As the Indian Premier League [IPL] 2017’s auction approaches, and the franchise think tanks sit down to chalk out prospective purchases, we take you through their potential shopping carts.
Unlike most years, this is expected to be a largely subdued IPL auction with a few accelerated bids, but more buys at realistic prices.
Most teams seem to have the core of their players fixed and are in need of specialists to either give them that extra edge or add greater depth.
A key factor in this year’s IPL auction will be that most South African and English players will leave in the first week of May for their bilateral series in England before the ICC Champions Trophy.
So, while some of the teams would want to cash-in on big names from both nations, they will have to make provisions for the void that these names will leave once they exit for international duties.
DELHI DAREDEVILS [DD]
Always known as shoppers who spend so much for so little reward at every auction, Delhi Daredevils put up a spirited performance in the previous season under the guidance of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan.
They have let go of seven players from their squad, ranging from the surprising in Imran Tahir to the less so in Pawan Negi.
In hindsight, releasing Tahir seems like a smart move from DD as South African players won’t be available for the business end of the tournament. They are now looking for overseas replacements for star all-rounder Chris Morris and wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock who will both (along with JP Duminy) leave midway through the season.
Delhi should also ideally look for someone with a little more experience in the middle-order which at the moment is full of youngsters.
GUJARAT LIONS [GL]
The Lions had a prolific debut season where they topped the table during the league stage, but eventually ended up losing both their playoff games. The Lions released six players from their squad, which still looks pretty solid.
On almost all fronts, Gujarat’s squad looks quite balanced and ready to go. Their star all-rounder DJ Bravo did sustain an injury during the Big Bash League [BBL] and they might look for a backup.
Apart from that, they seem pretty sorted on most fronts and may only look to buy a couple of good spinners.
KING XI PUNJAB [KXIP]
Despite ending at the bottom of the table in the previous season, KXIP released only four players and retained 19 from the squad last year. While it might seem ludicrous on the face of it, the squad does pack some power on paper.
Of a few mandatory buys that KXIP should make this season, one is definitely an overseas fast bowler as they don’t have a single one in their entire squad at the moment.
On top of that, they should also be looking for an Indian spin bowling all-rounder who can lend the team some balance which they desperately crave.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS [KKR]
With one of the heaviest purses and leanest squads, KKR will go all guns blazing this auction.
They released Colin Munro, lost Andre Russell because of a doping violation and are left with just Shakib Al Hasan and Chris Lynn as their only two overseas batsmen.
Expect KKR to change all that, add a fast bowler and also a replacement for Russell (Ben Stokes maybe?).
MUMBAI INDIANS [MI]
Mumbai Indians has a solid core that they dislike experimenting with, regardless of the little match-experience that their players might have had in the recent past.
Despite releasing eight players, they have a squad of 20, most of whom are domestic players, which allows them to juggle from the talent pool they have developed over the years.
Mumbai will surely look for an opening batsman who can give them much needed firepower up top. This would preferably be an overseas batsman since they only have Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler and Lendl Simmons as foreign players in their squad and Jos Buttler leaving early.
Mumbai will also look at all-rounders, preferably of the fast bowling type who can cover for Pollard and also their main quicks as Mitchell McClenaghan and Lasith Malinga are making comebacks from injury.
RISING PUNE SUPERGIANTS [RPS]
Not much clicked for them in the last season where they looked quite at sea against most of the opponents and led to them releasing the maximum number of players from their squad – 11.
Since then, they brought in hard-hitting batsman Mayank Agarwal from the Delhi Daredevils.
Out the exit door are six fast bowlers, so they are definitely on the lookout for pacers, both Indian and overseas. They are also looking at cover for their overseas players.
With Murugan Ashwin off their roster, they will also be looking for another spinner [preferably Indian] to strengthen them on that front. A spin-bowling all-rounder would solve their purpose better, though.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE [RCB]
The best batting unit in the tournament, with a skipper in Virat Kohli who can on his day [which occur 365 times a year at the moment] win you games all on his own.
RCB are essentially thinking bowlers, bowlers and more bowlers. Last year, they couldn’t capitalise on Mitchell Starc owing to an injury, and without a spearhead, their bowling looked haywire. Despite releasing ten players, they still have a squad of 20.
The Bengaluru-based franchise also have another conundrum to fight, with eight foreign players in their squad already, they can only buy one more.
With an assorted buffet of some amazing talents including the likes of Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes, and Tymal Mills, it’d be tough for them to zero in on one and go all out.
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD [SRH]
The defending champions and the best bowling unit in the tournament, SunRisers has one department sorted for them, while the other pose questions. They were, by far, a pretty lackadaisical batting outfit in the previous season.
