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5 Underrated Players who Could Trigger a Bidding War at IPL Auctions 2019

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The preface to the most-awaited T20 league Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 is almost near.  Just as the few edging players in the 346 shortlisted names hope for the best, the fans would also keep their fingers crossed about their favourite sides making the right moves at the auction table on 18th December at Jaipur.

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The IPL auction is a great chance for less reputed players to let the world cricket know their presence. For 2019 IPL, where most of the people are busy talking about the superstars of the game, here we present five players who could go big at the auctions this time around despite not being so popular.

#Shivam Dubey (India)

Base price: Rs 20 lakh

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A fast bowling all-rounder from India is a rarity and when one emerges from obscurity, he is more often than not the toast of the nation. The latest seam bowling all-rounder to make headlines is Mumbaikar Shivam Dubey, who bats left-handed and bowls right-arm medium pace. He turned heads last month during the Ranji Trophy when he smashed a 139-ball 114 and returned with the ball to deliver a nagging spell.

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Dubey was instantly the talk of the nation and before the big IPL auctions, the all-rounder has played smart and put up a base price of just Rs 20 lakh in order to attract more bids. In the past, we have seen small-scale Indian domestic players who place low base prices for themselves going big in the auctions and Dubey could be one such superstar this year.

T20 career numbers: Mat – 13, Runs – 189, Batting average – 23.62, SR – 147.65, Wickets – 10, bowling average – 26.30

#Anrich Nortje (South Africa)

Base price: Rs 20 lakh

Considering that the IPL could also be staged in South Africa this time, Nortje’s extra zip, pace and knowledge of surfaces could work in his favour at the auctions. He’d surely be recommended by some of the players who faced him and we could see a bidding war for this exciting fast bowler.

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T20 career numbers: Matches – 12, Wickets – 19, Average – 13.73, ER – 6.47

#Glenn Phillips (New Zealand)

Base price: Rs 50 lakh

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An opening batsman and wicket-keeper, Phillips was the star of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in 2018 for Jamaica Tallawahs, topping the run charts with 457 runs at 41.54 and a strike rate of 146.94.

Opening the batting, Phillips smashed a 63-ball 109 in the eliminator against St Kitts and Nevis but ended up on the losing side. He scored the most sixes in the season and should attract a few bidders at a base price of Rs 50 lakh. Several franchises could be interested in him, given that he is an opener with a high strike-rate also capable of wicket keeping the role.

T20 career numbers: Matches – 49, Runs – 1,415, Average – 32.15, Strike Rate – 133.61

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#Oshane Thomas (West Indies)

Base price: Rs 50 lakh

Image Source: Sky Sports

The 6 ft-plus tall Oshane Thomas turned heads during the recent T20I series against India when he set the pace gun on fire and had the Indian batsmen hopping on their feet. He consistently clocked over 145 kmph and had the wood over Shikhar Dhawan in the series, which would surely have caught the attention of a few franchises.

T20 career numbers: Matches- 17, Wickets – 26, Average – 19.73, ER – 8.27

#Joe Denly (England)

Base price: Rs 1 crore

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In 2017, Joe topped the averages for Kent in both the County Championship and the T20 competition and broke into the England T20I squad, which seemed relatively impenetrable given the plethora of talent. An opening batsman who is a regular leg-break bowler is worth his weight in gold in T20 cricket and Denly has surely done enough to warrant a big deal at the auctions this year.

T20 career numbers: Matches – 192, Runs – 4,864, Batting average – 28.44, SR – 122.98, Wickets – 28, Bowling average – 18.25, ER- 7.72

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