10 Cricketers who could be the costliest if mega auction happens before IPL 2021
Updated - Nov 28, 2020 7:21 pm
After the end of the successful 13th IPL amidst the Covid-chaos, fans and experts are looking forward to another cricketing carnival in the upcoming year. As the 14th edition of the T20 extravaganza is all set to hit the floors, talks and discussions are the need of the hour for every franchise prior to the auction.
If speculations are to be believed, then BCCI is mulling to add one more team in the swanky pool of 8 current teams. Although no formal notification has been issued by the cricketing body as of now, if the decision is put into place, then the 14th edition will fancy mega auction. Interestingly, the high-profile reshuffling of the teams last happened in 2018. Much to the fans’ excitement, the game of retention, drop along with Right to Match will set the tempo before the tournament gets underway.
On that note, this article attempts to focus on the top 10 heavyweight players whose name can echo loudly within the closed room of the marquee event. Will it be the budding talent Ishan Kishan or will the experienced Suresh Raina bag the heavy bids to their name? Notably, there are 8 more players who can rule the roost in the Mega auction day. With an intent to go extra-strong in the next IPL, every team will cherish to boast lethal match-winners in their camp.
So, without any further ado, let’s get started (All amounts considered in INR):
10. Shakib Al Hasan (5 crore-7 crore)
The Bangladesh cricketer has always been a force to reckon with. Eventually, the wily batting all-rounder emerged into the IPL in 2011. Plying his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011 to 2017, he remained the shining light in the middle-order with the bat and spearheaded the spinning unit consistently. Amassing 227 runs and scalping 11 wickets in 2014, Shakib played a crucial role in the KKR’s journey to their second trophy.
Overall, he has garnered 746 runs at an astounding strike rate of 126.66 whereas 59 wickets with the ball at an economy of 7.46 in total 63 matches. Of late, he is back in action after completing the two-year ban by the ICC for serious misconduct.
Therefore, the experienced 33-year-old is expected to emerge as the big-ticket player in the mega auction. Every team will be eyeing for a match-winner like him who can provide the right balance to the middle order and can take the command of winning matches with his spinning craft.