They have released some big names from their squad including England limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan, New Zealand pacer Trent Boult and Indian leg-spinner Karn Sharma.
As a result, they are on the lookout for an overseas batsman and a fast bowler. Unlike other teams, SRH should also ideally look for a spinner.
The Indian Premier League [IPL] auction in the past has thrown up a lot of surprises. Some big players have gone unsold while unknown cricketers have found stardom after fetching huge money at the auction.
Players like KC Cariappa and M Ashwin, over the last two editions of the league, were bought at high prices which caught fans by surprise.
This time, again, it is expected to be no different as the franchises will surely have done plenty of research on Indian domestic cricketers.
Here, we look at five uncapped Indian players who could go for a fortune in the 2017 IPL auction.
Tamil Nadu haven’t been known to produce a lot of fast bowlers over the years, but that trend might be changing now. T Natarajan is among the crop of quicks who led Tamil Nadu to the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy in 2016/17.
Natarajan made his name in the Tamil Nadu Premier League in 2016, taking 10 wickets. With his yorkers and variations in the death overs, expect a few teams to be interested in his services.
It’s not easy for a bowler to break into the Karnataka team, with the state boasting a strong bowling unit. K Gowtham, though, took his opportunity with both hands this season and became one of the key components of his state team in the Ranji Trophy.
What makes Gowtham a valuable asset is that apart from his off-spin, he is also a handy batsman. He may have a low batting average in T20 cricket but his strike-rate of 166.66 is really impressive.
Although he has led Mumbai to the Ranji Trophy title, Aditya Tare’s most famous moment came when he hit a six off James Faulkner to guide Mumbai Indians into the IPL playoffs against Rajasthan Royals in 2014.
Tare was with the SunRisers Hyderabad last season, but didn’t play a big part in their title-winning campaign and was subsequently released. As a wicket-keeper, who is very good with the bat in hand, expect there to be some demand for the Mumbai Ranji captain.
There are not many good T20 Indian fast bowlers available in the auction and that should open the door for Mohammed Siraj. The 22-year-old averages 17.18 with an economy rate of 7.05 from 10 T20 matches.
He was very impressive in the recently concluded inter-state zonal T20 tournament which would have surely caught the eye of the franchises.
Prithvi Shaw made the news in 2013 when, as a 14-year-old, he slammed 546 runs from 330 balls in a Harris Shield match, which was an Indian record in school cricket back then.
At the age of 17, Shaw made his first-class debut earlier this year in the Ranji Trophy and struck a century in his first game. He is also an integral part of the Indian U-19 team at the moment.
Prithvi Shaw most talented 17-yr-old since @sachin_rt. Has scored 239 in 4 innings for Mumbai in Ranji debut. Will play for India soon— Minhaz Merchant (@MinhazMerchant) January 13, 2017
The much-anticipated Indian Premier League [IPL] auction is closing in with the eight franchises looking to add more muscle to their squads ahead of the 2017 season.
The IPL was won by SunRisers Hyderabad [SRH] last season after they beat favourites Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] by eight runs in a thrilling final.
The 2017 season will begin on April 5 with a re-match of last year’s final and end on May 21.
This season, a number of new players including the likes of Ben Stokes and Kagiso Rabada will go into the auction for the first time. There are also the likes of Eoin Morgan, Ishant Sharma and Mitchell Johnson who will go under the hammer after being released by their previous franchises.
A total of 351 players will be available at the auction, but a large majority of them are expected to go unsold as there are very few slots left in the squads of the franchises.
Date: February 20, 2017 [Monday]
Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Bengaluru
WHERE TO WATCH, LIVE STREAMING INFO
Likely to be telecasted on Sony Six, Sony Six HD in India.
MONEY AVAILABLE TO EACH TEAM
|Delhi Daredevils||₹23.1 cr [Dh12.5m]|
|Gujarat Lions||₹14.35 cr [Dh7.4m]|
|Kings XI Punjab||₹23.35 cr [Dh12.7m]|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||₹19.75 cr [Dh10.8m]|
|Mumbai Indians||₹11.555 cr [Dh6.3m]|
|Rising Pune Supergiants||₹17.5 cr [Dh9.6m]|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||₹17.825 cr [Dh9.8m]|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||₹20.9 cr [Dh11.4m]|
PLAYERS RETAINED BY EACH TEAM
Delhi Daredevils: JP Duminy, Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock, Karun Nair, Sam Billings, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Rishabh Pant, CV Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh.
Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik, Shadab Jakati, Jaydev Shah.
Kings XI Punjab: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Murali Vijay, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Andre Russell, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajpoot.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Parthiv Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, R Vinay Kumar, Mitchell McClenaghan, J Suchith, Siddesh Lad, Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia.
Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis, Mitchell Marsh, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal (transferred from Delhi Daredevils).
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Iqbal Abdullah, KL Rahul, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi.
SunRisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Moises Henriques, Mustafizur Rahman, Naman Ojha, Deepak Hooda, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Barinder Sran, Abhimanyu Mithun, Vijay Shankar.
PLAYERS AVAILABLE IN IPL AUCTION
Base Price – ₹2 crore [Dh1.09m]
Eoin Morgan*, Angelo Mathews*, Ben Stokes*, Pat Cummins*, Mitchell Johnson*, Ishant Sharma, Chris Woakes*.
Base Price – ₹1.5 crore [Dh810,000]
Jonny Bairstow*, Kyle Abbott*, Trent Boult*, Brad Haddin*, Jason Holder*, Nathan Lyon*.
Base Price -₹1 crore [Dh550,000]
Alex Hales*, Jason Roy*, Kagiso Rabada*, Corey Anderson*, Nathan Coulter-Nile*, Marlon Samuels*, Daniel Christian*, Grant Elliot*, Andile Phehlukwayo*.
Base Price – ₹50 lakh [Dh275,000]
Martin Guptill*, Ross Taylor*, Chris Jordan*, Irfan Pathan, Dinesh Chandimal*, Tymal Mills*, Brad Hogg*, Imran Tahir*, Mohammad Shahzad*, Rashid Khan*, Darren Bravo*, Evin Lewis*, Nic Maddinson*, Cheteshwar Pujara, Manoj Tiwary, Thisara Perera*, Kusal Perera*, Matt Henry*, Callum Ferguson*, Colin Munro*, James Neesham*, Wayne Parnell*, Lockie Ferguson*, Mitchell Santner*, Suranga Lakmal*, Yasir Arafat*, Jerome Taylor*, Farveez Maharoof*.
Base Price – ₹30 lakh [Dh165,000]
Faiz Fazal, Saurabh Tiwary, Sean Abbott*, Pawan Negi, Johnson Charles*, Andre Fletcher*, Ben Dunk*, Nicholas Pooran*, Pragyan Ojha, Ish Sodhi*, Lakshan Sandakan*, Unmukt Chand, Michael Klinger*, Mohammad Nabi*, Eklavya Dwivedi, Nathu Singh, Mitchell Swepson*, Subramaniam Badrinath, Abhinav Mukund, Farhaan Behardien, Rishi Dhawan, Parveez Rasool, Karn Sharma, David Wiese*, Anamul Haque*, Niroshan Dickwella*, Shane Dorwich*, Varun Aaron, Manpreet Gony, Ben Laughlin*, Pankaj Singh, RP Singh, Billy Stanlake*, Jaydev Unadkat, Fawad Ahmed*, Michael Beer*, Rahul Sharma, Akila Dananjaya*, Ben Dwarshuis*, Dawlat Zadran*, Neil Broom*, Tom Bruce*, Joe Burns*, Theunis De Bruyn*, Asela Gunarathna*, Sam Heazlett*, Tamim Iqbal*, Kusal Mendis*, Johan Botha*, Abhishek Nayar, Rovman Powell*, Darren Sammy*, Parvinder Awana, Shannon Gabriel*, Ben Hilfenhaus*, Lahiru Kumara*, Munaf Patel, Lungisani Ngidi*, Anton Devcich*, Rayad Emrit*, Colin De Grandhomme*, Jeevan Mendis*, Seekkuge Prasanna*, Dwaine Pretorius*, Jesse Ryder*, Joginder Sharma, Taskin Ahmed*, Dushmantha Chameera*, Sheldon Cottrell*, Miguel Cummins*, Krishmar Santokie*, Ben Wheeler*, Kesrick Williams*, Alex Ross*, Ben Cooper*, Dhananjaya De Silva*, Jonathan Carter*, Thikshila De Silva*, Nathan McCullum*, Mehedi Hasan Miraz*, Angelo Perera*, Sabbir Rahman*, Dasun Shanka*, Mahmud Ullah*,Jack Wildermuth*, Robbie Frylinck*, Ramesh Mendis*, Malinda Pushpakumara*.
Base Price – ₹20 lakh [Dh110,000]
Asghar Stanikzai*, Aditya Tare, Rajagopal Sathish, Nitin Saini, Dishant Yagnik, Mohammed Siraj, Ronsford Beaton*, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Manprit Juneja, Jalaj Saxena, Raymon Reifer*, Shamar Springer*, Chris Green*, Ashton Turner*.
