Seven players to look out for in IPL Auction 2020

The Indian Premier League auction has over the years witnessed several bidding wars between the leading franchises as they tried to outwit their opponents while going for a marquee player.

Sometimes we have witnessed rookie players being sold for unbelievable amount of money . This is because of a bidding war between the teams. IPL Auction for 2019 is scheduled on 19th December, 2019.

The auction will start at 2.30 pm in Kolkata. The IPL auction list consists of 971 players who have registered for auction this year.

The auction will be telecasted in Start Sports( the IPL broadcasting channel) in India. Out of these 971 players, 713 of them are Indian and 258 are overseas players. However, they will be contesting for only 73 spots.
The country-wise list of overseas players is as below – 19 from Afghanistan; 55 from Australia, 6 from Bangladesh; 22 from England, one from Netherlands, 24 from New Zealand; 54 from South Africa, 39 from Sri Lanka, one from USA, 34 from West Indies and 3 from Zimbabwe.

Every IPL franchise goes into the auction with a pool of money and they have their respective strategies and budgets in place for certain players.

It is when the choice and interest of two or more teams collide, that we see a bidding war which most certainly helps the player get an astronomical amount. It will be interesting to see who will be the most expensive player.

The auction has always surprised us with a surprise pick who becomes Millionaire in a matter of minutes. The highest base price will be 2000000 USD.

With the IPL auction slated for December 19 in Kolkata, here are three players who we think have the talent that could lead to a bidding war –

Chris Lynn

The Australian was released by Kolkata Knight Riders which was a rather bizarre move as Lynn showed his pedigree in the just-concluded Abu Dhabi T10 league.

He found form at just the right moment and hence, could be a hot property at the auctions.

KKR might want to get him back, but there are other sides who too could look at Lynn to beef up their options. Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals could be the other sides who could go full throttle for Lynn. Interesting times ahead!

Colin de Grandhomme

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The New Zealand all-rounder was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore. This could open a bidding war for him as he ticks a number of boxes.

He is a powerful hitter, a very canny bowler and an extremely safe fielder – all the traits which make him a lucrative T20 option.

Teams like Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and even Kings XI Punjab could go after him and get him in their ranks for the upcoming season.

Tom Banton

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Tom Banton is England’s newest T20 sensation. He had a stellar campaign in the NatWest T20 blast. He peeled off 549 runs at a staggering strike-rate of 161.47. The national side also picked him and he impressed people with his strokes and promise.

He has a very solid technique and which could hold him good stead when he faces the slower bowlers in India on sluggish pitch.

In a conversation, he has already named Mumbai Indians as his favourite side and hence, it would be interesting to see if the defending champions go after him.

Virat Singh

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Virat Singh was one of the standout performers in the just concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for his team. In 10 matches, he scored 343 runs at an average of 57.17.

He enjoyed a strike rate above 100 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In the Deodhar Trophy, the 21-year-old played a game-changing 76 while batting alongside Axar Patel for India C against India B.

“If you look at his Deodhar trophy numbers, he (Virat Singh) is averaging at 80 and still striking at 101 and if he is able to do that in a 50-over format, you know he has got the fire power to play the 20-over match,” said former India opener Aakash Chopra while speaking at Star Sports show Game plan..

Shimron Hetmyer 

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Shimron Hetmyer came to limelight in West Indies tour of India in 2018 for his hard hitting where he scored 106 off 78 in the first ODI followed by 94 off 64 balls.

Royal Challengers Bangalore immediately bid and got him in the previous auction foe whopping 4.2 crores.
However, he had a dismal show and could not show his class in the last IPL. He could score only 90 runs in 5 matches with a strike rate of 123.3 with only one fifty(75). That is why he has been released by Royal Challengers Bangalore this year.

Marcus Stoinis

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Marcus Stoinis was released by RCB ahead of the auction after a decent season with them. His release is a bit of a puzzle because his stats from last season were pretty impressive.

Stoinis scored 211 runs from 10 matches averaging 52.75 at a good strike-rate of 135.25. He did not enough chances with the ball, but picked up 2 wickets bowling his medium pace.

The Aussie all-rounder is a very flexible batsman and can bat in all positions – right from opening the innings, to handling the lower order at No. 7.

He is a very mature cricketer and can change gears very quickly. Ideally suited to batting at No. 5 or 6, he can solve SRH’s middle-order issues while also being capable of providing 4 overs with the ball.
The 30-year old has cemented his place in the national ODI and is an integral part of the Melbourne Stars in the BBL, where he opens the batting.

He has scored over 1700 runs in 84 T20 innings at a solid average of 28.27 and has picked up 61 wickets as well.

Jimmy Neesham

After going unsold in last season’s auction, Jimmy Neesham has had a dramatic turnaround of fortunes in 2019. He’s one of the most sought-after T20 all-rounders right now and is sure to attract heavy bidding at the auction.

The Kiwi all-rounder was brilliant in the World Cup with both bat and ball and has carried that form to subsequent tournaments as well.
He did pretty well for the Trinbago Knight Riders in CPL 2019, picking up 11 wickets at a good bowling strike-rate of 14.9.

Neesham played very well for the national side in the recent home series against England as he scored 63 runs at a solid average of 31.50 and a great strike-rate of 165.78.

He also showed his big-hitting abilities when he scored 34 runs in one over against Sri Lanka in January 2019.
Neesham is a perfect middle-order batsman and can bat anywhere from No. 5 to No. 7 in addition to being a wicket-taking bowler. SRH lacked someone to provide the flourish towards the end of the innings last year, and Neesham can fill that gap.

Though the bidding for the Kiwi is likely to go high, SRH should go all out to get the player who can complete their team.

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