Yuvraj Singh, Shami, Axar Patel in the Rs. 1 crore price bracket; Maxwell, Finch opt out
The IPL auction is expected to be less spicy, considering most of the business has already been done in the transfer window and also that major international players would be giving it a miss due to the upcoming the upcoming World Cup. In fact, there is no Indian in the Rs. 2 crore bracket. Nonetheless, there may be some very interesting picks on offer for the franchise owners.
Surprisingly, the maximum base price that has been listed among the Indian players is by Jaydev Unadkat (Rs 1.5 crore).
Even though he had a disappointing season last year, he was the most expensive Indian in the last auction, having been signed by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 11.5 crores. It seems as though history might repeat itself once again.
Elsewhere, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Shami, and Axar Patel have priced themselves in the Rs 1 crore club. Yuvraj Singh had a difficult season last year, where he could score just 65 runs in 8 matches for Kings XI Punjab, who had bought him for his base price of Rs. 2 crores. However, things might be difficult for Singh this time around, considering he was dropped by the Punjab state team for the current Ranji trophy season. Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma too has gone for the price bracket of Rs. 1 crore.
Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch of Australia have decided to opt out of the IPL auctions this time keeping in mind the heavy schedule in the first half of next year along with the World Cup in England.
Australia is scheduled to play a long summer against India before they feature in the World Cup in June-July. Immediately after that, they would be playing the Ashes series in England.
Nonetheless, it was the 20-year-old Sam Curran who made the headlines with putting a Rs 2 crore price tag on himself. Joining him is Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Lasith Malinga who is also trying his luck in the same price bracket. He was part of the coaching staff at the Mumbai Indians last season.
Maxwell was bought for Rs. 9 crores by Delhi Capitals last season but was released because of a lack of form.
Finch too featured for only one season for his team, after being picked up by Kings XI Punjab for Rs. 6.2 crores. They are joined by fellow countrymen Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, who will also not be a part of the next edition of Indian Premier League.
Experienced international stars such as Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum, Shaun Marsh, Angelo Mathews, D’Arcy Short, and Chris Woakes have all priced themselves in the Rs 2 crore price bracket. South Africa speedster Dale Steyn has chosen to go with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore.
The 2019 IPL Auction, that is scheduled to happen on 18th December, has garnered as many as 1003 registrations for the 70 spots. The figure includes 746 uncapped Indian players and 232 overseas players.