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IPL Auctions 2017: A Player For Your Team

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Ben Stokes can most could have an extraordinary impact on many franchise — but who will buy him? (Image from espncricinfo.com)

We are now just hours away from the eagerly anticipated IPL Auctions for 2017. This auction is the 3rd “remedial” (as I like to call it) auction, where teams aren’t looking as much to build a new side (on average), but are rather looking to secure the few players they need to strengthen their weaknesses from the previous season. With some of England’s finest limited overs players making their debut in the IPL Auctions, it will bring an extra dimension of interest.

This article will focus on one player who could impact each franchise the most. This does not mean that player is the only player who could make an impact, nor that this is the only player the franchise can buy; just the one who could impact them the most. Hence, if you want to know which player could certainly turn around (or boost) your team’s fortunes, read on:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Johnny Bairstow

Came Close: Ben Stokes, Corey Anderson

While David Warner was second only to Virat Kohli last season, the SRH middle order struggled to register runs, and this flaw came dangerously close to choking them in the Final, before Ben Cutting did his part. Not only does Bairstow bring strength to that middle order, but also brings a brand of aggression that was not seen enough in the Sunrisers lineup barring Warner. In addition, his ability as a wicket-keeper allows SRH to be flexible with Naman Ojha and the rest of their Indian batting contingent. He narrowly edges out Ben Stokes and Corey Anderson because the Sunrisers’ bowling is already above and beyond, and because of the presence of technically similar all-rounders in Moises Henriques and Ben Cutting.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Tymal Mills

Came Close: Trent Boult, Ben Stokes

RCB’s bowling has always been an issue, and is even more in light of Mitchell Starc’s recent departure from the side. While RCB do posses other bowling reserves – such as Tabraiz Shamsi, Adam Milne and Samuel Badree – injuries have not been kind to them, and hence having the insurance of a frontline seamer will be invaluable for the Challengers. Mills also worked with RCB’s head coach Daniel Vettori whilst playing for the Brisbane Heat earlier this year, strengthening his appeal to the side. He narrowly edges ahead of Boult on stats and base price. Stokes is also a strong contender, but the presence of Shane Watson and RCB’s plethora of Indian batting talent edges him out.

Gujarat Lions: Ben Stokes

Came Close: Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan

Gujarat’s only major problem in a table-topping debut season was the fact that their bowling attack struggled to defend totals – they won only the solitary game against the Delhi Daredevils batting first (by 1 run). This is a problem further exacerbated by the injury to Dwayne Bravo, which puts question marks on his participation during the season. Stokes could directly remedy the problem with Bravo, and contribute to the Lions’ smothering, all-out aggressive batting approach. While their Indian bowling contingent is something they will most certainly have to look into, Stokes’ bowling can also aid

Kolkata Knight Riders: Patrick Cummins

Came Close: Chris Woakes, Irfan Pathan

KKR essentially let go of what is essentially their entire overseas pace contingent ahead of the auction, perhaps looking to pick up one or two quicks in this auction to replace them. Now, with Andre Russell banned over doping charges, the Knight Riders will need to take that into account as well while rebuilding. Pat Cummins functions as a perfect platform for that. While his 2 crore base price is slightly high, his ability to throw down absolute thunderbolts, coupled with some skillful hitting at the back end of the innings, makes him the ideal starting pick for the Knight Riders. While there are other bowlers and bowling all-rounders in the pool, Cummins’ relative bowling strength to others with a similar batting capability sets him apart.

Mumbai Indians: Mohammed Shahzad

Came Close: Jason Roy, Johnny Bairstow

Mumbai have had trouble with opening combinations since the days of Sachin Tendulkar, and 2016 was no different. Like the Lions, they too struggled to defend totals, not due to poor bowling, but due to a batting lineup that didn’t seize enough initiative up front, like they did in their victorious 2015 campaign. In fact, one could go as far as to say that the injury to Lendil Simmons hurt them more than the injury to Lasith Malinga. Mohammed Shahzad could help solve this problem. His fearless hitting at the top could set a base for Rohit Sharma, and later the finishers in Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler, to give MI some truly unassailable totals. The fact that he offers another wicket-keeping option edges him slightly ahead of his closest competition.

Delhi Daredevils: Ben Stokes

Came Close: Angelo Matthews, Corey Anderson

Delhi Daredevils’ campaign was a truly remarkable one, built on a strong backbone of India’s youth, supported eagerly by upcoming stars from all over the world. Constant (and sometimes unnecessary) tinkering is one of the possible reasons as to why they did not make a semifinal spot. Ben Stokes can settle the squad, and hopefully form a solid base around whom the Daredevils can construct the rest of their side. Matthews and Anderson would be great for this too, but current form favors Stokes. In addition, Delhi’s auction purse is second only to KXIP, meaning that they will have an edge should the bidding get heated.

