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All you need to know about the IPL Auction 2019

The VIVO IPL 2019 Player Auction list is out with a total pool of 351 cricketers set to undergo the hammer in Jaipur on December 18, 2018. While 1003 players had initially registered, the final list has been pruned after the eight franchises submitted their shortlist of players.

With INR 2 crore as the highest reserve price, nine overseas players – Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Lasith Malinga, Shaun Marsh, Colin Ingram, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews, D’Arcy Short – have opted to be slotted in the highest bracket.

Jaydev Unadkat, last season’s top Indian grosser with a whopping final bid amount of INR 11.5 crore leads the pack among Indian players with a base price of INR 1.5 crore. Former Kings XI Punjab all-rounders Yuvraj Singh and Axar Patel have set their base price at INR 1 crore.

With INR 1.5 crore as base price, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel will hope to return to action for the 12th season of the VIVO IPL. Among the Indian quicks, Mohammed Shami has set his base price at INR 1 crore while Ishant Sharma will invite the first bid at INR 75 lacs.

A look at how things will unfold:

It will all start at 15:30 IST

Another IPL auction? A second in 12 months?

Yes, the IPL will have a second auction this year. The first, a big auction in January, saw franchises spend big bucks to build teams brick-by-brick for the 2018 season. The auction on Tuesday will be a far smaller exercise, where a majority of the franchises will be going in for target buys.

So why is there a second IPL auction in less than 12 months?

Usually the auction takes place in January/February. However, this year the BCCI chose to hold the auction in December to allow franchises enough time to prepare for the early start of IPL 2019. Considering the ODI World Cup begins on May 30 in the UK, and with teams needing enough preparation time, the IPL is likely to start on March 23 and finish by mid-May.

Tell me more about the specifics of this auction? 

There are a maximum of 70 slots available to the eight franchises, of which a maximum of 20 can be filled by overseas players with the remaining filled by Indian players. Franchises will make their pick from the auction pool comprising 346 players. It is mandatory that every franchise have a minimum squad strength of 18 and a maximum of 25.

What about the purse?

Every franchise will have a purse of INR 2 crore in addition to the balance kitty from the January auction. Kings XI Punjab have the deepest pockets with a purse of INR 36.2 crore, followed by the re-christened Delhi Capitals at INR 25.5 crore. It is mandatory that every franchise spends a minimum INR 61.5 crores out of their total purse of INR 82 crores.

Here is a breakdown of all teams and what they will be needing:

1. Chennai Super Kings

CSK have retained their core team – they have a well-settled unit and a wealth of experience and match-winners in Dhoni, Jadeja, Watson, Du Plessis, Raina and Harbhajan. With a purse of 8.40 crores remaining for two available slots, CSK would look to get some youth into an ageing side – preferably a top-order batsman and a quality left-arm bowler. CSK have exhausted their limit for overseas players and thus both their choices have to be from the domestic pool.

2. Mumbai Indians

MI can select 7 players for a maximum purse of Rs. 11.15 crores. Six of these seven have to domestic players. They have a very potent fast bowling unit – with the likes of Bumrah, Cutting, McClenaghan, Milne and Behrendorff.

They would look at strengthening their batting – the top and middle order is heavily dependent on Rohit and De Kock.​

Brendon McCullum and Wriddhiman Saha could also be players on MI’s radar. McCullum is the second-highest scorer in T20 history after Chris Gayle with 9620 runs at a strike rate of 137.21 in 351 innings. Saha can be used as a floater and has the ability to hit the long ball.

3. Royal Challengers Bangalore

Bangalore has a weak squad and need to make the most of this IPL auction. Barring the two modern greats – AB de Villiers and Kohli – the batting lacks depth and experience.

There is no Indian batsman in the middle order and no quality opener in the squad. Bangalore have a purse of Rs. 36.20 crores for a maximum of 11 Indian and 4 overseas players.

Jonny Bairstow could be a great buy for them – he could open the innings and also play the additional role of wicket-keeper – this would release the pressure off AB.

Another option behind the stumps could be Anuj Rawat – a left-handed batsman and member of the India Under-19 Team – a good future prospect.

4. Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers would desperately seek an opener to replace Dhawan at the top. Hetmyer and Guptill would be good options. The New Zealander has a stellar record in both domestic and international T20 matches. Overall, he has scored 6167 runs in 208 innings at an average of 32.62 and strike rate of 128.21.

Finishing games has been a problem for SRH and with slots for two overseas players available they must look to replace Brathwaite with a hard-hitting all-rounder lower down the order. A like for like replacement would be Corey Anderson who has a strike rate of 142.94 in T20 cricket.

They must also fill one of their three available Indian slots with an additional wicket-keeper. Ankush Bains and Sheldon Jackson could be good options.

5. Delhi Capitals

Delhi would look for an experienced right-handed opening batsman to partner Dhawan at the top. With a purse of Rs. 25.50 crores the more popular option would be McCullum. But Delhi should also try and scoop Alex Haleswho has been in great form in the T10 League in Sharjah.

Hales is a T20 giant with over 5000 runs in the format at a strike rate of 142.29, though yet again his unavailability for the whole length of the tournament may count against him.

Delhi would also look to stack their middle-order with some quality batsmen – they can look at the likes of Darren Bravo, Usman Khawaja, Manoj Tiwary and Hanuma Vihari.

6. Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan has a strong top-order but would look to strengthen their middle-order with an overseas and a couple of Indian batsmen.

Priyank Panchal has had two formidable Ranji seasons averaging 87.33 and 60.22 in 2016-17 and 2017-18. He was the leading scorer for Gujarat in the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He should be on their radar keeping in mind their legacy of cultivating new talent.

7. Kings XI Punjab

Having let go of Axar Patel, Stoinis and Yuvraj, Kings XI are in need of quality all-rounders. They can choose a maximum of 11 Indian and 4 overseas players. They might look at the likes of Sam Curran and Angelo Mathews,though yet again their availability for the entire tournament is a question mark.

The Sri Lankan all-rounder has a wealth of experience having scored more than 2000 runs in 130 innings. He is a dangerous lower-order batsman capable of hitting the long ball.

He is a disciplined bowler who can slip in a few tight overs. Jason Holder and Dwayne Smith are other all-rounders in the Rs. 75 Lakh category that Kings XI could consider.

8. Kolkata Knight Riders

The Kolkata Knight Riders missed out narrowly on a place in the final of IPL 2018 after losing to the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2. Their spinners and Dinesh Karthik’s performances were their highlights in the tournament.

While Andre Russell gave a few match-winning performances, Sunil Narine played a major role both with the ball and the bat. Chris Lynn’s performance was lacklustre as he was suffering from a shoulder injury.

With Australians to miss out on a part of IPL, KKR need a good opener to be available as a backup or even replace Lynn. Their middle order was good on a few occasions but often left Karthik to do too much of the scoring in the middle order.

Via: ESPNCricinfo / Hindustan Times / Cricket Next /


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