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IPL 2018: Indian players with a base price of 2 crores

Here is a look at all the players with a base price of 2 crores.

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Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian Premier League auction will be held on the 27th and 28th January. Being a mega-auction, it involves a huge pool of players. The interesting fact is that there are some big Indian names involved in the auction. Indian internationals were not up in the auction all this while as they were always retained back by their franchises. But this time, the auctions bring in much greater excitement with the involvement of these top-notch players.

Here is a look at all the players with a base price of 2 crores

1) Ajinkya Rahane: Rahane last played for the Rising Pune Supergiants. But, this team isn’t participating in this year’s IPL as their 2-year contract has ended. His old franchise, Rajasthan Royals had an option to retain him. However, they let him go back into the auction. It would be interesting to see if they will use their RTM card for him.

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2) Gautam Gambhir: The dynamic Delhi opener too is back into the auction after his successful stint as captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders. Earlier, he expressed his desire to play for the Delhi Daredevils. However, there is a good chance that the KKR will use an RTM card for him.

3) Harbhajan Singh: The ‘Turbunator’ played for the Mumbai Indians ever since the inception of IPL. There is hardly a chance that they will retain him back. He is expected to go for a good price in the auction as he is one of the few good off-spinners in India.

4) Yuvraj Singh: Yuvi played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad before he was released. He was brought by them for 7 crores. He isn’t in the greatest of forms with the bat and there isn’t much of a chance for SRH to retain him back. They will hope to buy him back at the auction for a cheaper price. However, he also might end up getting a good price given his all-round skills and experience.

5) Ravichandran Ashwin: It is surprising as CSK didn’t retain him. They would have felt that Jadeja will bring more value to the table. But given how important a player he was for CSK, there is a chance they will buy him. Also, many other franchises would be looking at him as a captaincy prospect and will wish to buy him. Ash is a great thinker of the game.

6) Shikhar Dhawan: Another surprising choice by the SRH. Many expected that this Delhi batsman will be retained. But, given his inconsistency with the bat, they let him go. But, a chance of RTM card used for him can’t be stricken out but it is very sleek.

7) Kedhar Jadhav: Chances of RCB using their RTM card for him is very minimal. So, he would grab the attention of a lot of franchises. The little man backs a punch and adds up as a wicketkeeping option too. He could be retained if RCB doesn’t get a hold of KL Rahul.

8) Murali Vijay: India’s test specialist opener also set his base price to 2 crores. He had an amazing time with the CSK. He was made the captain for KXIP but wasn’t so impressive with the bat. But given his clean striking skills and his good captaincy run with Punjab, he is up for grabs. Also, there is a good chance that KXIP will retain him.

9) KL Rahul: There is absolutely no doubt that RCB will use their RTM card for this man. But the only constraint for them is the finances. There might be a bidding war among the franchises for KL Rahul.

10) Robin Uthappa: He is another sure shot retention option for the KKR. They will want to retain him at all costs. Robbie too might get an aggressive bidding war.

11) Dinesh Karthik: Being an Indian wicketkeeper, franchises might go hard at him. We have seen this trend in the past and it could be no different this time. No team can use their RTM for him.

12) Yuzvendra Chahal: If there is one player in this list for whom every franchise will love to have an RTM card, it is Chahal. RCB will have no second thought about retaining him. Such has been the impact of this man in limited-overs cricket.

13) Karn Sharma: One would feel that this was an over-ambitious move from Karn. He didn’t get to play much for the MI last season. Although there is a great demand for leggies, two crores might be too much of an asking. Teams might look to bid for him in the second round of the auction.

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