Leading up to the eagerly awaited IPL 2024 auction, Indian cricket veteran Ravi Ashwin has captured the attention of the cricketing community with his unique predictions presented through the language of cricket shots. Widely recognized for his perceptive analyses, Ashwin had previously collaborated with renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle on a podcast series covering the World Cup journey. The upcoming IPL 2024 auction is scheduled to occur at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai on December 19.
Demonstrating his distinctive approach, Ashwin has anticipated potential price ranges for several notable players in the impending auction, using cricketing shots as metaphors to illustrate his predictions. His recent insights into the IPL auction landscape have garnered significant interest, particularly his forecasts for key players leading up to the auction. Ashwin has notably projected substantial earnings for the Australian pace duo of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh compared to other players in the upcoming auction.
Ashwin’s Price Range According to Shots
Defense: 2 -4 crores
Drive: 4 – 7 crores
Pull: 7 – 10 crores
Slog: 10-14 crores
Helicopter shot: 14+ crores
In a captivating disclosure, Ashwin suggested that bids for TN batsman Shahrukh Khan might fall within the range of 10 to 14 crores. Similarly, New Zealand’s Rachin Ravindra‘s ‘cover drive,’ according to the off-spinner, hinted at a prospective valuation of 4 to 7 crores. Speculating on the potential earnings of bowlers, the Tamil Nadu bowler proposed that Harshal Patel could potentially command a price ranging from 7 to 10 crores. As per Ashwin’s assessments, Rovman Powell and Gerald Coetzee were anticipated to be in the brackets of 4 to 7 crores and 7 to 10 crores, respectively. Notable surprises in Ashwin’s predictions included Australian star Travis Head, expected to secure bids in the range of 2 to 4 crores, and Indian pacer Umesh Yadav, projected to go for 4 to 7 crores, according to his fellow Indian cricketer Ashwin.
Nevertheless, the focus of the carrom ball expert’s predictions revolved around the prominent figures of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. Using the analogy of the ‘Helicopter shot,’ he foresaw these top-tier bowlers attracting bids exceeding the impressive 14-crore mark, indicating significant financial acquisitions.