5 players who can be the most expensive buy in IPL 2020: The Sportsrush present before you five names who can attract highest amount on Thursday.
The auction for the 13th season of the Indian Premier League is scheduled to be held on the day after tomorrow in Kolkata. Despite the one-day event being a mini-auction, it is likely to write the fortunes of the franchises who released maximum players last month.
The 332 players which have been shortlisted for the auction comprise of 186 Indian (13 capped and 173 uncapped) players, 143 overseas players and three players from associate nations (25 capped players and 121 uncapped players).
Out of these 332 players, only seven overseas players have priced themselves at the highest base price of INR 2 crore. The highest base price for an Indian player is of wicket-keeper batsman Robin Uthappa (INR 1.5 crore), who was released by Kolkata Knight Riders after a long association.
5 players who can be the most expensive buy in IPL 2020 Auction
Having scored 8,440 runs in 272 T20s at an average of 35.76 and a strike rate of 143.92 including seven centuries and 56 half-centuries, Australia and Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch is undoubtedly among the best top-order batsmen in this format.
More than the batsman in Finch, franchises might opt for the leader in him. Having led Australia in 59 white-ball matches, the 33-year old player should initiate bidding wars in Kolkata on December 19.
It is worth mentioning that Finch becomes a better batsman when he captains the side. In 59 ODIs and T20Is as captain, Finch’s 2,252 runs have come at an average of 41.70 and a strike rate of 108.32 which better than his overall average and strike rate of 39.04 and 97.16 respectively.
T10 League – 371 runs in eight matches at an average of 53 and a strike rate of 236.30 including four half-centuries.
Global T20 – 295 runs in seven matches at an average of 42.14 and a strike rate of 186.70 including two half-centuries.
IPL 2018 – 405 runs in 13 matches at an average of 31.15 and a strike rate of 139.65 including four half-centuries.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) December 16, 2019
BBL 2018 – 385 runs in 14 matches at an average of 35 and a strike rate of 126.12 including four half-centuries.
There is no going into a safe house about the fact that Australia batsman Chris Lynn is a stellar name when it comes to batting in the shortest formats. Lynn’s reputation in addition to the aforementioned numbers of his performance in the last year easily puts him in the category of most sought-after names in the IPL auction.
A quintessential T20 batsman, the 29-year old batsman has it in him to change the course of the game for his team from the word go.
Irrespective of their current set of players, almost all Indian Premier League franchises would be looking to include at least one specialist overseas fast bowler in their squad.
With Pat Cummins undoubtedly being among the best fast bowlers present across formats, there is no need to mention the franchises will actively bid for him. The right-arm fast bowler might not be very active in T20 leagues but his international record should see him earning a hefty amount on Thursday.
In 25 T20Is, Cummins has picked 32 wickets at an average of 20.12, an economy rate of 6.77 and a strike rate of 17.8. It is worth mentioning that Cummins can contribute well down the order with the bat as well.
England all-rounder Sam Curran is another of those all-rounder who will be among the busiest players during this IPL auction. Him being a left-arm pacer is highly likely to work in his favour.
In the nine IPL matches that Curran played for Kings XI Punjab last year, he dismissed 10 batsmen at an average of 32.30, an economy rate of 9.78 and a strike rate of 19.80. While it was unexpected of Punjab to release Curran, don’t be surprised if they re-bid for the 21-year old player.
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With no left-arm fast bowler in their squad, Curran will fill that void for several teams. Curran, who scored a half-century for KXIP last season, has crossed the 50-run mark after being promoted in the batting order for his other T20 teams as well.
West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last IPL auction. While Hetmyer looked out-of-sorts in the first four matches, he scored a match-winning half-century in the last league match for RCB.
Much like KXIP and Curran, even Royal Challengers weren’t expected to release Hetmyer. With them having done the same, the southpaw will once again be among the favourites in the auction.
Having scored five centuries and four half-centuries in 41 ODIs at a strike rate of 107.17, the 22-year old sure has the game to dominate the T20 format.
What is highly likely to work in his favour is his game-changing fifth century against India in the first ODI of the ongoing West Indies’ tour of India. Having played a magnificent century less than a week before the auction, expect Hetmyer to do the rounds in the auction.
Yashasvi Jaiswal (special mention)
17-year old India U-19 and Mumbai batsman Yashavi Jaiswal is expected to entice franchises during IPL 2020 auction. A glimpse of Jaiswal’s tryst with run-making was made public when he scored his maiden List A double century against Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in October.
In nine List A matches till date, the southpaw has scored 677 runs at an average of 84.62 and a strike rate of 94.55 including three centuries and two half-centuries. While Jaiswal might not be the highest priced player, he is in likeliness of earning a handsome amount.