things changed for the pacer last year and he repaid the trust shown in him by the franchise.
He then got his first senior exposure as he travelled with the Indian team to England and South Africa as a backup bowler. He is one of the fastest pacers in the country, who bowls in excess of 140kmph on a consistent basis. Not just pace, he also has terrific yorkers in his kitty.Kartik TyagiSeptember 21, 2021
How many bowlers can defend four runs off the final over of a T20 match? Well not many. Kartik Tyagi did the unthinkable against Punjab Kings during last year’s IPL when he conceded only one run in the final over while defending four runs off the last six balls.
It was a performance that brought the young pacer on the radar of most IPL franchises and that’s why we expect him to go for big bucks at the auction.