MS Dhoni confident Chennai Super Kings will buy Ravichandran Ashwin in IPL auction

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Dhoni expects CSK to do their best to get Ashwin at the auction.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain and icon MS Dhoni has said that he fully expects the franchise to buy Ravichandran Ashwin during the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on January 27.

Dhoni, along with Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina, were the three players retained by the franchise on its return to the league after serving a two-year-suspension.

Local boy and India off-spinner Ashwin has been one of the key players for CSK over the years and will be one of the first names to come up in the auction when they take place.

“As I have said it is always a tough call (on who to retain). With Ashwin, you know we had done the same thing in the past. We will definitely go for him (Ashwin) in the auction. Ashwin definitely being a local lad, we want a lot of local players to be part of CSK,” the former India skipper said on the sidelines of a promotional event on Friday.

Ashwin has been an integral figure for CSK over the years.

Ashwin has been an integral figure for CSK over the years.

“We have two right-to-match options but having already retained three capped Indians, don’t think we can use it. We will have to buy him out in the auction. As of now, it is tough to say, we will get him or him or him. Ashwin will come first in the auction for us. But we will have to wait and watch. We will try to get him,” he added.

Ashwin meanwhile will be itching to show his Twenty20 prowess once again after missing out on limited-overs action with the Indian team.

The emergence of wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has seen them being favoured over the more experienced spin duo in ODIs and T20Is for India over the past year or so.

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Andrew Flintoff: Joe Root has earned the right to play in the IPL but ultimately it's all about money

Matt Jones 19/01/2018
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Joe Root displayed his class during the second ODI in Brisbane.

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff doesn’t expect the Indian Premier League to enhance Test captain Joe Root’s game or leadership and said while players come up with various reasons for their decision to play in the IPL, ultimately it’s all about the money.

“Players who go to IPL will come up with a lot of reasons for why they want to go – it’ll enhance their game, they’ll play with all these players from around the world. But essentially we all know why they’re going,” Flintoff told Sport360°, speaking in his role as an ambassador at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“You’re earning good money but don’t hide behind it. It’s a short career and players want to make money while they can. Joe didn’t go two or three years ago because he was concentrating on England. He’s done that now and now he fancies a crack at the IPL.”

England coach Trevor Bayliss had earlier urged Root to not play in India’s premier T20 tournament and instead preserve himself for tougher assignments ahead, which include series against India and Pakistan on home soil this summer.

But Root has put his name in the hat for the players’ auction which will take place on January 27-28. According to Bayliss, the 27-year-old doesn’t want to miss out on T20 cricket anymore and ‘fall behind’ in the shortest format.

Having seen international colleague Ben Stokes land a lucrative $2.1m (Dh7.7m) deal last year with Rising Pune Supergiant, Flintoff says it is understandable Root also wants to cash in.

Indeed, Flintoff feels the batsman has earned the right to play in the IPL, even if he doesn’t feel it will necessarily improve him as an all-round cricketer and skipper.

“I don’t know if the IPL will make him a better captain or player, I think he’ll become a richer player,” Flintoff said.

“He’s missed out in recent years because he’s been concentrating on England. The IPL, the Big Bash, all these tournaments, they’re rewards for playing well at international level and Joe’s done that.”

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff holds pads as Joe Root of England boxes ahead of a nets session at The Gabba on January 18, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Flintoff has great respect for Root.

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Five international players who could earn maiden call-up at IPL 2018 auction

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The IPL auction takes place on January 27-28.

Whenever the IPL makes a move, the cricketing world stops in its track. The T20 league is back with an even bigger edition after its broadcast rights were sold for $2.5 billion, allowing for a 20 per cent surge in players’ salary pool with $12m being distributed for each team.

Now more than 1,100 players from 13 countries including India go into the auction pool and will know their fate on January 27-28 when the teams, having already picked the players they want to retain, bid for their services.

With some of the biggest names in Indian and international cricket queuing up to get a piece of the IPL pie, we look at five ‘special’ international players hoping to make their IPL debut this season.

JOE ROOT

England batsman Joe Root lofts a ball away from Australia's bowling during their one-day international cricket match played at the MCG in Melbourne on January 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

Root is likely to chase the riches of the IPL.

The England Test captain has expressed his desire to test his mettle in the premier T20 tournament as he feels he is falling behind the likes of Kohli and Steven Smith in the race to be the best all-format all-condition batsman. After his match-winning 91 not out against the Aussies in the first ODI in Melbourne, it will be interesting to see how many teams line up for his signature even though he doesn’t come across as the most dynamic T20 player.

EVIN LEWIS

West Indies player Evin Lewis (C) bats as New Zealand's Ross Taylor (L) and Tom Latham (R) look on, during the second one-day international (ODI) cricket match between New Zealand and the West Indies at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on December 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marty MELVILLE (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

Lewis is capable of hitting big.

The West Indies southpaw has been labelled as the upgraded version of Chris Gayle. Lewis has reached three figures twice against India in T20s, even though his maiden ton in 2016 wasn’t enough for an IPL call-up. However, his whirlwind 125 not out in a T20 against the Indians off 62 balls in July and a superlative 176 off 130 balls during an ODI in England in September should make the marauding batsman an extremely attractive option.

NIROSHAN DICKWELLA

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 18: Niroshan Dickwella of Sri Lanka bats during the third One Day International match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Zayed Cricket Stadium on October 18, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Dickwella possesses a great strike rate.

The Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman is ideal for the shortest format. He is a reliable gloveman and his batting is innovative and fearless, with a strike rate of 140 in 42 T20s. And, his form hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Indians who played against the Islanders for back-to-back full series home and away within a matter of months late last year.

D’ARCY SHORT

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10: D'Arcy Short of the Hurricanes bats during the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Hobart Hurricanes at The Gabba on January 10, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Fine form: Short.

IPL franchises always keep an eye out for Aussie talent and Short is as exciting as they come. Even though he has a base price of just $40,000, expect some fierce bidding for him after the 27-year-old smashed a Big Bash League record 122 from 69 balls for Hobart Hurricanes this month. After 15 T20s, Short is averaging 43 with a strike rate of nearly 160. Add to it the fact he is a left-hander and the Aussie looks set for a giant leap in not only franchise but also international cricket.

JOFRA ARCHER

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Jofra Archer of the Hurricanes looks on during the Big Bash League match between the Sydney Thunder and the Hobart Hurricanes at Spotless Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Jofra Archer has been plying his trade in the BBL.

One of the most exciting all-round youngsters to emerge last season, Jofra is another ridiculously talented cricketer from the Caribbean. Though born in Barbados, Archer aims to one day play for England. In the meantime, Archer is making everyone take notice of his 90mph plus thunderbolts and superb fielding in the Big Bash League. What’s more, he averages 37 with the bat in 20 first-class games for Sussex with six fifties to his name. Just watch the video of his caught and bowled off Ben Cutting in BBL. It is one of the most sensational pieces of cricket you will see.

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