The stage is set for the IPL 2022 mega auction as the BCCI released the names of 590 players who would go under the hammer to become a part of the world’s biggest T20 league.
From David Warner to Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada to Pat Cummins, the auction will decide the fate of some of the biggest names in world cricket.February 1, 2022
With this being a mega auction, fans can expect franchises to go all out to sign the player of their choice, even if that meant breaking all sorts of previous records.
For the last three seasons, Virat Kohli was the most expensive player in the league as the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had shelled out Rs 17 crores to make him a part of their squad.
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After holding on to this tag for the last three years, the former RCB skipper has already lost this ‘most expensive player’ tag after signing a new contract for a reduced fee of Rs 15 crores.
Ahead of the auction, there are several players who have been handed a more lucrative contract than Kohli. KL Rahul has been signed by Lucknow Super Giants for a whopping Rs 17 crores, while Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja have been retained for Rs 16 crore each by Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings, respectively.
However, these are not the only players who are expected to take home a bigger paycheck than the former India skipper in this year’s IPL, there are several other players who could fetch more money at the mega auction.
Here are the five Indian cricketers who could get a more hefty contract than KohliIshan Kishan View this post on Instagram
The wicketkeeper-batters are always in high demand at the auction, especially those who can bat in the top order. After he couldn’t make it to Mumbai Indians’ retention list, Ishan Kishan had offers from the two new franchises Lucknow and Ahmedabad but he turned both of them down and decided to become a part of the auction.
If he gets going Kishan can torment any bowling attack in the world. The IPL 2020 was a turning point in his career as he earned his maiden Indian call-up after amassing 500 runs in that title-winning campaign. His stocks have risen significantly in the last couple of years and don’t be surprised if several franchises go all out to acquire his services at this year’s auction.Shreyas Iyer View this post on Instagram
Shreyas Iyer missed the first leg of last year’s IPL due to an injury. He returned for the second phase but didn’t get his captaincy back as Delhi Capitals (DC) decided to carry on with Rishabh Pant as their skipper.
There are several teams like RCB, KKR and Punjab Kings who are in the market for a captain and Iyer, who guided DC to their only IPL final, is the ideal candidate for that role. The 27-year-old has maturity beyond his age and it’s a trait that is not found in many players. Given what he brings to the table, there is a high chance that his name can start a ferocious bidding war among franchises.Deepak Chahar View this post on Instagram
Players like Deepak Chahar are a rare commodity in Indian cricket. He can open the bowling and is no stranger to using the long handle. His all-round ability is what sets him apart from the rest and the franchises are always ready to shell out extra bucks for a player of his profile.
His previous franchise CSK would do everything in their capacity to sign him back but it won’t be an easy task. In fact, former Indian opener Aakash Chopra feels that given his utility, Chahar should be the most expensive pick at the auction.Shardul Thakur View this post on Instagram
Shardul Thakur is not known for bowling with the new ball but he does guarantee you four overs. ‘Lord Thakur’, as he is famously called by his supporters, has all sorts of variations in his repertoire which make him even more dangerous.
Apart from his premier skill, Thakur is also known for his big hits. Having a player like him in the Playing XI is always a plus for any franchise as he can turn the tide with both bat and ball. Sides looking for Indian all-rounders, I expect them to bid huge.Harshal Patel View this post on Instagram
Last year’s IPL completely transformed Harshal Patel’s life. He was traded off to RCB by Delhi Capitals and everything he touched turned into gold. With 32 wickets from just 15 matches, Patel finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker and clinched the Purple Cap.
Bowling in the slog overs is an art and Patel's analysis proved he had mastered that. He doesn’t have express pace but his slower variations are good enough to deceive any world-class batter. The recent performances always play an important role in determining a players’ price at the auction and Patel is definitely going to benefit from that.