With the IPL Auction scheduled this week, we are looking at the top capped players franchises will look to add to their sides for the upcoming season.
It’s a surprise that Yuzvendra Chahal was not retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore. Instead, they went with Sarfaraz Khan in the auction. While the strategy does allow RCB two crores more in their salary cap for retaining an uncapped player, they may end up shelling out way more in the auction via RTM. As far as the player is concerned, 37 wickets in 24 matches in 2017 proves that he is a match-winner on his day and there will be a war for him come January 27.
Just like in the case of his fellow wrist-spinner, Kuldeep Yadav’s non-retention raised a few eyebrows. He and Chahal have become the lead spinners in limited overs cricket for the national side, taking over the reins from Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. An economy of 7.39 and 24 wickets to his name in the previous year, the 23-year-old is a wicket-taking option for a captain, and as Brad Hogg has shown over the years, a chinaman is always special in T20 cricket.
With an ODI and T20I a piece at the fag end of 2017, the 18-year-old will be added to the ‘Capped Players’ bracket this auction. He was excellent for Rising Pune Supergiant in their run to the final, picking up eight wickets at an economy of 6.16, and is having a good Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, with 11 wickets in the eight games so far (January 24).
KL Rahul had to miss out the IPL last year due to a shoulder injury. He returned to the ODI side in September and played only three T20s in the remainder of the year, scoring half-centuries in two of them. Along with opening, the 25-year-old also kept wickets for RCB, and him donning the gloves could go a long way in franchises balancing out their playing XI.
The southpaw is struggling to find his feet in South Africa but his ability in limited overs has never been in doubt. With an average of 32.50 in T20s in the calendar year, Dhawan is a fantastic buy for anyone looking for an aggressive opening, and left-handed, batsman at the top-order.