Rising Pune Supergiants: Mohammed Nabi

Came Close: Corey Anderson, Ben Stokes

Rising Pune Supergiants have a strong top, but lacked depth in their batting. In addition, Pune unfortunately failed to fully utilize their spin resources, shown as Adam Zampa did not play until the back-end of the tournament, and R Ashwin was criminally under-bowled. However, Nabi would be able to remedy both problems at once, adding a few runs lower down the order and be a valuable spin resource. This would allow the Supergiants to exploit the spin of their home pitch, and by doing so build a side similar to the KKR side that won the 2012 IPL. Stokes and Anderson are equally competant, but Nabi’s spin – and the presence of Mitchell Marsh – mean they take second place.

Kings XI Punjab: Ben Stokes

Came Close: Corey Anderson, Angelo Matthews

Punjab’s poor performance in 2016 was mainly attributed to the fact that they lacked an “X-factor” player; someone who delivers sensational performances that single-handedly bring victory, inspiring their teammates in the process. This was reflected as they released only 4 players – 3 overseas players and one costly Indian player. This shows that KXIP have very specific players in mind, and are willing to spend heavily on them. It would not be a radical leap of faith to assume that Stokes is most certainly one of those specific players. While the other two will also likely be on KXIP’s list, Stokes is most definitely a forerunner.

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IPL Auction 2017: 7 Bargain Picks

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After a scintillating Big Bash, Ben McDermott makes it to the IPL Auctions. (Image from espncricinfo.com)

The coveted player list for the 2017 IPL Auctions is finally out. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what I have been waiting for since forever. This finally allows me to fill theories with solid data.

To celebrate this, here are 10 potential bargain pics for the 2017 Auction:

#7: Martin Guptil (NZ)

Base Price: Rs. 50 Lakh

Once again Martin Guptill enters the auction with a base price that – compared to many other of his calibre – is laughably low. After going unsold last year (to the shock of the cricketing community), he had a short stint with the Mumbai Indians as a replacement for Lendil Simmons. Despite the relative stability of most teams’ overseas combinations, Guptill could be an invaluable investment to the bench strength – at the very least – of any franchise, for a very low cost.

#6: David Wiese (RSA)

Base Price: Rs. 30 Lakh

A mainstay of South Africa’s T20I side for some time now – until his signing of the Kolpak deal which effectively ended his international career – David Wiese is loaded with T20 potential. He has represented numerous T20 sides across the globe, and had a great stint with RCB in 2015, grabbing 16 wickets in 14 games. Although form – and age – haven’t been on his side, Wiese’s T20 repertoire at that price would be an excellent deal at that price.

#5: RP Singh (IND)

Base Price: Rs. 30 Lakh

RP Singh has not been in India’s international setup for nearly 6 years now, and has even had a lean run in the IPL, with only two IPL stints in the last 4 years. Regardless, RP Singh possesses a strong reputation in IPL cricket, and for 30 lakh he serves as a useful backup seamer, particularly for teams with few Indian seamers.

#4: Mitchell Santner (NZ)

Base Price: Rs. 50 Lakh

Arguably one of the best spinners out there on the international front, Mitchell Santner will have fond memories of bowling in India — his 4/11 which helped New Zealand engineer a 47-run victory against their hosts in the 2016 T20 World Cup still lives in the memories of the cricketing community. While it is difficult for overseas specialist bowlers (or batsman) to get buyers at a stage where sides are already relatively settled Santner’s excellence – at a relatively low price – is something franchises to keep their eyes open for.

#3: Tom Cooper (Netherlands/AUS)

Base Price: Rs. 30 Lakh

Tom Cooper is essentially a T20 specialist, with a great deal of experience under his belt. He has made some memorable knocks – including a whirlwind 15-ball 45 in the Netherlands’ memorable chase against Ireland in the 2014 T20 World Cup Qualifier. He is a very experienced campaigner in the Big Bash League, serving as a powerful hitter for the Melbourne Renegades. His part-time off-spin is more than tidy, and can keep runs down when needed. At 30 lakh, he could bring some extra bench strength (if nothing else) to any team.

