It’s a known fact that fifty percent of the Indian T20 League is won at the auction table. Such is the importance of getting the squad dynamic correct before the start of the season. Overshooting for one player could have a significant impact on the rest of the squad. But allocating the correct amount for class players like Trent Boult or Ishan Kishan is key as these are game-changers in the T20 format and deserve the big bucks.
590 players would go under the hammer in this mega auction but only a handful of them would be sold and even fewer would go for the big bucks. In this piece, we’re looking at five such individuals who can be certain of a big payday coming their way as they should create a bidding war in the mega auction.
TRENT BOULT (Bowler)
With a base price of 2 crores, New Zealand’s spearhead with the ball, Trent Boult is a part of the marquee players list in the mega auction. He found a cosy home in Mumbai after being traded from Delhi ahead of the 2020 season. He was sensational in his first year with the team and formed a fierce new-ball partnership with Jasprit Bumrah.
Boult’s wickets in the powerplay overs was a key reason why Team Mumbai became five-time champions in the 2020 season. Apart from being a world-class bowler, he is also a gun fielder in the outfield. Team Mumbai would love to have him back in tandem with Bumrah. Expect Boult to go for plenty.
DAVID WARNER (Batter)
The fifth-highest run-getter in the history of the Indian T20 League, David Warner has struck form at the right time. After a diabolical season in 2021 with Team Hyderabad, Warner’s seven-year association with the franchise got over on a sour note. He is back at the auction and is on the marquee players list.
Plenty of teams are looking for a captain in this auction and Warner might just be the ideal candidate for the job. He captained Team Hyderabad to the title in the 2016 season so surely the franchises would be eager to splash some money on the Australian opening batter.
QUINTON DE KOCK (Wicket-Keeper Batter)
What was Ishan Kishan’s loss, by not making it to the marquee list becomes Quinton de Kock’s gain as the South African is the only wicket-keeper batter on the marquee list. He showed his exquisite touch in the recently-concluded limited-overs series against India by winning the Player of the Series award.
After an outstanding couple of seasons with Team Mumbai in 2019 and 2020, Quinton looked off-colour in the 2021 edition. But he seems to be back to his level best and is one of the most destructive opening batters in this year’s auction.
MOHAMMED SHAMI (Bowler)
While all the talks are always around Jasprit Bumrah in Indian cricket when it comes to the bowling department, Mohammed Shami is the one who goes under the radar but his numbers speak for themselves. Shami seems to be at the peak of his game currently and can easily be the leader of any attack in the Indian T20 League.
He has had three incredibly consistent seasons in a row with Team Punjab. With wickets upfront, deception in the middle overs and relentless accuracy in the death overs, Mohammed Shami is a complete T20 bowler now.
ISHAN KISHAN (Wicket-Keeper Batter)
There’s no doubt that if Ishan Kishan had been on the marquee list for this mega auction, he would have attracted the biggest bid of the season. Now Kishan’s name can come only after 20 players have gone under the hammer. That means the teams would have a smaller purse for the wicket-keeper batter now as compared to what might have been in the top ten list.
Team Mumbai would be delighted to see this transpire as now they can retain the services of Kishan at probably less than what they would have expected. Kishan is a swashbuckling opening batter and even after missing out on the marquee list, would attract a handsome bid in the auction.
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