Michael Bracewell IPL 2023: Michael Bracewell in IPL auction price and team

Gurpreet Singh
|Published 18/01/2023

Kiwi allrounder Michael Bracewell managed to nearly stun the Hyderabad crowd into silence, which only breathed a sigh of relief the moment he got dismissed during the last Over of the first ODI between India and New Zealand.

Smashing his second century in the format which also happens to be best individual score – 140 off 78 deliveries, Bracewell nearly absolutely punctured the spirit of the Indian team, until Shardul Thakur ended his onslaught by trapping him in front of the stumps with 13 runs required off the final 5 deliveries.

En route the stiff target of 350 runs, the 31-year-old fell short by mere 12 runs after nearly pulling off an improbable chase, which surely would have been remembered distinctly by the cricketing fraternity for many a years to come.

The greatness of his knock lies in the situation under which it was played in. With the New Zealand scorecard reading 131/6 after 29 Overs, the duo of Bracewell and Mitchell Santner (57 off 45) kept going on with their heads down one Indian bowler at a time.

With the Indians keeping on considering it just a matter of time, the duo stitched together the highest seventh wicket partnership by a New Zealand pair in ODIs versus India – 162 off 102 deliveries.

Michael Bracewell IPL 2023

Bracewell was indeed one of the 132 overseas players who were part of last month’s mini auction ahead of IPL 2023. The allrounder had his base price at INR 1 Crore, but unfortunately found no takers from either of the ten franchises during the accelerated round of the auction.

He thus, will not participate in the 16th edition of the IPL, set to begin in just over two months from now.

The 31-year-old rose to prominence during his fourth ODI innings, against Ireland in Dublin last year, when he smashed his maiden ODI century – 127* off 82 balls.

With his team needing 20 runs off the final Over, Bracewell smashed 3 Fours and a couple of Sixes to notch-up a memorable victory for the Kiwis.

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Gurpreet Singh

Even before persuing his post-graduate diploma in English journalism from IIMC, Gurpreet was certain that Cricket had to be the driving force to keep him sane and optimistic in all life-related matters. Hailing from Ranchi and having represented Jharkhand at the Under-14 level, he believes that the more you keep digging in while understanding the nitty-gritty of a sport, the more humble you become with the realisation that you hardly know anything!

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