The IPL Auction is around and the Auction fever begins with very little time left for the auction. With ten teams in the auction, and some talented players, along with seasoned stars getting into the auction, the IPL Auction promises to be a cracker. Considering it is a mega auction, players may not go as high as Morris did last season, but there will still be some strong buys, and here are a few players who could potentially finish with the highest paychecks.
David Warner along with Ab De Villiers and Chris Gayle is the best overseas player in the IPL, and may also be a contender for the best player in IPL History. He has been around for a long time, and was the face of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the best part of seven years. However, a poor season for him along with injury and a fallout with the franchise sees David Warner back in the IPL Auction.
With new franchises, and franchises needing leaders, Warner`will be hot property. He is one of the best T20 Crickters in the World, and has an impeccable record as a leader in the IPL. His batting average is good, and Warner has the capability of defining games single-handedly. With a lot of assets, David Warner will be a big buy in the auction and he could well be the most expensive player in the IPL Auction for this season.
Young, aggressive and a wicket-keeper, Ishan Kishan has a lot of positives. He was one of the best batters in Mumbai Indians over the last four seasons, and was a key six-hitter for them. With age on his side, and the demand for wicket-keepers Ishan Kishan could be seen as a long term option. His old franchise will be eyeing him as well, and his rate could go up as franchises look to make things tougher for Mumbai Indians.
Shreyas Iyer was a core member of the Delhi Capitals, and his leadership ended a decade of struggles as Delhi began a playoff run in 2019. He transformed the Delhi Capitals, but an injury saw him lose captaincy and now Shreyas Iyer is looking for a team to lead. He is a good leader, and a consistent batter, but issues with the short-ball may bite him slightly. Nevertheless, his captaincy is a massive asset, and Iyer have some high bids on him in the IPL Auction.
All-rounders generally have a fair demand in auctions and looking at the form of Harshal Patel along with his performance last season, franchises will have an eye on him. Last season turned out to be a breakthrough season for him as he finished with 32 wickets. He bowled a lot of overs in the death, and has a handy slower ball along with a good yorker. Last seasons performance helped Harshal Patel break into the national side, and the all-rounder is enjoying a dream run. Along with his death bowling, Patel is a decent batter, and can provide sides with handy contributions lower down the order.
Shardul Thakur has been going through a dream run over the last two years. From the Gabba to the Oval, Shardul Thakur has helped India win many matches overseas. He is a handy all-rounder now as his batting has come into light with his consistent runs lower down the order, and his ability to break partnerships makes him a key strike-bowler. His all-round skills has made him an undroppable asset, and Shardul Thakur’s recent growth could leave him strongly placed to make a massive mark on the IPL Auctions. He will probably be among the most demanded players on the list, and could go home with a fat paycheck to compliment his recent growth.