#2: Ben McDermott (AUS)

Base Price: Rs. 10 Lakh

Ben McDermott had a wonderful Big Bash league. His skillful stroke-play combined with a panache for power-hitting managed to even keep the legendary Kumar Sangakkara out of the Hobart Hurricanes XI. He also scored a blazing 114 of 52 to help Hobart chase down a monumental 222 set by Aaron Finch’s Melbourne Renegades. At 10 lakh, he would be a small investment with great potential for any franchise.

#1: D’Arcy Short (AUS)

Base Price: Rs. 10 Lakh

D’Arcy Short turned eyes as he lit up the Hurricanes’ first game of the 2016 Big Bash with a 29-ball 61. Although the rest of his season was relatively unimpressive, Short’s aggressive batting style lends itself well to T20 cricket in general, even more in the IPL. His left arm chinaman spin is also effective in stealing a few wickets here and here. At 10 lakh, he is also an incredible bargain.

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IPL Auctions – A little more info

Hello everyone,

I know you are all excited about the IPL auctions that will take place this Sunday. I am too :D. Just to let you know, I’ve managed to get my hands on a list of the players who will feature in this year’s auctions (you can download the pdf here), and now I will be editing all the pre-auction reviews slightly, so be sure to take a fresh look at them all. On other news, the Mumbai Indians have released RP Singh, and also John Wright will be coaching MI this year. Also, Micheal Clarke and Ricky Ponting are going to feature in this year’s auctions, both under the highest possible base price of $400,000. To make things easier, I will make another category called “IPL Auctions“, which will be a direct link to all the pre-auction reviews, and other auction stuff. See you soon!

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Sensations of the DLF IPL 2012

Yes, the fever of arguably the best T20 tournament in the universe has struck us. So far we’ve seen some sensational cricket by all the teams so far. Some of these miracles are Chennai’s chasing of RCB’s taunting 205 thanks to the wonderful 19th over bowled by Virat Kohli to which Albie Morkel helped himself. Scoring 28 runs of it, the over went as such: 4,6,4,6,2,6. And after that, when you see how ferociously the almost below-par score of 130 is defended so ferociously till the last ball, it makes RCB’s bowling look lame (and especially if you are an RCB fan, it will just make you feel so bad). Another sensation was the West Indies (or is he Indian?) off spinner Sunil Narine. You see, the KKR officials decided to take my blogging advice for the auction, but instead of going after Ajantha Mendis, they went after Narine. And after having succesfuly outbid the Mumbai Indians  (who, by the way, also took my blogging advice, but instead of Tharanga they went for Gibbs), It was decided that Narine would recieve a surprisingly high sum of $700,000. He even missed a possible test debut just to play for KKR, and that didn’t please many people. However, Narine proved his worth with the ball as he picked up a maiden 5-wicket haul vs Punjab on Sunday. However, the sensation this IPL is not Narine or Morkel. He is a little bit closer to home. And that is Ajinkya Rahane. Opening the innings for Rajasthan with skipper Dravid in the absence of Shane Watson, Rahane began with a bang as he scored an powerful 98 in 66 balls vs KXIP in RR’s opening game, and then scored 59 runs in the next 3 innings. Then came the thunder. Against RCB, he bashed his way from 43 of 40 to a powerful 103 not out in just 60 balls to take RR to a comfortable 59 run win over the hosts, their first ever win by runs vs RCB since IPL 2008. So today’s games are RR vs DC at Jaipur, and RCB vs PWI at Bangalore. So that’s all for now. Adios 🙂

Our 3 players in form

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Who could get who in the IPL PLAYER AUCTIONS 2012

Here is a debate on who could buy who in the auctions starting today. They will be broadcasted on Set Max from 10:45 AM onwards.

  1. The Deccan Chargers have a formidable side, with the likes of Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Kumar Sangakkara, JP Duminy, and Cameron White. However, despite such a side, they still finished 7th on the IPL 2011 points table. After sending Kevin Pietersen to DD, they now have place for 4 overseas players, and a full purse of $2 million to spend. So, they will be looking for an in-form experienced batsman to guide the young batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan, Sunny Sohal, and Bharat Chipli, to name a few. Maybe Ian Bell or former DC batsman Herschelle Gibbs would help.

  2. RCB have rocked the world of domestic T2o since the arrival of Chris Gayle. With him, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers manning the top order, they are just short of invincible there. However, inability to take wickets at regular intervals and/or a delicate middle order have cost RCB many a game. Andrew McDonald’s inclusion into the squad will help in both departments, but with the dropping of Johan van der Wath and Nuwan Pradeep, RCB can work on a few specialists for their bowling order and middle order. maybe RP Singh and R Vinay Kumar would be good bowling partners for Zaheer, or Owais Shah, who answered England’s middle order woes, could do the same for RCB, or Brendon McCullum help with the keeping and take the burden off AB de Villiers . They would’nt say no to  Ravindra Jadeja either, but the all rounder is in high demand from various franchises and RCB, with $1.44 million left in the purse of $2 million after retaining Gayle may not be able to afford him.

