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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 2012 so far

So far the DLF IPL has been going beautifully. First Mumbai’s thumping win over Chennai, then Kolkata’s rainwashed loss to the Delhi Daredevils, then Dravid’s Royals coming with  thumping wins over Punjab and KKR, then Pune’s elegance in the field granting them wins over MI and KXIP, and last but not least Jadeja’s superb all-round show helping CSK thrash Deccan Chargers by a massive 74 runs, and Bangalore’s AB de Villiers and Muttiah Muralitharan making sure RCB beat DD by 20 runs. Now DC face and uphill task against the Mumbai Indians (or should I say Old DC ?!). After suffering that immense loss against CSK, which has put their net run rate at a horrible -3.700. So if DC want to get back in the contest the must not win, but thrash MI. Kumar Sangakkara’s return from a moderately successful 2-Test series vs England will definitely benefit the Chargers. Other than that, AB de Villiers commented that Bangalore had the best crowd ever (take that CSK fans!) and people are saying that Pune will be this year’s surprise team. I don’t think so, though. 2 wins vs 2 teams that have struggled with the bat is nothing very awesome. Wait and watch what will happen when Ashok Dinda bowls to Chris Gayle. I doubt Ganguly’s luck will hold off that far. But one player who has really outdone himself this IPL is Kevon Cooper. Picked into the RR playing 11 ahead o the likes of Brad Hogg and Shaun Tait, he has proved the selectors’ decision correct. He is currently the holder of the Purple Cap while Ajinkya Rahane holds the Orange Cap. So that’s all for now. So tonight, it’s the Deccan Chargers playing the Mumbai Indians, on Set Max (for Tata Sky users, Set Max HD is also available) at 8:00 PM. The Extraa Innings T20 starts at 7:00 PM. Adios

Kevon Cooper (centre) celebrates with team mates Shreevats Goswami (left) and Ajinkya Rahane (right)

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