Base Price – ₹10 lakh [Dh55,000]
Tanmay Agarwal, Ankeet Bawane, Umang Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Dubey, Praveen Dubey, K Gowtham, Rush Kalaria, Mahipal Lomror, Aksh Deep Nath, Priyank Panchal, Manan Sharma, Rahul Tewatia, Mohit Ahlawat, Manvinder Bisla, Shreevats Goswami, Vishnu Vinod, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Aniket Choudhary, T Natarajan, Umar Nazir, Navdeep Saini, Pawan Suyal, Basil Thampy, Tejas Singh Baroka, M Ashwin, Mayank Dagar, Sarabjeet Ladda, Pravin Tambe, Akshay Wakhare, Shishir Bhavane, Rajesh Bishnoi, Pramod Chandila, Paras Dogra, Aditya Garhwal, Amandeep Khare, R Samarth, Himanshu Rana, D’Arcy Short*, Apoorv Vijay Wankhade, Akash Bhandari, Rujul Haren Bhatt, Jay Gokul Bista, Aamir Gani, Akhil Herwadkar, Pankaj Jaswal, Kishore Pramod Kamath, Ashok Menaria, Ashish Reddy, CM Gautam, Arun Karthik, Gitansh Khera, Mahesh Rawat, Rishi Arothe, Sayan Ghosh, Kanishk Seth, Vikas Tokas, Sandeep Warrier, Bhargav Bhatt, Rahul Chahar, Syed Mehdi Hasan, Varun Khanna, Saurabh Kumar, Rajwinder Singh, Prashant Chopra, Kumar Deobrat, Pavan Deshpande, Arjit Gupta, Pratyush Kumar, Rinku Singh, Tanmay Srivastava, Paul Valthaty, Chirag Jani, Akshay Karnewar, Milind Kumar, Amit Mishra, Yogesh Nagar, Biplab Samantray, Shashank Singh, Karanveer Singh, Milind Tandon, Ian Dev Singh, N Jagadeesan, Ben McDermott*, Glenn Phillips*, Nakul Sharma, Jaskaranveer Singh, Akshay Chauhan, Tushar Deshpande, KM Asif, Kulwant Khejroliya, Amit Mishra, Ronit More, Babashafi Pathan, Rahul Shukla, Veer Pratap Singh, Tanveery Ulhaq, K Vignesh, Yuvraj Chudasama, Vijay Gohil, Rahul Kanojia, Sai Kishore, Shakti Malviya, Rahil Shah, Ankit Lamba, Amit Pachhara, Sarthak Ranjan, Jonty Sidhu, Tajendra Singh, Virat Singh, Chirag Suri*, Rassie van der Dussen*, Shamsher Yadav, Fabid Farook Ahmed, Subodh Bhati, Shivam Chauhan, Ritwik Chowdhury, Puneet Datey, Syed Mohammad, Sumit Narwal, Shivam Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ajay Ahlawat, Manjeet Kumar Chaudhary, Ishwar Chaudhary, Stephen Cheepurapalli, Aswin Crist, Deepak Dalal, Pritam Das, Nikit Dhumal, Ravi Kiran, Prasidh Krishna, Siddarth Trivedi, Paidakalva Vijaykumar, Kuldeep Hooda, Baba Indrajith, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Anirudha Joshi, Manisankar Murasingh, Shubham Ranjane , Atit Sheth, Amitoze Singh, Vishnu Solanki, Shubham Mavi, M. Mohammed, Ponam Ponia, Ananta Saha, Chandrakant Sakure, Anupam Amrut Sanklecha, Shelley Shaurya, Vikash Singh, Baltej Singh, Nishan Singh, T Pradeep, Shubham Agarwal, Khalid Ahmad, Dafedar Khizar Anwar, Sarfaraz Ashraf, Jaskarandeep Singh, Vinod Kumar, Washington Sundar, Amit Verma, Hiten Dalal, Antony Dhas, Saurabh Dubey, Vinay Galetiya, Kaushik Gandhi, Nikhil Gangta, Arindam Ghosh, Vijay Rajendra Jethi, Christiaan Jonker*, Karan Kaila, Ankit Kaushik, Parth Kohli, Dasari Swaroop Kumar, Vishal Kushwah, Prerak Mankad, Sanjay Pahal, Kavish Panchal, Diwesh Pathania, Rohan Prem, Sumit Ruikar, Shaurya Sanandia, Hardik Sethi, Azhar Shaikh, Dhruv Shorey, Chandra Pal Singh, Kaushal Singh, Himmat Singh, Nick Buchanan*, Writtick Chatterjee, Rituraj Singh, Ankit Soni, Varun Sood, Vysak V, Parikshit Valsangkar, Suraj Yadav , Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi.
* indicates foreign player