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.