IPL Auction Update
It's a little less than two months until Christmas which also means it's even less time until the IPL20 player auction. With the world cup behind us and the T20 world cup in Australia, the next edition of the IPL could be the best yet. Who will feature in this years IPL auction and which players will Christmas come early for this year?
World Cup Players
Finalists in the recent world cup, New Zealand and English players should feature heavily in the IPLT20. And now that Brendon McCullum is the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders we might see more Black Caps in India. The players to look out for are; Hashim Amla, Lockie Ferguson, James Neesham, Tom Banton and Mitchell Starc.
Hashim Amla, who retired from international cricket post the 2019 World Cup, could be the ideal addition to any IPL team. Amla is free from the pressures of international cricket, and when he last played the IPL in 2017 for Kings XI Punjab, he scored 420 runs, at an average of 60 and strike rate of 145.83 in 10 matches. He was also named in the T20 XI of the year 2017 by Cricinfo.
Lockie Ferguson has been in impressive form for the Black Caps with his pace and bounce a major headache for batsmen. Ferguson would be a significant boost for any bowling line up. Reports indicate CSK are just that team and are looking to add him to their attack. The cricket betting odds on this years IPL winner will be significantly impacted if CSK add Ferguson and one or two like him, CSK may be the team to bet on this year.
Fellow countryman, James Neesham, plays as an allrounder. In the recent Caribbean Premier League, Neesham was the highest wicket-taker for Trinbago Knight Riders. His batting average in the Caribbean League was poor, but overall his 24 average at a strike rate of 137 will come in handy.
Tom Banton is an English cricketer who made his debut for Somerset in the 2017 NatWest t20 Blast. At a strike rate of 154 and 39.4 average, Tom maybe the ideal batsman on slow Indian pitches.
Mitchell Starc has either been on international duty or injured for the last four IPL seasons. He barely bowled in the recent Ashes series which means he is as fresh as a daisy and raring to prove his T20 credentials before the T20 World Cup in Australia. Starc is one of the best while-bowl bowlers around.
Domestic Indian players
Domestically, Indian have consistently produced some of the finest cricketers the world has ever seen. The IPL will likely launch the careers of some very talented Indian players such as Shahrukh Khan and Yashasvi Jaiswal. Shahrukh Khan loves hitting sixes, and his consistent running scoring places him in contention for the upcoming auction.
The final player in our list is set to become a household name. Yashasvi Jaiswal emerged as a superstar in this year's Vijay Hazare Trophy. In six innings, he collected 564 runs at a Smith-like average of 112. In October 2019, Jaiswal registered 203 against Goa, becoming the youngest player to score a List A double century.
About the IPL Auction
The auction trading window is open until November 14, 2019, with the auction being held on 19 December, 2019. All teams have an Rs 85 crore to spend on their side, with an additional Rs 3 crore added to the balance from their kitties from the last auction. Notably the Delhi Capitals have the biggest balance of Rs 8.2 crore, then the Rajasthan Royals (Rs 7.15 crore), Kolkata Knight Riders (Rs 6.05 crore), Sunrisers Hyderabad (Rs 5.3 crore), Kings XI Punjab (Rs 3.7 crore), Chennai Super Kings (Rs 3.2 crore), Mumbai Indians (Rs 3.05 crore) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (Rs 1.8 crore).
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