It’s mega Auction week , we are just a day ahead for the big day on one of the biggest Cricket Events in the world. Almost , more that 500 Players registered their names in the current mega auction which shows the value of this mega event which was shortlisted by the BCCI according to the wishlist of each franchise. Over 220 overseas players were shortlisted for just 8 place in each team .It even diminished with the list of 9 players who were retained and drafted by each Franchise .
For example players like Moeen Ali, Kieron Pollard , Maxwell . So the requirement of each team will be a maximum slot of 8 overseas ,conclusively it will be 80 players from the list of 220 . In this article , we are not going to witness the big money bank players in marquee list , such as Rabada, Warner and so on..Anyhow these players will get their purse filled within one hour after the commencement of auction on saturday. In this article,there are some smart buys the team might opt to get their balanced XI , so that a team with less purse amount in their auction purse will manage to get their playing XI also a back option for the overseas slot.
Aaron Finch :
He is a Current Australian T20 world cup winning captain , yet he has the record of playing most IPL franchises . Also , he was unsold in a previous mini auction. An opening batsman with great captaincy skills, he is yet to prove his batting skills in IPL standard. Teams with captaincy requirements might consider him at the auction.
Kolkata Knight Riders: As per the sources, KKR is eager to buy Shreyas in their franchise for captaincy, if they fail to get Iyer in their squad there are chances KKR will be thinking of making Finch as opener along with Venkatesh Iyer. KKR is the kind of franchise who firmly believe in overseas captaincy higher than any team.
He is one of the underappreciated cricketers with multi dimensional value ,he has the ability to cover the fields in terms of both wicket keeper and fielder, even in England he is undervalued because of big guns like Bairstow, Butler in the squad. Also, he is flexible enough to play even as opener, middle order , finisher. He had one memorable season with CSK especially the knock against KKR in Chepauk , still one of the best innings of IPL for him after that he was named “ THAMBI SAM” by CSK fans.
Team Prediction :
It would be great if he is picked by RCB, who were in the need of wicket keeper and overseas slot , with the absence of ABD surely RCB might consider his wicket keeping and finishing skill and along with maxwell, he can finish matches if he was utilised for entire season he can be bought with less bidding war as he was not in big fish overseas list such as De kock, Johny Bairstrow.
David Wiese , is the kind of player who give balance to the team as an all rounder option, with so much of bidding war for all rounders like Mitchel Marsh, Holder which will going to happen in the auction for big purse franchise , it will be a smart buy to invest in these kind of associate player who have vast experience in the T20 cricket and he might be sold to his base price.He has the capability to perform like Jacque Kallis, its not fair to compare him with legend, but he has the ability to give four overs and a decent batting down the order.
Team Prediction :
Chennai Super Kings, yes the daddy army will always put their money on experience though his age was 36 , he has the capability to do match winning performance , who knows if David wiese was picked by CSK ,if he gets the playing XI chance it might be one of the life changing moments for him .
He is also an associate nation player who has the ability to clear the fence with his monstrous power . RCB bought him in previous auction but he was underutilised in the team with the presence of AB, Maxi it is difficult for a player like him to prove his potential in the squad. Since, the associate player list will be released after bidding war of star players , teams might think of him as a handy option for smart buy within their purse money.
Rajasthan Royals , is one of the the team who believes in fresh and raw talent with monstruos power hitting capacity they bought Liam livingstone and added him in the squad. Though they have huge money on the purse, mostly they might lose more percentage of money from their purse by bidding for star players in the auction . In the absence of Ben Stokes ,RR must need a finisher in their squad so Tim david is the player who can fit in the squad without any doubt.
Devon Conway played a great knock after the mini auction in 2021, there are sayings many franchises considered him after that knock as a replacement option .He played some quality cricket in his early stages of his career on three formats.He missed his T20 world cup final due to injury , if he was part of that game the story would have been different of NZ in the final. He is also a multi dimensional player who can bat up the order and wicket keeper as well.But in this IPL , he might surely prove his worth in the team.
Mumbai Indians, is one of the teams who always have two formulas in their squad selection , one left arm overseas pace bowler and the other one left/right hand batsman who can open the innings. Since, they lost both QDK, Ishan from their squad. It will be difficult to bring any of these two with their current auction purse value, teams like Mumbai used to buy players with smart money and make some strong squads. If conway was picked with less bidding war, it will be a great move for the franchise.