It is almost certain that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be hosting the mega-auction for the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). BCCI had originally planned to organize the mega-auction before IPL 2021 but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic forced the Indian board to bring a change in their plans.
It is learned that BCCI is hoping to expand the T20 League by adding one or two new franchises. Thus, the mega-auction seems inevitable before the next edition. The mega-auction adds the required spice to the league as it changes the dynamics of all the franchises.
The teams have to make a tough call regarding which three players to retain as apart from three players, they have to build the entire squad from a scratch. It also means that the auction table for IPL 2022 will witness a lot of going under the hammer. The presence of decorated and match-defining players is bound to cause a bidding war on the auction table and many players are expected to become millionaires overnight.
Players who can bag huge amounts in IPL 2022
1. David Warner
Just before the BCCI decided to suspend IPL 2021 for an indefinite time, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) sprung a surprise as they sacked David Warner as a skipper. Kane Williamson was announced as the new leader of the group while Warner was also dropped from the Playing XI. The decision was the consequence of SRH’s poor outing in IPL 2021.
SRH were languishing at the bottom of the points table with just one victory from seven league games. By dropping Warner from the playing XI, the Orange Army made it almost certain that they won’t be retaining the aggressive opening batsman and he will be up for grabs during IPL 2022 mega-auction.
There is no doubt to the fact that Warner has all the attributes of becoming the costliest buy in IPL 2022. The Australian opening batter is the highest overseas run-getter in the history of the Indian Premier League and was the fastest to breach the 5000-run mark. On his day, Warner can single-handedly take his team to victory irrespective of the opposition he is playing against and thus there will be many franchises who will be hoping to acquire the services of the batsman.
2. Suryakumar Yadav
In the recent past, the cricket fraternity has seen the emergence of a complete middle-order batsman in the form of Suryakumar Yadav. What makes Yadav a perfect fit for the shortest format of the game is his ability to do both, anchor the innings and play a quickfire knock by hitting boundaries and sixes. Suryakumar has been in sublime form in the Indian Premier League as the 30-year-old has a stunning 2197 runs under his belt in 108 matches at a strike rate of 135.3.
In March 2021, the right-handed batsman also received his maiden call-up to the Indian team as he featured in three T20Is of the five-match series against England. In the two innings, the Mumbai-born collected 89 runs, and that has made him a potential pick for India’s T20I team.
Playing for India will only help Surya in enriching his experiences, and will also increase his value on the auction table. Yadav has been plying his trade for five-time champion Mumbai Indians (MI) but despite his spectacular performance, the franchise is unlikely to retain him as they will prefer keeping Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah.
3. Glenn Maxwell
Irrespective of his from, Australia’s explosive all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has always been a hot pick for the franchises on the auction table. In IPL 2020, Maxwell succumbed to a horrendous outing for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) as he could gather just 108 runs in 14 matches without hitting a single maximum.
Despite the forgettable season, Maxwell caused a bidding war on the auction table as Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings went berserk over the all-rounder. In the end, RCB had to shell out a staggering amount of INR 14.25 crores to acquire the services of Maxwell.
The off-spinner justified his hefty paycheck as in the seven matches of IPL 2021, he played many match-defining knocks to bail RCB out from crunch situations. The 32-year-old collected 223 runs from seven mixtures at a strike rate of 144.80. With his performance in IPL 2021, Maxwell has again filed a case for himself to become one of the costliest, If not the costliest, buy of IPL 2022 auction.
4. T Natarajan
It won’t be wrong to say that T Natarajan was the story of the 2020 cricket calendar. The pace merchant ruled the game of cricket with his pin-point and toe-crushing yorkers. Natarajan’s dream journey began during the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League as he managed to grab all the limelight while plying his trade for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The left-arm seamer was rightly called the ‘Yorker King’.
Impressive performance in IPL 2020 resulted in Natarajan making his debut for India in Australia in the third One Day International of the three-match series against Australia. The 30-year-old then played all the three T20 Internationals against Australia and also made his Test debut on the same tour in the last Test of the four-match series.
The Tamil Nadu Stalwart is now a renowned name and will be one of the superstars to go under the hammer before IPL 2022. SRH is likely to retain Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Considering the dearth of good pacers especially the left-arm seamers, one shouldn’t be surprised if Natarajan attracts bids from almost all the teams.
5. Kieron Pollard
West Indies’ explosive all-rounder Kieron Pollard is a runaway match-winner and can make any team look lethal with his presence in the squad. Pollard possesses the ability to take his team to the finishing line by producing jaw-dropping performances both with the bat and the ball.
The latest example of the same was his conduct against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2021. The 34-year-old played a blistering knock of 87 runs off just 34 balls to help Mumbai Indians chase the massive target of 219. The West Indies star shone with the ball as he ended up with two crucial wickets of Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina.
The chances of Kieron Pollard going under the hammer during IPL 2022 auctions are sky high as Mumbai will be retaining their Indian trio including Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Hardik Pandya.
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