With a mini-auction for the 2021 Indian T20 League scheduled for February 18, Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc seems to be on the radar of every franchise ahead of the season. A left-arm pacer who can swing the ball upfront with the new cherry and come back and bowl yorkers with pinpoint accuracy automatically make one of the hottest commodities in the T20 world. Given that it’s a mini-auction and not many top-class players would be available, Mitchell Starc seems potentially the player who’d attract the biggest bid in this auction.
Along with Starc, we have listed down the other players who have the potential to be the other big-money signings ahead of the 2021 Indian T20 League.
MITCHELL STARC (Australia)
Mitchell Starc was picked for a whopping 9.4 crore in the 2018 season by Team Kolkata but he missed out on the season due to injury concerns. He then withdrew from the next two seasons and is looking to make a comeback to the Indian T20 League in the 2021 season. It’s a no brainer that most teams will be interested in qualities Starc brings to the field and for those reasons he is bound to be one of the most expensive players in this mini-auction.
Imagine a team with a bowling line-up of Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Mitchell Starc bowling in tandem! If this happens then the league should hand the trophy over to Team Mumbai already. But when it comes to financial powers, Team Punjab are coming into the auction with the biggest purse and having let go of Sheldon Cottrel ahead of the season, they too would be interested in getting the services of Starc.
GLENN MAXWELL ( Australia)
It’s safe to say that Glenn Maxwell has failed to live up to his ‘Big Show’ expectations in the Indian T20 League so far in his career. Somehow the league has always coincided with a bad patch in Maxwell’s batting form apart from the 2014 season. Still, we very recently saw the best of Maxwell yet again in the bilateral series between Australia and India, down under. Expect Maxwell to attract big bids yet again.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Team Bangalore would be interested in signing the Aussie all-rounder. It’ll be fascinating to see a batting line-up with the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glen Maxwell breaking all hell loose on the opposition bowling line up at a flat Chinnaswamy track.
STEVE SMITH (Australia)
It was interesting to see that Team Rajasthan let go of their captain Steve Smith and hand it over to Sanju Samson. Steve Smith has struggled to live up to his high standards in the T20 format but surely he has the game to be successful at the highest level in this format.
We believe that Steve Smith in the yellow of Chennai would be a perfect fit as he would add the much-needed stability to that Chennai batting line-up. Bangalore could be another destination for the ‘Smudger’. But will his game be too similar to that of Virat Kohli? Only time will tell.
KYLE JAMIESON (New Zealand)
The Kiwi all-rounder has already impressed one and all with his ability with both bat and ball. The lanky fast bowler has been reasonably successful in the limited T20 exposure he has got in his young cricket career. But he hasn’t been tested with the bat yet. With the extra bounce he is able to generate, the pitch at Mumbai and Punjab would be ideally suited to him. Expect these two franchises to be the front runners for the all-rounder.
DAWID MALAN (England)
The current World’s Number 1 T20I batsman should be able to attract decent interest from different franchises. There aren’t many teams who are looking for an international middle-order batsman in this auction but not picking Malan especially when he is in such great form would be a crime. Teams like Rajasthan, Bangalore and Punjab should be the right place for the English batter.
AARON FINCH (Australia)
Australia’s captain in the limited-overs had a league to forget in the previous season with Team Bangalore. He was supposed to come in with his experience and take the pressure away from Virat and AB and help them bat freely. None of that happened and Finch was horrendously out of form. No wonder Bangalore didn’t think twice about retaining him. Apart from Chennai and Kolkata, Finch has played for all the other teams.
SHAKIB AL HASAN (Bangladesh)
The all-rounder from the neighbouring country is back after missing out on cricket for more than a year. But he is now back as a matured individual and he is undoubtedly going to be one who will attract some big bids from many franchises. His experience of being successful in the league before is a bonus and teams like Rajasthan, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad would be the frontrunners for him.
SHIVAM DUBE (India)
It was surprising to see Shivam Dube being released by Bangalore ahead of this mini-auction. Dube has played for India as well in the T20I format and we saw shades of what he is capable of doing in the last season. His all-round abilities and now the experience of playing at the highest level will make him an asset to any team.
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