With the IPL Auction set to take place on January 27 and 28, The Ring Side View is picking out the best international picks franchises could be looking at for the upcoming season.
The England all-rounder was the most wanted star last year, it won’t be any different in 2018. With more money in the bank for the franchises, Ben Stokes is likely to fetch much more than he did – 14.5 Cr by Rising Pune Supergiant. His off-field actions prevented him from featuring in the Ashes, ODIs and most probably the T20I series against Australia, but it is unlikely to hamper his popularity on January 27.
Everywhere Rashid Khan goes, his wrists are leaving an impression. He came to the IPL last year as the first player from Afghanistan to get picked for the tournament and performed exceptionally for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He picked up 17 wickets in 14 games at an economy of 6.62. The 19-year-old could raise a bidding war come Saturday but it would be surprising if the ‘RTM’ card is not used to bring back the leg-spinner to Hyderabad.
An eight-year veteran, Kieron Pollard has been a pillar in Mumbai Indians’ rise to being the most successful franchise in the IPL. But his powers are fading away; His batting has become more conservative and bowling has been drastically reduced. He will still be a fantastic buy for a franchise looking for a stable middle-order batsman with big-hitting abilities and is likely to go for a hefty sum.
From being a middle-order batsman, Jos Buttler has been converted to an opener – initially by Mumbai Indians, followed by Sydney Thunder. As the auction gets nearer, the 28-year-old is reminding everyone why is one of the most devastating batsmen in the limited overs format – Australia found that out on Sunday with his stunning 83-ball century. Add to this, he is a fantastic wicketkeeper – a skill overlooked in T20s.
Andrew Tye played only six games for Gujarat Lions before dislocating his shoulder. In those, he had picked up a hat-trick and finished with 12 wickets with an economy of 6.67. In the ongoing Big Bash League (as of January 22), the 31-year-old has picked up 16 wickets in just six games, which includes a five-wicket haul. Fair to say, Andrew Tye is currently the most prolific bowler in T20 cricket. The best sides in past IPLs have always had a brilliant seamer to produce crucial overs in the front and back of an innings, and Tye certainly fits that requirement.
Wild Card: Jofra Archer
Unless you have been living under a rock, the name Jofra Archer has certainly flashed up on your news feed, and rightly so. The Carribean man has brought his flair to this year’s Big Bash League, putting in some brilliant performances for Hobart Hurricanes. This is following an impressive stint in the Bangladesh Premier League. He is already turning heads in County cricket and IPL is likely to be his launch into the mainstream.
Here’s a quick glimpse of what he can do on the field. Sensational!