The IPL auction of 2021 is not far away, with only 10 days left. Most of the teams must be almost certain with their buying strategy. Each team has retained and released a different number of players and must be having the exact number of Indian and foreign players to buy.
Many big players were released by their respective franchises and will be available for being bought by new franchises. A total of 1097 players have registered for the 2021 auction (814 Indians and 283 overseas).
The auction is on 18th February and will start at 3 pm. The auction register incorporates 207 capped, 863 uncapped, and 27 associate players. Although 1097 players have registered for the auction, only 61 slots are available in total for all the franchises to be filled.
Here we bring 5 foreign players who could be the biggest buys in the IPL auction:
1) Glenn Maxwell
The Big Show has been of one the biggest names in the IPL ever since he was first picked by MI as the most expensive buy of that season. While he could not impress much during his debut season, he had an amazing season in 2014 playing for the KXIP. After that, he has not been doing really well.
Despite that, he is picked in the auction every year at a very high price, because he is an impact player. His sheer match-winning ability is not easy to find in many players. He has played 82 IPL matches now and is thus quite experienced.
He can finish off the innings very well if the middle order fails and he can even bat up the order. Apart from his batting, he is a gun fielder and can also provide a couple of overs as an extra bowler on Indian pitches.
2) Steve Smith
After captaining the Rajasthan Royals for many years, Steve Smith has been released this time and will be available for the auction. Maybe, RR’s trophy drought and Smith’s lack of contribution in the runs were the biggest reasons.
Despite it, Smith can be counted as one of the most stable batsmen available. His ability to control the game throughout and then accelerate at the right time makes him special. He can also captain a team if needed.
He is a wonderful player of spin which increases his stature as the IPL is likely to be held in India. Thus, it is expected that Smith can cause many teams to give it all to get him.
3) Dawid Malan
The Englishman has risen up the ranks very quickly in recent times. He has been England’s number 3 for a long time now and has been exceptional. He is currently the number 1 ranked T20 batsman.
He has also played various T20 leagues around the world and has impressed all. His T20 international average is high as 53.44. He is not swashbuckling in particular but depends on proper cricket shots through his innings.
He is available in the auction for the first time this season and might cause many teams to run behind him on the 18th of February.
4) Shakib Al Hasan
The Bangladesh veteran is back after serving a year of ban from cricket. He is one of the legends of the league and is once again available for the auction.
He last played for the Sunrisers in 2019 before the ban ruled him out. He is a stable middle-order batsman with a good hitting ability too. Apart from that, he is a very good left-arm off-spinner to bank on. He is definitely an asset to the team.
He has also played 63 IPL matches and thus has decent experience. Thus, Shakib will be on the radar of many teams looking for an all-rounder in their team.
5) Alex Hales
Here we have an interesting choice in English opener Alex Hales. He recently finished the BBL season as the highest run-scorer playing for the Sydney Thunder. He has played in the IPL before but failed to impress much.
But after playing leagues around the world, he gained a lot of T20 experience and has emerged as a better player. He is a good aggressive opener who can put pressure on the bowlers straight away. Recently he also scored a century against the Sydney Sixers.
Teams like RCB who must be looking for a swashbuckling opening batsman must be having their eyes on him in the auction. He could have a really good IPL season.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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