5 Players who can turn out to be expensive buys at IPL 2019 auction
Making their way to the auction, all the franchises would have marked out specific players that they would want to signup at any cost.
Published - Dec 2, 2018 2:39 pm | Updated - Dec 2, 2018 2:39 pm
Having done with the retentions and the releases, now the focus has shifted to the upcoming IPL 2019 auction that is expected to take place on 18th of December with Jaipur being its reported venue. The auction will see as many as 66 released players and other newcomers going under the hammer. The IPL governing council is yet to announce the player list as of now.
With just over two weeks to go for the auction, the franchises are scratching their head hard to mark out their players for the twelfth edition of the extravagant league. Before the eight teams get on the field to contest for a beautiful silverware, the eight franchises will have to fight it out in a virtual battle at the auction. Making their way to the auction, all the franchises would have marked out specific players that they would want to signup at any cost.
However, considering mutual choices amongst the franchises, we could expect some of the players to get higher bids and even create the possibility of a bidding war. Thus, in this feature, we take a look at five players who could turn out to be expensive buys at the IPL 2019 auction.
1. Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell is the new ‘Million Dollar Baby’ – the headlines read when the Australian batting all-rounder signed the expensive deal of 1 Million USD (INR 5.38 Crore then) with Mumbai Indians at the 2013 IPL Auction. At that point in time, the deal seemed far-fetched as Maxwell was struggling to present his case in international cricket. Moreover, he didn’t play a single game in IPL 2013 despite being the highest paid player that year.
However, today the same deal looks legit, to be precise far more reasonable, for a player of Maxwell’s stature. The Australian is undoubtedly a blast in T20 cricket. With exceptional power-hitting skills and being more than an able bowling hand, he is a hot affair in T20 cricket, especially franchise-based T20 cricket. Besides, of late, Glenn has been in a blazing form both with the bat and the ball.
Having amassed 506 runs at an astounding average of 36.14 and an outstanding strike-rate of 143.75, Maxwell is third highest run-getter for Australia in T20Is this year. To add fire to it, he has also taken nine wickets at an average of 14.33, strike-rate of 11.30, and economy of 7.58.
Thus, with sublime form up his sleeve, Maxwell could be a definite choice for all franchises at the IPL 2019 auction which could again make him the most expensive buy.