  3. Team CSK has by far been the most consistent team in the entire of IPL. With right-left combinations all the way down the order, and experience down every corner, and most of all, functioning as a unit. If they buy back Muralitharan, it could add to the emotional bonding in the team, and also, he would make fantastic bowling partner for  Ravichandran Ashwin. Buying back New Zealand pacer Tim Southee would’nt be a bad option either, in case spearhead Doug Bollinger is injured.
  4. The Delhi Daredevils had a miserable season last IPL, finishing 10th on the table. Now that they have Kevin Pietersen, their batting order has been strengthened. They could buy a good bowler to assist Morne Morkel. Maybe someone like Peter Siddle or James Anderson could help there. Also an all rounder like Jadeja could really provide strength in both departments
  5. Rajasthan are now slightly vulnerable because of their top class all rounder Shane Watsons injury. It is most likely that he will return for the IPL. However, with Shane Warnes retirement, RR will be heavily reliant on Johan Botha for spin. So why not replace one Australian legend with another? Why not pick up Brad Hogg, the left arm wrist spinner? Hogg could help with spin and take the pressure off Botha and also share his experience with other youngsters like Siddarth Trivedi, Pankaj Singh and AdityaDole.  
  6. KXIP have been like a powerhouse of Australian experience and Indian youth. However, Dinesh Karthik’s transfer to Mumbai creates a wide hole in their middle order. In IPL 4 they suffered from the injuries of Dimitri Mascharanus, Stuart Broad and David Miller. If Broad and Mascharanus return in IPL 5, they will have a formidable bowling line up. So maybe they could purchase someone like Morne van Wyke could take the top order with Gilchrist and serve as a reserve keeper as well. Kevin O’Brien could also cement the middle order and bowl as well. So these 2  players could make up for Dinesh Karthik’s departure from the team. 
  7. The Mumbai Indians have a very strong bowling line up with the likes of Lasith Malinga, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh and Kieron Pollard. Praghyan Ojha’s inclusion in a bonus there. However, MI have never had a fully proper opening partner for Sachin since Jaysuriya. Jacobs was always injured, and Franklin, Suman, and Sathish just couldn’t do the job. Aiden Blizzard was good, but not brilliant. So Mumbai will be looking for someone to help there. Dinesh Karthik’s inclusion means that their keeping woes are over. Perhaps Upul Tharanga or Ravi Bopara could help.
  8. KKR have power through the line-up with Brad Haddin ana  Jacques Kallis up opening and Gautam Gambhir at No.3 and Manoj Tiwari at No.4 followed by Eoin Morgan, Yusuf Pathan, and maybe Rajat Bhatia. It’s their bowling that provides all these woes. What can they expect with their only specialist spinner being young Iqubal Abdulla? They should try for a more experienced bowler who can share the spin burden with Abdulla, as well as a good spearhead to assist Brett Lee. Perhaps former KKR spinner Ajantha Mendis or Windies’ pacer Fidel Edwards could help.

  9. Pune Warriors have had a miserable IPL debut, finishing 9th on the points table. Without Yuvraj Singh, the team will either need to purchase a new captain, or appoint Saurav Ganguly captain.Mitchell Marsh was impressive with the ball, and Alfonso Thomas would be a good bowling partner for him, as well as Ashish Nehra. Wayne Parnell and Callum Ferguson could also add to he team’s deadliness. Perhaps investing in someone who can hold the top order and middle order in Yuvi’s absence would be a good thing. Perhaps Brad Hodge or Mahela Jaywardene could serve the purpose.
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IPL auction 2012

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The auction of the IPL 2012 is coming soon. It is a chance for the team franchises to pick up players who were unsold during the 2011 auction which was held in January (e.g- Brian Lara, Ajantha Mendis, Herschelle Gibbs), prior to IPL season 5. This one will be more interesting for the English Cricket Board as James Anderson, Greame Swann, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell and other English stars are looking like hot property. The players who once belonged to the Kochi Tuskers Kerala will also be up for auction as the team’s contract was terminated several months ago. Even the Pakistani players might be auctioned. However, if a player is unsold here, he will have to wait for at least another year to be bought up for auction. The auction is likely to be held sometime during the end of this January or early February, but the venue is still not known to me. Adidos.

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