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Dawid Malan to Smith: Top Bargain Buys from Auction 2021

If you get the world number one T20I batsman, Dawid Malan in his base price in the Indian T20 League auction, then it’s best to believe THAT the franchise owners are having a good day in office. After tons of simulations and speculations, auctions are still pretty much impossible to predict. It is always the big money signings which grab the headlines but shrewd buys, sometimes even on the base price, are the ones which can make all the difference.

Here, we’ll throw light on the five bargain buys which we think could make an impact on the tournament this 2021 season.

DAWID MALAN | 1.5 CRORE | TEAM PUNJAB

Dawid Malan entered the auction as the number one ranked T20I player according to the International Cricket Council (ICC) ratings. Unfortunately for Malan, not many franchises were looking for a top-order overseas batsman and that was predominantly due to lack of releases by most teams ahead of this mini-auction.

Where money was splashed recklessly on some players, Team Punjab got a steal purchase in Malan, at his base price of just 1.5 cr. The England top-order batsman doesn’t seem a starter in the current Punjab team which already has the likes of Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran as their first four batters. But Malan for sure will have a role to play in a long season and the Punjab management would be delighted to pick him on his base price.

MUSTAFIZUR RAHMAN | 1 CRORE | TEAM RAJASTHAN

A left-arm pacer is one of the most expensive commodities to get your hands on in the Indian T20 League auction. Especially, someone of Mustafizur Rahman’s quality who can deliver wickets with the new ball, in the middle overs with his change of pace and bowl accurate yorkers in the death overs.

Team Rajasthan picked the Bangladeshi bowler on his base price of 1 cr and they couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a bidding war for the pacer. Mustafizur was a key part of the winning Hyderabad team back in 2016 and Rajasthan would be hoping for a similar impact by ‘The Fizz’.

LIAM LIVINGSTONE | 75 LAKHS | TEAM RAJASTHAN

As mentioned earlier, overseas top-order batsmen were at the bottom of the priority list in this year’s auction. That’s why Rajasthan got an opportunity to scalp Liam Livingstone in his base price of just 75 lakhs.

Team Rajasthan certainly like their English contingents and Livingstone will add to that tally. The dashing top-order batsman can be a good addition to the squad. With Jos Butler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer being sure-shot picks in the XI, will they field four English players as their overseas players in the team? Surely that’ll be some sort of a record in the league.

UMESH YADAV | 1 CRORE | TEAM DELHI

In an auction where the franchises wanted to splash all their money on fast bowlers, Umesh Yadav would have been disappointed to see him being picked just on his base price. On the flip side, Team Delhi would be delighted with this acquisition as they added to their Indian bowling line up by acquiring the services of Umesh Yadav.

Yadav is an international bowler with plenty of Indian T20 League experience. Combined with Ishant Sharma, Tushar Deshpande and Avesh Khan, Team Delhi have some decent Indian fast bowlers to pick from.

STEVE SMITH | 2.2 CR | TEAM DELHI

There’s a theory floating around saying that Steve Smith isn’t a successful T20 batsman. His record in the league would suggest that but still, he has led a team to the final of the league back in 2017. With no added pressure of captaincy and lack of price tag, Smith can flourish under the leadership of his countryman Ricky Ponting.

Where would Delhi fit Smith is an interesting development to follow as the team is already top-order heavy. To buy someone of the class of Steve Smith for just 2.2 cr is always going to pay off at some point in the tournament.

 

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