The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for the next season is going to be held on December 18 in Jaipur. As many as 346 cricketers around the world will go under the hammer for 70 available spots in all the 8 IPL teams. These 346 players have been shortlisted from the list 1,003 registered players.
For the next year’s IPL, seven players have placed themselves in the highest bracket of Rs 2 crore. Interestingly, no Indian player figures in the highest price bracket of Rs 2. Chris Woakes, Brendon McCullum, Shaun Marsh, Lasith Malinga, Corey Anderson, Colin Ingram, D’Arcy Short, Sam Curran and Angelo Mathews have opted to be slotted in the highest bracket.
Around 746 Indian players are hopeful of earning their fortune in IPL Auctions 2019. Let’s take a sneak-peek at top 5 Indian domestic first-timers who can possibly stand strong at the upcoming auctions.
1. Ravikumar Samarth (Rs 20 Lakh Base Price)
The 25-year-old made his first-class debut for Karnataka in the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season and has been around for a while now. His biggest assets are his solid batting style and unwavering consistency. Samarth top-scored for Karnataka in the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy and would certainly be one of the options that the franchises would be eager to bag.
2. Rajneesh Gurbani (Rs 20 Lakh Base Price)
It became a point of debate when despite being the second-highest wicket-taker in the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season; Rajneesh Gurbani went unsold at the IPL 2018 auctions. His hat-trick against Delhi in the Ranji Trophy last year was also widely appreciated.
The right-arm medium pacer may not be express but consistently hits over the 130 kmph mark and also skids off the surface. His bowling style is a bit like Bhuvneshwar Kumar with his stock delivery leaving the right-hander.
3. Arun Karthik (Rs 20 Lakh Base Price)
Arun Karthik is a name that needs no introduction in the cricketing circles of Tamil Nadu. Karthik guided his side Madurai Panthers to the title with an unbeaten 75 in a low scoring final this year. He showed exemplary judgment and nous to achieve the feat. Karthik pocketed the player of the tournament as he ended as the highest run-getter with 472 runs at an average of almost 80! These 472 runs also included six half-centuries.
4. Kedar Devdhar (Rs 20 Lakh Base Price)
Looks like Baroda’s Kedar Devdhar has his top-gear at the perfect time. With an unbeaten hundred against Vidarbha, duly backed up with a mammoth 224 against Saurashtra in the current Ranji season, Kedar Devdhar would have come in sight of the IPL scouts.
The Baroda born wicket-keeper showed his skills in the shortest format of the game with 411 runs from eight T20 games in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year at an average of 58.71. In the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well, Devdhar shone with 401 runs from seven lists-A games, including two big centuries.
5. Diwesh Pathania (Rs 20 Lakh Base Price)
Diwesh Pathania shot into the spotlight when he made a dream debut for Services in the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season. The Army man bagged nine wickets in his first match and has been going strong since.
Interestingly, the right-arm medium pacer started playing the sport seriously only in 2010. At 29 years of age, Diwesh does not have too much time left being a pacer. Hence, he is giving it his all now. In the ongoing Ranji season, he has pocketed 25 wickets from 5 matches at 22.28 apiece and best match figures of 8/90.
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